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Energy News for week ending November 17, 2017

Class Action | Presidential Permit | 20M dollars for Western MA

Happy Friday afternoon folks.

There are a ton of stories this week, but here are three that stood out for us.

Vermont Business Magazine reports that on Thursday afternoon Eversource Energy and Avangrid Inc were hit with a class-action lawsuit stating that the two energy companies caused electricity consumers in New England to incur overcharges of $3.6 billion in a years-long scheme that impacted six states and affected 14.7 million people. The lawsuit was filed November 14, 2017, in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The complaint alleges the scheme violates multiple federal and state competition laws and state consumer protection statutes.

Good news this week came for Northern Pass in the form of receiving its Presidential Permit from the US Dept. of Energy. The Telegram reported that the permit allows for the $1.6 billion project to take hydropower across an international border and connect to the United States grid. There is still a ways to go before it’s done though. The article reports that the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee, or SEC, is expected to announce its final written decision on the project by March 31, 2018. And, along with the state approval, the project also is awaiting a permit from the U.S. Forest Service allowing the project to pass through parts of the White Mountain National Forest and a wetlands permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is expected by the end of the year.

Speaking of transmission projects, over at MassLive.com, Mary Serreze reports that TDI New England has pledged 20 years of funding, at $1 million annually, to Community Action of the Franklin, Hampshire and North Quabbin Regions for deep energy retrofits to low-income homes, if its New England Clean Power Link wins a major utility contract in the Bay State. TDI plans 98 miles of underwater and 56 miles of underground cable to deliver 1,000 megawatts of hydro, or hydro and wind, from Canada. Christmas comes a month late for bidders. Serreze notes that the winners will be announced Jan. 25 by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and electric utilities Eversource, National Grid and Unitil.

That wraps it up for this week. As always, you can find more news and events at NEEnergyNews.com.

Oh, and we’re taking next Friday off so we’ll be back in your in boxes on December 1. In the meantime, you can find energy stories Tweeted at @McMComm

Have a wonderful, safe, warm and happy Thanksgiving holiday.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Lawsuit accuses Eversource and Avangrid of causing $3.6 billion in excessive electricity costs in New England, Vermont Biz

Report raises doubts about gas ‘crisis, CommonWealth Magazine

Gas to power majority of New England by 2020, Argus

Natural gas has no climate benefit and may make things worse, Think Progress

Environmentalists Stage Sit-In At Governor’s Office Over Natural Gas Infrastructure, WGBH

Conservationists: Fossil fuel search would target migratory path of right whales, Cape Cod Times

Sandisfield highway chief: ‘Road is shot from pipeline work,’ Berkshire Eagle

Lynch bill could halt Weymouth compressor construction, Wicked Local Braintree

Water protector Winona LaDuke speaks on ‘cannibal economics,’ courage and fighting pipelines, theberkshireedge.com

RI agency opens hearing on LNG plan for Providence waterfront, The Providence Journal

Google Adding Methane Detectors To Street View Cars, CleanTechnica

Pipeline opponents flood FERC with requests for new hearings, Southeast Energy News

Dakota Access Pipeline Company Paid Mercenaries to Build Conspiracy Lawsuit Against Environmentalists, The Intercept

DOJ: Protestors Interfering With Pipeline Construction Will Be Prosecuted, OilPrice.com

Groups Sponsored By Fossil Fuel Industry Host Energy Forum, RIPR.org

Renewables Policy/RGGI/Climate change

Renewables Are on a Collision Course With Power Markets, Greentech Media

Virginia Moves to Join RGGI Carbon-trading Market, POWER magazine

Can Carbon-Dioxide Removal Save the World?, The New Yorker

Seven States Take Big Next Step on Climate: Here’s the What, Why, and How, Union of Concerned Scientists

Summit touts renewable energy progress, Salem News

Fossil fuel emissions will reach an all-time high in 2017, scientists say — dashing hopes of progress, Washington Post

Your car is a big environmental nemesis, and Mass. is stepping in, Boston Globe

Wind

No One Satisfied With New Vermont Wind Power Sound Rules, New York Times

Deepwater may fund UMass offshore wind, fishing study, Cape Cod times

Maine proposes new wind development rules, Utility Dive

The Energy 202: House GOP wants to water down tax breaks for wind energy. The Senate is unlikely to let it., Washington Post

The Future Of Offshore Wind Farms In The Atlantic, WSHU

Bird poo on wind turbines is a problem solved by high tech scarecrows, VICE News

Solar

MIT Reveals a Battery That Stores Solar Energy to Make Heat for Later, Inverse.com

From brownfield to greenfield: Former mine site hosts Vermont’s biggest solar array, vtdigger.org

Northampton solar landfill a ‘dream come true,’ says Ward 6 city councilor at ribbon-cutting, MassLive.com

60-day clock starts for Trump to decide on solar panel tariffs, Utility Dive

Nova Scotia Buildings to Feed Solar Power to Grid under New Program, Energy Central

Energy Efficiency

New Paper Says Emissions Cuts Should Start with Buildings, Not Transportation, Energy Manager Today

Americans for Prosperity: NH should dump energy-efficiency efforts, New Hampshire Business Review

Eversource Powers Up Energy Efficiency, The Keene Sentinel

Going Green Could Help Harwich Earn Some, Cape Cod Chronicle

America First? Trump Energy Cuts Would Eliminate Billions of Dollars in Direct Savings to Consumers, Greentech Media

Boston-based Current is now on GE’s chopping block, Boston Business Journal

Making More Sustainable LEDs With Reusable Materials, Greentech Media

City moving to purchase only above-ground streetlights, Eagle Tribune

Planned Community On Boston South Shore Will Be Laboratory For Sustainable Cities, CleanTechnica

Governor Cuomo Announces $12 Million to Increase Energy Efficiency for Industrial and Multifamily Buildings, NA Clean Energy

Nuclear

Sea level rise factors into nuclear waste discussion, Cape Cod Times

Entergy Objects To Conditions On PUC Consultant For Vermont Yankee Hearings, VPR

US eyes safety rules for small modular reactors, as nuclear touted at UN climate meeting, Utility Dive

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

DOE backs hydropower project bringing energy from Canada to southern New England, Telegram.com

NARUC panel discusses how to prepare for the mother lode of electricity disruptions, Daily Energy Insider

Cooperation, DOE NOPR, State RFPs the Topics at NECBC Meeting, RTO Insider

RI Power Sector Transformation Study Represents ‘A Big Step Forward’, Solar Industry

NH’s high utility bills blamed on subsidies, The Union Leader

Eversource Planning To Hire Staff, Upgrade Communications In Wake Of October Storm Problems, Hartford Courant

Brayton Point bidder chosen, sale to be announced soon, SouthCoastToday.com

National Grid teams with national lab to study transmission modernization, storage, Utility Dive

Thousands still without power in Hampshire County, The Recorder

Blackout: Outage zaps power from 29000 in Hampshire County Wednesday morning, GazetteNET

FERC storage/DER integration proposal gets high marks, but other priorities loom, Utility Dive

Seacoast State Reps Raise Concerns About Eversource Plan to Buy Water Utility, New Hampshire Public Radio

What a US electric grid attack looks like, USA TODAY

The Trump administration went to the UN climate talks to promote coal, Vox

Natl. Grid finds novel way to lobby clean energy procurement, CommonWealth Magazine

Transmission developer TDI offers $20 million for Western Massachusetts home energy retrofits if it wins statewide clean electricity contract, MassLive

Study Claims Quark Fusion May Be the Energy Source of the Future, Bigthink.com

As feds focus on baseload, grid modernization is sweeping the nation, Utility Dive

Chatterjee: FERC Will Move Ahead with Coal, Nuclear Subsidies, Power Engineering

Grid Modernization in Rhode Island: Small State, Big Vision, Microgrid Knowledge

Maine lawmakers to weigh in on reducing power outages, Penn Energy

State demands report on utility’s response to storm, Salem News

Exclusive: Chatterjee details interim plan to save coal, nuclear plants, Utility Dive

Do utilities need rate design for electric vehicle charging? Utility Dive

Subsidizing Coal, Nuclear Could Drive Customers Off-Grid, Renewable Energy World

Emera COO: Work progressing on Maritime transmission link, Electric Light & Power

CMP President and CEO Sara Burns to retire by year’s end, MaineBiz

Editorial/Opinion

We agree: It’s time to clean up transportation (Guest viewpoint), MassLive

Our Opinion: Kinder Morgan must do right by Sandisfield, Berkshire Eagle

My Turn: Dave Ross: RI needs energy to power innovation, The Providence Journal

Justin Wheating: Championing the climate economy for Vermont, vtdigger.org

One watt at a time: Why electric rates are so high, The Union Leader

Another View — Greg Moore: Why turning on the lights costs more in New Hampshire, The Union Leader

Our view: National Grid should explain storm response, Salem News

Editorial: Encouraging that Columbia Gas sees end to moratorium, Hampshire Gazette

Derrick Z. Jackson: The competition is heating up for offshore wind, Boston Globe

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Energy News for week ending September 1, 2017

Gas Pump Pain | Giant Batteries | Northern Pass Delay

Hopefully many of you are headed out of the door to start your long weekend so we’ll keep the news highlights short.  Our thoughts go out to all those impacted by Hurricane Harvey–it has been hard to wrap our heads around the scale of devastation and destruction. Damage to energy supplies in Texas combined with the normal increase in Labor Day holiday travel is already leading to higher gas prices throughout New England.  In better news, giant batteries are starting to make a positive mark on the electric grid reports WNPR. And depending upon which side of the Northern Pass issue you are on, you may or may not be happy to learn NH State regulators announced they will delay their final decision on the Northern Pass by another six months to March 30, 2018.  We hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

Hurricane Harvey: New England Impact

Hurricane fuels gas-price hike as reserves tapped, Lowell Sun

Energy Dept. taps into emergency oil reserves after Harvey, The Hill

Colonial Pipeline to shut US Northeast fuel lines due to Harvey, Reuters

Harvey’s impact in Southern New England might be at the pump, Turn to 10

EPA waives emission rules in 38 states amid fears of fuel shortages, Washington Examiner

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Discharge water from Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline testing worries environmentalists, Berkshire Eagle

State drops charges against 4 pipeline protesters arrested for blocking access to Otis State Forest, Berkshire Eagle

Putin-linked steel company supplies pipes for Kinder Morgan’s expansion project in Otis State Forest, Berkshire Eagle

FERC Denies Request To Halt Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline Expansion, Again, WAMC

Smell Natural Gas Outside? Report It, But Don’t Always Expect A Fix, Cape Cod Chronicle

Gas Co. Challenges NY Pipeline Permit Denial At 2nd Circ., Law360

Weymouth: Sen. Warren Reaffirms Opposition to Compressor Station, 95.9 WATD-FM

Natural Gas Upgrade: Eversource Begins $2.2M Project In East Norwalk, Norwalk Daily Voice

Renewable Energy

Gigantic Batteries Help Grow Renewable Energy In Maine, New England, WNPR News

RI Wastewater Treatment Authority To Reach 100% Renewable Energy By 2018, Rhode Island Public Radio

Solar power microgrid goes online in Cuttyhunk Island, Massachusetts, Electric Light & Power

History-rich Maine island goes green, WLBZ-TV

Chemetal taps into solar with 560-panel roof array, GazetteNET

Possible tariff puts NH solar firms on edge, New Hampshire Business Review

From Fenway Park to Wembley, these stadiums are going big on renewable energy, CNBC

No anti-competitive behavior in RGGI secondary market, report finds, Utility Dive

Sununu Satisfied With Latest RGGI Proposal, New Hampshire Public Radio

Policymaker support key to offshore wind prospects in US, Utility Dive

World’s Biggest Wind Turbine Maker Waves Goodbye to Oil Industry, Bloomberg

Narragansett Bay Commission Adding Solar, Will Be Nearly 100% Renewable, GoLocalProv

Energy Efficiency

How Does the United States Rate in Energy Efficiency?, Energy Collective

Making data centers more energy efficient, MIT News

Heating Camden’s new middle school from town’s sewer plant: What’s the cost and can it be done?, PenBayPilot.com

500 cities have committed to going big on clean energy this year – now what?, Into the Wind

Nuclear

If nuclear is not in the future US energy mix, what will replace it?, Utility Dive

Newburyport City Council to review letter to NRC calling for hearing, The Daily News of Newburyport

Opponents launch petition against Millstone “deal”; Dominion says group “misleads” consumers, theday.com

Environmental Group Seeks Added Financial Protections In Vermont Yankee Sale, Vermont Public Radio

Vermont Yankee companies expand request to seal documents, vtdigger.org

No new pollution at Vermont Yankee, Brattleboro Reformer

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Eversource dealt 6-month setback for Northern Pass transmission line, MassLive.com

State committee delays Northern Pass decision until 2018, The Union Leader

Northern Pass dealt regulatory blow, Commonwealth Magazine

Eversource Asks PUC To Conceal Fiscal Info On Berlin Biomass Plant, Caledonian Record

Utilities Grapple with Rooftop Solar and the New Energy Landscape, Yale Environment 360

Executive Councilor: Sununu Needs To Do More Outreach On Northern Pass, New Hampshire Public Radio

National Grid, Hydro-Quebec snipe over hydro power, Commonwealth Magazine

RI approves rate hike for National Grid, The Sun Chronicle

Could Success Spoil ISO-NE?, POWER magazine

Editorial/Opinion

States Dare to Think Big on Climate Change, New York Times

Misinformation being spread about Northern Pass project, Foster’s Daily Democrat

My Turn: Michael F. Sabitoni: Natural gas plant vital for RI, The Providence Journal

Foss: Proposed energy rate increase is too much, The Daily Gazette

My Turn: Hydro-Quebec cannot rewrite history, Concord Monitor

Letter: Colin Nagle: National Grid ought to modernize energy infrastructure, The Providence Journal

Renewing RGGI: Do nothing, but more of it, The Union Leader

 

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Energy News for week ending March 31, 2017

Happy snowy Friday afternoon.

In this week’s energy news, Penn Energy citing an AP story reports that National Grid is proposing a transmission project that would bring up to 1,200 megawatts of clean energy from Canada to the New England power grid and run along existing lines in Vermont and New Hampshire. The project, Granite State Power Link, would primarily serve customers in Massachusetts, has two segments, and would create more than 2,000 construction jobs.

According to the Concord Monitor, opponents of the Northern Pass project, when hearing about the Granite State Power Link project said, “What took so long?” However, the story notes that it doesn’t mean Grid is going to get a warm welcome for their proposal. It will be interesting to watch this all play out.

Speaking of Northern Pass, in addition to the new competition, the Union Leader reports that Eversource learned on Monday that the NH PUC ruled against a petition the company filed last June seeking approval of a proposed 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with Hydro Renewable Energy (Northern Pass), after determining the proposal is “inconsistent with New Hampshire law.”

Heading to southern New England, even though most people think the Cape Wind project is long dead (they don’t even respond for comment), the Cape Cod Times reports that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, following a court order, issued a supplemental environmental impact statement on Thursday for public comment. Journalist Mary Ann Bragg notes that despite the renewed effort to fix the environmental impact statement, the 16-year-old project’s fate remains in question if not outright decided, even among those who previously supported it. “It is not on our radar,” said Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Offshore Wind Director William White. “We do not believe that Cape Wind is a project that is moving forward.”

And lastly, big kudos and congratulations to our good friends at Columbia Gas whose parent company, NiSource, Inc., was (for the sixth consecutive year) designated as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. Wicked Local Westborough reports that Ethisphere honors those companies who recognize their role in society to influence and drive positive change, consider the impact of their actions on their employees, investors, customers and other key stakeholders and use their values and culture as an underpinning to the decisions they make every day.

Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Major Natural Gas Leak Contained In Downtown Providence, Rhode Island Public Radio

Rehoboth to Vote April 3 on Gas Compressor Station, ecoRI news

‘It looks like a tornado went through:’ Danvers residents upset over pipeline work, My Fox Boston

Maryland lawmakers vote to ban fracking, The Hill

Maryland Ban Shows Fracking is Not a Partisan Issue, Common Dreams

Report shows Pennsylvania fracking companies paying few fines for environmental infractions, PGH City Paper

Eversource Energy spending $50M this year on pipe replacement in Connecticut, New Haven Register

Renewable Energy

Cape Wind project review to be revised, Cape Cod Times

State approves solar array that will be Vermont’s largest, vtdigger.org

Solar Power Is White-Hot, Generating Energy, Jobs And Savings, Hartford Courant

Maine business equips sheds with solar panels for better energy returns, Press Herald

Massachusetts extends solar incentive program, Daily Energy Insider

Biomass Company Asks to Change Terms of State Subsidy, MainePublic.org

State Officials Brief NE Roundtable on Renewables Plans, RTO Insider

75 US mayors won’t enforce climate policy rollback, Curbed

Trump’s climate change rule order gets chilly reaction in RI, The Providence Journal

Solar Facility to Save Massachusetts City $2.6M Over 20 Years, Energy Manager Today

Two New Companies Vie for Remaining Wind Farm Leases, The Vineyard Gazette

National Grid unveils semi-transparent Worcester solar panels, Worcester Business Journal

Solar awning gives power boost to Worcester’s energy-saving strategy, Worcester Telegram

GE to develop 13 solar projects in northeast US, Energy Central

German offshore output soars, reNews

New solar awning project unveiled at Sustainability Hub, Clark University News Hub

Biomass company says it paid aggrieved loggers, wants to rework subsidy, Bangor Daily News

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency Upgrades at Rhode Island College Are Expected to Save $5.1 Million, Energy Manager Today

Trump wants to cut programs that help buildings save energy. This new study says they work, Washington Post

Study: Efficiency programs return results — but not in all buildings, Utility Dive

Vermont House Passes Backup Bill on Energy Efficient Appliances, Energy Manager Today

Medford Tech partners with Mass Clean Energy Center, Wicked Local Medford

Nuclear

Senator supports moving spent nuclear fuel from Cape region, Cape Cod Times

State gives tribes role in Vermont Yankee sale, Brattleboro Reformer

State wants more information on site contamination, Brattleboro Reformer

Nuke plant owner: Watchdog group’s claims ‘completely false’, The Daily News of Newburyport

Nuclear Power Suffers Major Blow With Westinghouse Bankruptcy, Common Dreams

Nuclear power is dying. Can radical innovation save it?, Vox

Japanese court rules for utility and lets nuclear reactors restart, The Boston Globe

Vt. Fears Covering Nuclear Cost, Valley News

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

National Grid proposes 1,200-megawatt New England project, Penn Energy

Northern Pass opponents say they’ve hoped for something like the National Grid plan, Concord Monitor

National Grid dives into Quebec to New England energy fray, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Power Line Plan Includes Haverhill, Valley News

PUC short circuits Eversource deal to buy power tied to Northern Pass, The Union Leader

4 Cape towns lose appeal of Eversource herbicide plan, Cape Cod Times

National Grid launching first of its kind program in Clifton Park, WRGB

Eversource puts New Hampshire power fleet up for sale, Utility Dive

NiSource Inc. designated most ethical company, Wicked Local Westborough

At the grid-edge: Utilities look beyond traditional infrastructure to manage new technologies, Utility Dive

What Trump Misses About Energy Jobs In America, Rhode Island Public Radio

No big impact expected in Mass. after Trump energy order, Berkshire Eagle

As loggers get stiffed, Maine learns a lesson about propping up struggling industries, Bangor Daily News

Agawam power plant operators sentenced to pay more than $7M, Penn Energy

Maine man charged again with stealing electricity for home, Penn Energy

A Low-Tech Approach To Energy Storage: Molten Metals, WBUR

Editorial/Opinion

Michael Durand: Eversource is investing in an improved system, Berkshire Eagle

John Stoehr: State’s energy debate needs to evolve, CT Post

Expanding Wood Heat in New England, Biomass Magazine

Letter: Emulate spider in protecting environment, Berkshire Eagle

We all will benefit from more solar power, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Let’s save solar, The Union Leader

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Energy News for week ending November 25, 2016

Happy day after Thanksgiving. We hope you all had a great holiday. Just a quick note today about one news story from Penn Energy that warmed our hearts, because who doesn’t love a good cat story from the Internet — especially one that includes utility workers! Seems “Fat Boy” was stuck atop a utility pole for 9 days until some really nice PG&E workers came to the rescue and brought him down. Wahoo! OK — one more. Another good news story from Western Mass News is that National Grid launched a new app to help first responders let them know their when power or gas lines might be at risk from an incident — helping to protect everyone involved. Nice!

Natural Gas/Pipeline

NatGas Cash Takes Breather, But Futures Keep Moving Up, Natural Gas Intelligence

Rep Kennedy meets with Rehoboth residents about LNG compressor station, RI Future

Spectra accused of reneging on deal, Wicked Local Weymouth

Region told pipeline squeeze may push up power prices, vtdigger.org

Renewable Energy

Nation’s First Offshore Wind Farm To Start Spinning Soon Off Rhode Island, WBUR

Offshore wind progress report: Politics and science, Martha’s Vineyard Times

New Group Wants to Accelerate Climate Action in Rhode Island, ecoRI news

State puts energy into wood boiler to save money, cut consumption, The Union Leader

Curtatone, area mayors sign climate pledge, Wicked Local Somerville

Economics to Keep Wind and Solar Energy Thriving With Trump, Bloomberg

Connecticut Clean Energy Law on Strong Legal Ground, Natural Resources Defense Council

Energy Efficiency

RI Farm Energy Program disperses first round of grants, Ricentral.com

Shumlin celebrates efficiency program, green energy progress, vtdigger.org

5 ways to scale up energy efficiency, person to person, GreenBiz

Nuclear

Vt. Yankee dismantling caught up in anti-trust suit, The Recorder

Seabrook strikes tax agreement with nuclear plant owners, The Daily News of Newburyport

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Utility workers rescue cat stuck on power pole for 9 days, Penn Energy

Overheard at the US/Canada Energy Conference, RTO Insider

Next NH governor backs Northern Pass, BurlingtonFreePress.com

Deerfield raises $10k to hire attorney to fight Northern Pass, The Union Leader

Regulators question $817 million windfall by NY energy firms, Albany Times Union

FERC asked to act at Northfield Mtn. Project, The Recorder

New app from National Grid to help first responders, WESTERNMASSNEWS.com

Eversource revamps customer bills, New Haven Register

Seacoast communities worry new Eversource project will ruin Great Bay’s water quality, NH1

Eversource gets approval for power line through Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, Danbury News Times

Oil Pipelines’ Easy Regulatory Ride At FERC May Be Ending, Law360

Northern Wood Power’s impact on the environment is in the spotlight, Union Leader

Natick explores six-month electricity aggregation program, MetroWest Daily News

Jury awards $13.6 million to electric cooperative in Maine, Penn Energy

Editorial/Opinion

Sale of Vermont Yankee plant could be good news, The Keene Sentinel

Letter: Power conflicts, Concord Monitor

Vermont: Where sustainability and economic growth come together, Williston Observer

In trying to bribe voters, a mighty wind firm blew it, The Keene Sentinel

Note to Gov. Baker: Dirty energy is not the answer, Canton Citizen

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Energy News for week ending July 17, 2015

Nuclear

Don’t let nuke plants go too fast, (opinion) The Hill

State sets up local council to help distribute VY money, Brattleboro Reformer

State energy officials should work with NRC, (opinion) Rutland Herald

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Kinder Morgan votes to move forward with 30-inch line, Eagle Tribune

Gov. Hassan wants more public input on pipeline plans, Union Leader

Kinder Morgan board OKs scaled-back version of Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s controversial NED project, MassLive

Editorial: Healey’s welcome involvement, The Recorder

Pipeline advocates selling New England a bedtime story, (opinion) Nashua Telegraph

Want to be an incineration zone?, (opinion) Monadnock Ledger Transcript

Consultant: Maine’s plan to lower energy costs too expensive, Press Herald

Energy Efficiency

New Vermont state energy plan in the works, Washington Times

Legislative Roundup “and” Energy Efficiency, Boothbay Register

Teens In Green Canvas For Energy Efficiency, New Haven Independent

Marlborough Gets Clean Energy Grant, Patch.com

Woburn Receives $242K Grant for Energy Reduction Initiatives, Patch.com

Renewable Energy

US Northeast Cap & Trade Has Added $1.3 Billion In Economic Activity, Saved Consumers $460 Million, Cleantechnica

R.I. Clean Water Agency sells ‘Green Bonds’ for improvement projects, Providence Journal

Burlington, VT: Recognized by the United Nations as a Model of Sustainability, National Resources Defense Council

Net metering cap stalls solar at landfill for now, Nashoba Publishing

Venturing Into Virtual and Community Net Metering, Connecticut Law Tribune

NH’s solar boom faces uncertainty, The Keene Sentinel

Opinion: Move toward cleaner energy failing, Burlington Free Press

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Electricity shopping website planned for Massachusetts, Boston Globe

My Turn: Vermont model offers Northern Pass alternative, Concord Monitor

Region’s wholesale power price plummets in June, Worcester Business Journal

GE signs agreement for power plant upgrades, (RI) PennEnergy

Hassan Signs Law Allowing Sale Of Former PSNH Power Plants, New Hampshire Public Radio

Massachusetts topping the list of “energy expensive” states, WWLP

Lunenburg officials grumbling over Unitil rate bid, Sentinel & Enterprise

The future Eversource: Utility negotiates to procure energy in an open market, Fierce Energy

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Energy News for week ending April 17, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Demand debated for natural gas that would be delivered by Tennessee Gas pipeline, GazetteNET

New England needs 2 new natural gas pipelines, Commonwealth Magazine

Amherst will ask Kinder Morgan for new pipeline route, Cabinet.com (NH)

Northeast Seeks to Expand Gas Pipeline to Lower Energy Costs, Energy Manager Today

Gas Pipeline Project Being Pushed from Both Sides, ecoRI news

LNG Suppresses New England Wholesale Electricity Prices, Energy Manager Today

2nd gas pipeline would link Pennsylvania, Northeast, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Energy Efficiency

Efficiency saved Northeast $1.5B in winter energy costs, Fierce Energy

“The Risk of Inaction”, Harvard Magazine

Sandra Levine: Quiet and hardworking — energy efficiency, vtdigger.org

Spending on smart building technology will surpass $17 billion by 2019, Business Insider

Renewable Energy

National Grid first in New England to pilot advanced solar technology, Fierce Energy

Will Massachusetts’ Net Metering Caps Spoil the Community Solar Party?, Greentech Media

What’s the True Cost of Wind Power?, Newsweek

NH House roundup: Solar energy proponents win one, The Union Leader

Industry assails raid on NH’s Renewable Energy Fund, New Hampshire Business Review

Vermont taking breather from wind power, BurlingtonFreePress.com

Quiet energy revolution, (opinion) Rutland Herald

Industry, utility at odds over caps on the sun, Worcester Telegram

Nuclear

Maine Governor Wants Nuclear Power Back on Energy Table, Maine Public Broadcasting

Should Seabrook Station be closed? (Opinions), Globe North

LETTER: ‘Entergy steps up to the plate’, Wicked Local Plymouth

LETTERS: Pilgrim: Good for economy and environment, Barnstable Patriot

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Businesses are in hot pursuit of ways to cut power costs, Worcester Telegram

RI Carbon-Tax Idea Called Bad for the Economy, ecoRI news

Eversource’s regional transmission line upgrade raises concerns, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Swampscott Takes Steps Toward Energy Aggregation, Patch.com

STATEHOUSE NEWS: Mass. officials eye new energy sources, Wicked Local Easton

Winter And The Power Grid: A Near-Miss Or A Policy ‘Object Lesson?’ , CTNow.com

Regulator eliminates electric bill ‘recalculations’, Cape Cod Times

New England’s Energy Brokers must look beyond natural gas, (editorial) Boston Globe

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Energy News for week ending March 20, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Voters: Natural gas pipeline a no-go in southern NH, The Union Leader

Tennessee Gas Co. releases Environmental Impact Report, wwlp.com

For Summit Natural Gas, the path hasn’t been easy, Portland Press Herald

PUC challenging delivery of natural gas proposal, The Union Leader

Energy Efficiency

CT biz energy use reaches highest efficiency levels, Hartford Business

Maine regulators slash cap on spending for energy efficiency programs, Press Herald

Program seeks to aid Connecticut homeowners with clean energy efforts, New Haven Register

Raimondo proposes RI energy-efficiency loan program, The Providence Journal

Renewable Energy

Utilities Anti-Solar Campaign and Misinformation Debunked, Huffington Post

Clean Energy Collective partners with Morgan Stanley for Massachusetts community solar, Greentech Lead

Maine thinks again on 116MW, reNews

Is solar worth $0.33 per kWh? Inside Maine’s valuation debate, Utility Drive

Waste Management District Chooses Solar Project Company, Brattleboro Reformer

Our View: State has duty to support offshore wind, SouthCoastToday.com

Rocky Hill Signs Deal For Solar Energy Generation, Hartford Courant

Ready To Vermontivate?, Vermont Public Radio

New energy secretary would have nixed New Bedford terminal, SouthCoastToday.com

Nuclear

NRC still keeping close eye on Pilgrim plant’s performance, Wicked Local Plymouth

NRC denies state request to delay EPZ exemption at Vermont Yankee, Bennington Banner

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Three North Country Reps Voted To Kill Power Line Burial Bill, NHPR

Hydro-Quebec Seeks to Increase Exports to Northeast, RTO Insider

Large energy consumers oppose Eversource bid to sell New Hampshire plants, Utility Drive

Northeast Wholesale Power Retreats With Decline in Demand, Bloomberg

Who should operate the distribution grid?, Utility Drive

Bill Proposes Taxing All Fossil Fuels that Enter RI, ecoRI news

Our energy policy verges on irrational, (opinion) Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Next 4 years of electricity costs looking bleak, The Union Leader

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