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Energy News for week ending September 28, 2018

Solar SMART | Solar Music | Solar Storage

Good afternoon,

Several good news stories about solar in New England.

After two years of planning, the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program is ready and will add 1,600 megawatts of photovoltaic capacity to Massachusetts’ energy portfolio. MassLive reports that SMART “features a flat tariff paid by investor-owned utilities to owners of solar arrays smaller than 5 megawatts, with added incentives for projects that meet certain policy goals.”

Tupelo Music Hall in Derry is about to become the only solar-powered music venue in New Hampshire as a new roof installation on the 20,000 square foot facility will supply the facility’s energy needs year-round, according to NewHampshire.com

Holyoke Gas & Electric, a municipal power utility, is storing solar-generated electricity at the former Mount Tom Power Station coal-and-oil fired electricity plant. A solar array generates the power and the storage system is comprised of lithium ion batteries housed in shipping containers.

More news follows below. Have a great weekend.
Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Final Hearings For Proposed Burrillville Power Plant Temporarily Postponed, Rhode Island Public Radio

Battle Over $700M Invenergy Plant Is Far From Over, GoLocalProv

Two dozen Merrimack Valley residents file explosion lawsuit against Columbia Gas, Boston Globe

City Councilor Gomes calls for inspection of city gas lines, Southcoasttoday.com

Columbia Gas explosions prompt Massachusetts to hire gas system evaluator, Utility Dive

Columbia Gas sets restoration timeline, Northandover.wickedlocal.com

Columbia Gas to Cover Losses Related to Gas Disaster, U.S. News & World Report

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Survey: Majority of voters support investment in clean energy, Journal Inquirer

Coalition unveils blueprint for Maine’s energy future, MaineBiz

Virginia slashes proposed RGGI emissions cap by over 15%, carbon-pulse.com

Vt. Environmental Leader Reports Back From 2018 Global Climate Action Summit, VPR Digital

Iberdrola plans to boost U.S. renewable power by about 50 percent: CEO, Reuters

Wind

LePage’s secretive wind energy commission appears near collapse, Portland Press Herald

A Stunningly Low Price for Offshore Wind: Massachusetts Moves Forward, Union of Concerned Scientists

Deepwater probes Revolution, South Fork waters, reNews

Solar

State finally launches new solar incentive known as SMART, MassLive

Massachusetts Clean Energy Advocates Welcome SMART Program Order, seia.org

Industry pushes Baker on stalled Massachusetts solar incentives, MassLive

Tupelo Music Hall going 100 percent solar, NewHampshire.com

Energy Efficiency/Storage

From coal plant to solar farm: Power storage site sees grand opening in Holyoke, MassLive

Jobs in energy efficiency now employ 2.25 million Americans, World Economic Forum

More Than $1 Billion Provided By Connecticut Green Bank For Clean Energy Projects, CleanTechnica

Cheaper Battery Is Unveiled as a Step to a Carbon-Free Grid, New York Times

Nuclear

Activists oppose nuclear waste transport from closed Rowe power plant, MassLive

How to Jumpstart a Micro Nuclear Reactor Industry in the US | Greentech Media, GTM

NRC To Meet On Proposed Sale Of Plymouth Nuclear Plant After Closing, WBUR

Shutdown of N.J. power plant continues with removal of nuclear fuel, NJ.com

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Four maps show how electricity generation has changed in the US, ArsTechnica

New Jersey utility PSE&G proposes $4 billion plan to advance state’s clean energy goals, CNBC

Generators, greens pan ISO-NE price taker proposal for fuel secure plants, Utility Dive

Electric customers are paying extra for competition says Eversource and the Massachusetts AG agrees, New Hampshire Union Leader

Ripple Effect As National Grid Lockout Enters Third Month, WGBH

Editorial/Opinion

Kelly Ayotte: Push for clean energy begins in New Hampshire, Concord Monitor

Consumers overlooked amid ISO power politics, CommonWealth Magazine

Rep. Berry: CMP power line project a bad deal for Maine, would hurt clean-energy efforts, Portland Press Herald

Maine Compass: Climate risk, not powerline, is the real enemy, Kennebec Journal

Our View: Solar suit aims to put Maine back on track, Kennebec Journal

Strapped to the status quo express, CommonWealth Magazine

 

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Energy News for week ending September 21, 2018

Compressor Station Safety Study | 100+ Submissions to Zero Carbon Program

Good morning:

After last week’s gas explosions on the North Shore, local legislators in Weymouth and Hull are calling for a moratorium on construction of the Spectra Energy-Enbridge natural gas compressor station until a public transportation safety study is done. The Patriot Ledger is reporting that, “the compressor station in Weymouth would reverse the flow of methane in the existing gas pipeline and increase the gas pressure from 750 pounds per square inch to 1,440 pounds per square inch.”

Connecticut’s “Zero Carbon” program received over 100 submissions for solar, wind hydro and nuclear facilities. The Hartford Courant reports that “The participation of Dominion Energy, owner of the Millstone plant, has been a major point of controversy. The plant’s owners hinted that they might be forced to close the nuclear facility unless they were given the opportunity to compete in the new program, which could pay them higher rates for the power they produce.”  But a preliminary state report estimates that Dominion and Millstone are expected to remain “highly profitable” through 2035.

More news follows below. Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Mass DPU rejects AG Healey request for National Grid pipeline safety investigation, MassLive

Burrillville power plant proposal hits possible deal-breaking snag, Providence Journal

After Merrimack Valley explosions, lawmakers call for halt to Weymouth compressor station work, WickedLocalSwampscott

Massachusetts governor puts rival utility in charge of Columbia Gas disaster response, Utility Dive

Columbia Gas withdraws $33 million rate increase, Eagle-Tribune

Massachusetts gas explosions shine spotlight on century-old pipelines, Reuters

Lawsuit targets Massachusetts utility over deadly gas explosions, Reuters

The government just made it easier for oil companies to leak methane on public land, Popular Science

Natural Gas Utility Gets Go-Ahead for $135M Energy-Efficiency Measures, NJ Spotlight

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Massachusetts wastewater plants to test innovative treatment technologies with MassCEC grants, MassLive

Devil in the details of Rhode Island’s 400 MW renewable energy RFP, pv-magazine-USA.com

9 Northeastern states share $115M from carbon sale, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Maine businesses to get help to use more renewable energy, Journal Record

Carbon Prices Are Too Low to Reduce Emissions, Scientific American

Newburyport mayor reflects on global climate conference, Daily News of Newburyport

Nuclear, Wind Companies Competing To Sell Connecticut ‘Zero Carbon’ Energy, Hartford Courant

Wind

BU enters agreement to purchase renewable wind energy, Daily Free Press

N.J. begins nation’s largest single-state solicitation of offshore wind projects, Business Journals

Wind energy project may bring jobs to Bridgeport, Connecticut Post

Orsted sells half of vast offshore wind farm for $5.88 billion, CNBC

Solar

Gold Meadow Farms To Be Rhode Island’s Biggest Solar Project, Solar Industry

Solar company promises Ware $112K annually if town approves 8-megawatt project, MassLive

Solar Energy Largely Unscathed by Hurricane Florence’s Wind and Rain, InsideClimate News

Tracking The Sun: U.S. Solar Installation Prices Continued To Drop In 2017, Solar Industry

Energy Efficiency/Storage

UTC to receive $3M for energy storage program, Hartford Business Journal

Analyst: We’ve Misunderstood Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy World

A tiny, beleaguered government agency seeks an energy holy grail: long-term energy storage, Vox

Nuclear

Millstone casts bid for state contract, Hartford Business Journal

NRC OKs License Extensions For Indian Point, WAMC

Anti-Nuke Groups Concerned About Plans For Vermont Yankee’s Radioactive Waste, VPR Digital

Exelon Retires Oyster Creek After 49-Year Run, Nuclear Street

NRC to Hold Meeting to Discuss Transfer of Pilgrim License, Cape Cod

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

New Hampton dam part of Eversource’s $83 million sale of hydro plants, New Hampshire Union Leader

Green Mountain Power announces energy costs agreement, VTDigger

More than 30 people testify against CMP power line proposal at PUC hearing, Portland Press Herald

Second small Maine town votes against CMP’s hydropower project, MSN

National Grid offering support in wake of explosions, WPRI12

NEPOOL Alone in Support for Press, Public Ban, RTO Insider

As Boston City Councilors call for meeting on gas safety, locked out National Grid workers protest outside, MassLive

Regulators affirm ‘reasonable’ response by CMP and Emera in October storm, Portland Press Herald

Editorial/Opinion

Sierra Club fires back on Quebec hydro, CommonWealth Magazine

EDITORIAL: Breath of fresh air on offshore wind, Daily Record

Unfortunate override: Biomass wins, solar loses, New Hampshire Union Leader

Seabrook nuke plant evacuation plan is not OK, Seacoastonline.com

 

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Energy News for week ending August 24, 2018

Century Old | Slow to go | Beware your A/C and Water Heater

 

Good Friday afternoon.

This week the first two stories we bring you are law related.

First, in Rhode Island the Providence Journal gives us, Century-old state law may decide case involving Invenergy, Burrillville, Johnston and the future of energy in Rhode Island. “The crux of a lawsuit over a water deal between the Town of Johnston and Chicago-based power plant developer Invenergy may come down to six words in a century-old state law. Those words — “other ordinary municipal water supply purposes” — either allow Johnston to sell some of its Scituate Reservoir water to the $1-billion power plant that Invenergy wants to build in Burrillville, or they forbid it, depending on how the phrase is interpreted…The case before Judge Michael A. Silverstein was brought by the Conservation Law Foundation and the Town of Burrillville…They say… [the law] does not allow for trucking water to the proposed power plant in Burrillville. But lawyers for Johnston and Invenergy say just the opposite. The 1915 law leaves room for the sale of water for industrial purposes, and subsequent decisions by the General Assembly and the state Public Utilities Commission do not expressly prohibit agreements of the type between their clients.”

The second story with legal implications comes to us from Massachusetts where the Cape Cod Times reports, Second Falmouth turbine may be slow to go. “Two wind turbines at the town’s wastewater treatment plant have been under a court order since June 2017 never to spin again. While plans are being made to haul Wind 1 off the site, allaying fears of neighbors who have battled the town in court for years, Wind 2 may remain where it stands for some time…Falmouth Town Counsel Frank Duffy said Wind 1 and Wind 2 do not share the same legal status and therefore will not share the same fate…‘Wind 2 exists today without a special permit from the ZBA and it is too late to mount a challenge to its existence,’ he wrote. Moriarty’s decision prevents Wind 2 from operating on the site due to nuisance, ‘but its removal has not been ordered and there are no grounds to do so at this time,’ Duffy wrote.”

The last story for the week comes to us from CSO Magazine Botnet of smart air conditioners and water heaters could bring down the power grid. “If smart appliances that can be remotely controlled over the internet were to be compromised and used in a botnet, attackers could cause local power outages or even large-scale blackouts, according to a presentation given by Princeton University researchers at the USENIX Security Symposium. This new class of attacks was dubbed MadIoT (Manipulation of demand via IoT) by researchers from Princeton’s Department of Electrical Engineering. Instead of directly attacking the supply side of the power grid, attackers could enslave high-wattage IoT devices in a botnet to manipulate the demand side of the grid. While Wi-Fi-enabled high wattage appliances can make life handy, such as being able to remotely kick on the AC or oven before you arrive home after work – either via an app or home assistant such as the Echo’s Alexa or Google Home – devices remotely controlling the appliances could be used by attackers to manipulate the power demand. After considering that air conditioners, space heaters, electric water heaters and electric ovens use between 1,000 to 5,000 watts of power, the researchers came up with three attack types which were tested on state-of-the-art simulators of real-world power grid models. The results ranged from causing local power outages to large-scale blackouts.”

That’s all for this week. Have a great weekend.

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Century-old state law may decide case involving Invenergy, Burrillville, Johnston and the future of energy in Rhode Island, Providence Journal

Rivera: ‘Plenty of fault to go around’ for gas leak, The Eagle-Tribune

Generators, electric utilities spar over pipeline funding in FERC fuel security docket, Utility Dive

Intervenors Slam New England EDCs’ Gas Play at FERC, RTO Insider

Midwest Utility Turning to Cows, Landfills for a Gas Alternative, Bloomberg L.P.

Quincy mayor halts National Grid permits until company ends worker lockout, Patriot Ledger

National Grid lockout of 1,200 workers drags on, CommonWealth Magazine

Agencies play tug of war over pipeline protection, E and E News

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

BREAKING: EPA moves to replace Clean Power Plan with modest carbon regulations, Utility Dive

Can New York meet its own energy initiatives?, City and State NY

Will MA hydro contract increase, or decrease, emissions?, CommonWealth Magazine

Advocates say clean energy bill falls short, The Eagle-Tribune

Vermont’s Role In Carbon Storage And The Emerging Carbon Markets, VPR Digital

Smoke, carbon monoxide from California wildfires drifting all the way to the East Coast, CBS News

Fossil-free ‘opt up’ to renewable energy gaining traction in Somerville, Wicked Local Somerville

Rollback of Clean Power Plan means NH utilities may avoid expensive retrofits, New Hampshire Union Leader

Green Development Holds Job Fair, Looks to Hire Hundreds of Contractors and Employees, GoLocalProv

Vermont’s Renewable Energy Use Increases, But Not Enough Says Report, The Bridge

 

Wind

The U.S. is on the verge of an offshore wind revolution, Yale Climate Connections

Wind energy potential dwarfs today’s electricity use, report says, Press of Atlantic City

U.S. Wind Power Is ‘Going All Out’ with Bigger Tech, Falling Prices, Reports Show, Inside Climate News

Savoy wind turbine project concedes defeat, Berkshire Eagle via National Wind Watch

New quieter hammer for offshore wind farms tested, BBC

NYS Exposed: Cuomo critics say Rochester, upstate, will bear burden for L.I.,N.Y.C. wind power, WHEC

Second Falmouth turbine may be slow to go, Cape Cod Times

Cattaraugus County Legislature asks IDA to limit wind project tax breaks, Olean Times Herald (NY)

Connecticut Finally Makes a Commitment to Offshore Wind, Connecticut Magazine

Fishing Report: So far, so good for anglers near Block Island Wind Farm, Providence Journal

Ratepayer-funded offshore wind a boon to state’s labor, air quality, Press of Atlantic City

 

Solar

Tesla Batteries and Solar Panels Create Energy Islands in Vermont, The Bridge

Here comes the sun: How Hampshire College moved to 100 percent solar energy, PRI

490-acre solar farm proposal raises concerns in Farmington, Kennebec Journal

New Milford Pulls Tax Benefits From Solar Power Company, USA Patch

Maine’s top court says appeal of changes to solar incentives must go to lower court, Portland Press Herald

State officials celebrate 10.2 megawatt solar farm in Wareham, Wareham Village Soup

Ameresco, BlueWave Solar complete 16.2MW of community PV projects in Massachusetts, PV Tech

New York unveils new toolkit to drive solar on brownfields, Utility Dive

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

How power storage technologies are about to disrupt the energy industry, Capgemini

Boston councilor wants new buildings to be more energy efficient, Boston Herald

ACES Award winners in MA show diversity in energy storage solutions, Daily Energy Insider

 

EVs

Surging Demand for Electric Vehicles, Bloomberg L.P.

 

Nuclear

Are Coastal Nuclear Power Plants Ready for Sea-Level Rise?, Hakai Magazine

NRC finishes inspection of Seabrook nuclear plant, Daily News of Newburyport

NRC Takes No Issue With Aging Concrete at Seabrook Nuclear Plant After Inspection, NHPR

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Why “crashing the grid” doesn’t keep cyber experts awake at night, Axios

Botnet of smart air conditioners and water heaters could bring down the power grid, CSO

The Utility Industry Marvels at the ‘Profound’ Impact of Economy-Wide Electrification, Greentech Media

Mitsubishi subsidiary buys pair of Boston energy companies, Boston Business Journal (subscriber content)

Energy companies dominate list of top spenders on lobbying in Mass., Boston Globe

Group that helps shape electricity markets in New England wants to keep its meetings secret, Concord Monitor

Otis Microgrid Nearly Ready and Poised to Make Some Energy History in Massachusetts, Microgrid Knowledge

NEPOOL Debates Fuel Security, Cost Allocation, RTO Insider

Sides square off on Seacoast transmission-line plan, New Hampshire Union Leader

Officials ask CMP to compensate Franklin County as part of transmission line deal, Portland Press Herald

National lab eyes blockchain for energy grid security, GCN

Experts fear new EPA regulations can create higher pollution levels in Maine, WMTW

 

Editorial/Opinion

Another View — Patricia Martin: BIA is looking backwards in backing Granite Bridge, New Hampshire Union Leader

My Turn: Kevin Cleary: Preserving our pristine environment, Providence Journal

How’s the climate treating you?, The Martha’s Vineyard Times

As I See It: Tired arguments and urgent need relegate anti-renewable energy arguments to dustbin, Telegram

The need remains for Northern Pass, New Hampshire Business Review

Quebec hydro isn’t a good fit for Mass., CommonWealth Magazine

Voters take issue with solar projects, Daily Hampshire Gazette via Energy Central

Lockout harms new facility’s completion, Lowell Sun

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Energy News for week ending August 10, 2018

Catching Up and Closing In | Nuclear Triathlon: A Wasp Hitting a Wall

Good Friday afternoon. At the moment I’m writing this, the current fuel mix in New England, according to the ISO to Go app, is 64 percent natural gas, 22 percent nuclear and 7 percent renewables. The balance is mostly hydro (5 percent). While the current disparity here between natural gas fueled electricity and renewables is, ah let’s say huge, and the difference between nuclear production and renewables is also large, we have two stories this week that tell us that overall, the trend is moving toward renewables.

From Vox.com, Clean energy is catching up to natural gas, “In its role as a bridge, natural gas seems to have a comfortable future. First, it will replace coal and nuclear “baseload” plants, and then, as renewables grow to supply the bulk of power, it will provide flexibility, filling in the gaps where variable renewables (wind and solar) fall short. By playing these multiple roles, natural gas will long outlive coal and prove useful well into the latter half of the 21st century. It will enjoy a long, slow exit. Or so the story goes. Around 2015, though, just five years into gas’s rise to power, complications for this narrative began to appear. First, wind and solar costs fell so far, so fast that they are now undercutting the cost of new gas in a growing number of regions. And then batteries — which can “firm up” variable renewables, diminishing the need for natural gas’s flexibility — also started getting cheap faster than anyone expected. It happened so fast that, in certain limited circumstances, solar+storage or wind+storage is already cheaper than new natural gas plants and able to play all the same roles (and more).”

And from Greentech Media, US Renewables Are Closing In on Nuclear Generation. “Nuclear power’s tenure as the leading source of zero-carbon electricity may be coming to an end. After decades of stalled nuclear plant development and the recent surge of increasingly cheap wind and solar deployments, the newcomers are pulling ahead. In the first five months of 2018, renewables produced 20.17 percent of U.S. electricity and nuclear produced 20.14 percent, according to Energy Information Administration data compiled by Ken Bossong of the Sun Day Campaign. A similar record was hit in the first three months of 2017. In the two most recent months included in the data set, April and May, renewables outproduced nuclear by more than 10 percent.”

Speaking of nuclear, no one wants a national nuclear spent fuel repository more than nuclear generators and their host communities. But often concerns are raised about how safely the spent fuel can be transported. With that in mind, we bring you a story from The Verge, Scientists put a nuclear waste container through a demanding trip to see if the fuel would break, “Researchers sent a nuclear waste container on a 14,500-mile odyssey by truck, barge, cargo ship, and train in an effort to understand how well radioactive fuel would stand up to travel.” The results according to one of the scientists involved in the experiment, “‘…though we’re still analyzing the data, is that we have a huge margin of safety…they said the largest shock they saw was the equivalent of a wasp hitting a wall. It is very, very, very small. These rods are all contained in an assembly that holds them all together, and they are just not moving. And so even though the truck or the train jiggles quite a bit, the basket and the cask and the canister really hold it all together very well and actually absorb a lot of those little vibrations and bumps and shocks that the rail car experiences. Those energies don’t make it all the way up through the whole system to the fuel. So the fuel has a very smooth ride.””

That’s the recap for this week. Have a wonderful weekend.

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

New deed finalizes sale of land on which gas company wants to build compressor, Patriot Ledger

BIA endorses Granite Bridge pipeline project, Seacoastonline.com

US fossil fuels target global energy poverty, climate change in new PR push, S and P Global

Clean energy is catching up to natural gas, Vox.com

NY regulators leave 680 MW gas plant without an air permit, Utility Dive

FERC denies rehearing on Northern Pass pipeline, overruling New York decision, Utility Dive

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

N.Y. grid operator moves toward landmark carbon price, National Wind Watch

Massachusetts Clean Energy Bill 2018: Continuing the Journey, Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)

Advocates share renewable energy agenda at CTEi, Leominster Champion

Cape leads the way on renewable energy, Cape Cod Times

Legislators compromise on clean energy legislation; net metering cap for solar left unchanged, theberkshireedge.com

US Renewables Are Closing In on Nuclear Generation, Greentech Media

At ‘America First Energy Conference’, solar power is dumb, climate change is fake, Reuters

 

Wind

Yarmouth officials balk at initial offer from Vineyard Wind, Cape Cod Times

Third try for offshore-wind project near Atlantic City, NJ Spotlight

Eversource offered to drop out of offshore wind procurement team, CommonWealth Magazine

Deepwater Wind Set for Seafloor Survey Off New England, Subsea World News

Offshore wind: NJ, Phil Murphy bet on clean energy, but who will pay?, Asbury Park Press

Greenwood residents OK commercial wind farm amendments, Lewiston Sun Journal

Four of NYS Thruway’s costly wind turbines stand idle. Why?, Buffalo News

Dominion Energy, Ørsted to partner for offshore wind project, Daily Energy Insider

Gov. Raimondo looks to further offshore wind, to fishermen’s dismay, ABC 6

Massachusetts Wind Electricity Rates Will Be A Fraction Of The South, 27east.com

Bay State Wind alters proposal to allow more distance between turbines, South Coast Today

 

Solar

An offer utilities can’t refuse: The low cost of utility-scale solar, Utility Dive

Solar growth continues in US, though EIA trims its 2019 forecast 45%, Utility Dive

Can solar energy save the bees?, Phys.org

New solar array hits legal ‘wormhole’ in Windsor, Berkshire Eagle

Waterville solar project on landfill gets lease extension, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Voters approve solar array, Mount Desert Islander

NH apartment building says it can be net-zero energy with just solar panels, Concord Monitor

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

New energy efficiency financing approach vies for grand prize in New York competition, Utility Dive

Partnership announces storage project in Hinesburg, Vermont, Daily Energy Insider

State advised to reject PSE&G clawback of revenues from customers, NJ Spotlight

LED lamps to light up Weymouth schools, Wicked Local Weymouth

 

Nuclear

Scientists put a nuclear waste container through a demanding trip to see if the fuel would break, The Verge

Entergy selling Pilgrim plant for ‘accelerated decommissioning,’ Southcoasttoday.com

Experts: Pilgrim safe from hurricane’s impact, Cape Cod Times

Mars 2020 rover goes nuclear with delivery of new electrical generator, New Atlas

4 Reasons Why U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Are Safe from Drones, NEI Blog

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

NY Energy Market Summit Tackles DERs, RTO Insider

U.S. Officials Push New Penalties for Hackers of Electrical Grid, Wall St. Journal

New York generators urge FERC to block certain capacity sales, SPGlobal.com

Massachusetts Lawmakers Pass Bill that Opens New Prospects for Microgrids, Microgrid Knowledge

Report: Trump to nominate DOE policy head McNamee to FERC, Utility Dive

Utilities ask customers to save power during high heat, (VT) Washington Times

High energy costs a deterrent as NH looks to attract and keep companies, The Union Leader

Rhode Island residents concerned about high-voltage line at beach, WHDH 7News

Gov. Sununu touts need to lower NH’s energy costs, Seacoastonline.com

Construction Begins on 7.4-MW Fuel Cell Park at Naval Submarine Base New London, Microgrid Knowledge

Report: FERC working with White House, NSC on coal and nuclear bailout, Utility Dive

 

Editorial/Opinion

Letter to the editor: Tech can solve gas pipeline concerns, Boston Business Journal

OUR OPINION: Keep a watchful eye on decommissioning of Plymouth nuclear plant, Patriot Ledger

Op-ed: NJ should favor single developers for offshore-wind projects, NJ Spotlight

To the Editor: More evidence, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Editorial: Surging prices for electricity, The Providence Journal

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Energy News for week ending June 15, 2018

Deepwater wins again | DAC can work, but… | Pricing Carbon | Save the bees

 

Good Friday Afternoon.

The awarding of offshore wind contracts continued this week, with Connecticut selecting a proposal from Deepwater Wind. From Renewables Now, “Regulators in Connecticut have selected a proposal by Deepwater Wind to supply 200 MW of offshore wind power to the state, it was announced on Wednesday…The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) said in a press release that 824,830 MWh of power will be sourced from the Revolution Wind complex between Montauk, New York, and Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, which could be later paired with FirstLight Power’s 1,168-MW Northfield Mountain pumped-storage facility to allow it to act like a baseload resource. Construction works on the project could start in 2022, with completion targeted in 2023…”

This week, Dave Roberts at Vox.com looks at the pitfalls and possibilities of pulling carbon dioxide out of the air in what’s known as “Direct Air Capture” or DAC. His piece is long and detailed but worth a read. In general he concludes, “DAC itself is a bit of a Swiss army knife, useful in virtually any decarbonization scenario, so the technology seems likely to find a way forward one way or another. In the end, DAC, like most clean energy technologies, is neither a silver bullet nor bull [sugar honey ice tea]. It’s just a promising development in a world that needs all the promising developments it can get.” (My apologies to Mr. Roberts for that edit — but one needs to get past email filters…)

The Massachusetts Senate this week approved an energy bill that Bruce Mohl at Commonwealth Magazine writes, contains, “what is essentially carbon pricing but called it a “market-based compliance mechanism” instead. Massachusetts, as part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, already puts a price on carbon in electricity generation, but the Senate bill would extend that approach to the rest of the economy, including transportation.” Mohl notes that the legislation is supported by National Grid, which released a white paper in which, “The utility said most of the emissions reductions to date have come in the electric generation sector. While progress there needs to continue, Grid said, the bulk of future reductions will need to come in the transportation and heating sectors, where progress has been minimal.”

The last tidbit for this week comes from the News and Observer in New York where Governor Cuomo has a bill waiting on his desk that “will encourage solar farm operators to incorporate bee-friendly vegetation on their properties…the measure would require state agricultural to create new standards for solar energy farms including guidelines for vegetation that attract and protect bees and other pollinating species.”

You can find more events at Northeast Energy News. Have a great weekend.

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

End of the ‘gas rush?’ Renewables, storage reaching cost parity, report finds, Utility Dive

Eversource seeks to revive New England Access Northeast natgas pipe, Reuters

LaFleur defies FERC majority, will consider broad climate impacts of pipelines, Utility Dive

Gas pipeline developers to press build-out hopes in New York, New England, Platts

PUC allows contentious Mariner East 1 pipeline to restart, philly.com

Weymouth: Officials Challenge Waterways Permit for Proposed Compressor Station in Federal Court, WATD-FM

Assessing the Aftermath of Marshall County Pipeline Explosion, The Intelligencer

A Community Cracked Open by Fracking, New York Times

Court rejects fracking company’s appeal in “rule of capture” decision, State Impact

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Sucking carbon out of the air won’t solve climate change, Vox

Pope Tells Oil Executives to Act on Climate: ‘There Is No Time to Lose,’ New York Times

Senate bill would ramp up clean energy development, CommonWealth Magazine

Global Investment in Wind and Solar Energy Is Outshining Fossil Fuels, Wall St. Journal

Quasi-public state agency wired $94K to cybercriminal, audit finds, Boston Business Journal

Energy Department Selects Six Awardees for $6.7 Million in Marine Energy Funding, (press release), energy.gov

Wind and fuel cell power backed by state, CT Post

Andover board Oks energy section for Town Plan, Chester (VT) Telegraph

Putting a price on carbon gains momentum in Mass., CommonWealth Magazine

Sen. Jeb Bradley and Rep. Herb Richardson: Homegrown renewable energy gets boost from legislation, Concord Monitor

Sununu May Veto Net Metering Expansion, Biomass Bill, New Hampshire Public Radio

UMass Amherst Surges in Rankings for Sustainable Universities, Moving up to No. 9 in the Nation, UMass Amherst

 

Wind

Connecticut taps Deepwater Wind for 200 MW of offshore wind, Renewables Now

As Maine shifted priorities, southern New England seized on offshore wind, Portland Press Herald

Administration looks offshore for wind energy boom, Washington Examiner

Connecticut joins the offshore wind rush, Connecticut Mirror

New report touts Maine’s potential for offshore wind, Windpower Engineering

Wind company vacates its office space in Parishville, National Wind Watch

Next Offshore Wind in U.S. Can Compete With Gas, Developer Says, Bloomberg

Regulators apply brakes to offshore wind power project led by UMaine, Press Herald

Maine PUC to review draft terms sheet for Maine Aqua Ventus offshore wind project, Daily Energy Insider

 

Solar

Lawmakers: Make solar farm sites friendly to bees, News & Observer

Dozens of Lawmakers Object Solar Program’s Details, Banker & Tradesman

Report: Massachusetts expects steep drop in solar installations in 2018, MassLive.com

Hopkinton neighbors oppose solar panels off scenic road, MetroWest Daily News

New US Solar Record — 2.155 Cents Per kWh! (+ 400 MWh of Energy Storage), CleanTechnica

Incentives Drive U.S. Solar Into Higher Gear: Five Key Findings, Solar Industry

This passive-energy lake house unites multiple generations under one roof, Inhabitat

Developer plans second solar project in Bennington, VTDigger

Hopkinton select board mulls solar installation on landfill, Concord Monitor

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Providence Details Energy Efficiency Success—and Recommits, NRDC

Home Energy Audit May Be Coming Soon—and Why Your Home May Not Measure Up, Realtor.com

Backed by Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, Breakthrough Energy Ventures places first bets on power storage, GeekWire

Vermont establishes new energy efficiency program, WRAL

The Higher Efficiency State: Massachusetts or California?, Renewable Energy World

 

EVs

Postcard from the Future: Latest on How States are Preparing the Grid for Electric Vehicles, Microgrid Knowledge

 

Nuclear

Nuclear plant gets good report, Cape Cod Times

FERC Commissioners Agree: No Grid Emergency Exists to Justify Coal, Nuclear Bailout,

Greentech Media

Nuclear power getting more bailouts as natural gas crowds energy market, Politico

NRC Staff Holds Public Hearing On Indian Point Nuclear Power Performance, Scarsdale Daily Voice

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Massachusetts utilities conclude contract negotiations to import hydro, Utility Dive

National Grid settlement curbs rate increase, ups grid mod in Rhode Island, Utility Dive

ISO-NE implements ‘pay-for-performance’ capacity market incentives, Utility Dive

Consumer Advocate: PUC Should Close Two Cases Eversource Wants Revisited, InDepthNH.org

Power Companies’ Mistakes Can Cost Billions. Who Should Pay?, New York Times

Microgrids Benefit from New Jersey’s Push for More Renewables and Energy Storage, Microgrid Knowledge

New 785MW electric plant in Oxford comes online, New Haven Register

New England fully integrates demand response into wholesale markets, Utility Dive

New Mansfield Electric Department generator to curb costs, WickedLocal

Overheard at New England Energy Conference and Exposition 2018, RTO Insider

Baker gets a ‘C’ on environmental report card, Gloucester Daily Times

New York State Public Service Commission : National Grid LI to Pay $1.98 Million to Settle Gas Explosion Investigation, WRAL

 

Editorial/Opinion

On clean energy, we need a 7th inning stretch, CommonWealth Magazine

No 7th inning stretch needed, just clean energy home runs, CommonWealth Magazine

Conservation Law Foundation — less steward and more bully, Boston Globe

If Nuclear Power Is So Safe, Why Are We So Afraid Of It?, Forbes.com

To meet demand for rural power, communities can look to nuclear energy, CNN

Clouds over Mass. solar industry, CommonWealth Magazine

Biomass supports NH families, New Hampshire Union Leader

Keeping nuclear plants in the mix, Boston Globe

Roberta Pevear: Seabrook is an accident waiting to happen, Concord Monitor

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Energy News for week ending June 8, 2018

Save the nukes | Fundamental Change

Happy Friday. Just a couple of quick hits for today.

Both the region’s biggest newspaper and the President want to save nuclear power plants. As the Wall St. Journal reports, “The Energy Department is proposing a new plan to bail out failing nuclear and coal-fired power plants by forcing grid operators to take the electricity they produce, a move that could upend competitive power markets and raise prices for consumers.” And in an editorial, the Boston Globe suggests, “To keep the region’s climate goals achievable, policy makers should ensure that Pilgrim is the last nuclear power plant that New England loses.”

An article in Vox this week is about a new technology from a company called 3DFS that “could effectively double the energy efficiency of the electricity system, getting twice the energy services out of the same amount of generation. That would radically hasten both electrification and decarbonization, proving a weapon against climate change at least as potent as renewable energy itself.”

As always you can find more news and events at Northeast Energy News. Have a great weekend.

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Chester County commissioners slam Sunoco for ‘appalling’ lack of pipeline information, State Impact

Quebec to ban shale fracking, limit oil-and-gas exploration, Global News

Analysis: Rover Pipeline coming online results in higher flows into East Canada, Platts

Oil industry ‘deeply discouraged’ by Trump’s new tariffs, Washington Examiner

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Walsh Announcing New Energy Plan as Mayors Meet, NECN

Power brokers: Boston to join other cities to collectively buy energy from renewable sources, Boston Globe

Pope summons oil execs to Vatican to talk climate change, Penn Energy

Will FERC uphold state support for clean energy?, Utility Dive

Green groups push for 12-13 Mt RGGI cap for New Jersey upon re-entry, Carbon-Pulse

Connecticut Port of Stonington Participates in Fishing for Energy Partnership, Waste360

Controversial RI Biomass Bill Not Moving Forward In General Assembly This Year, Rhode Island Public Radio

 

Wind

Regional Cooperation Stressed at Meeting on New York Bight Offshore Wind Areas, Renewable Energy World

GE Renewable Energy To Provide Cyber Security For Invenergy Wind Turbine Fleet, CleanTechnica

New England Bets Big on Offshore Wind Power, Engineering News-Record

Report finds offshore wind could add 2,100 jobs, as regulators mull fate of UMaine project, MSN

Region’s leaders pitch New London to offshore wind suppliers, The Day

Massachusetts hoping to be nation’s offshore wind power hub, Washington Post

 

Solar

This new doc shows how renewable energy recharges communities, Fast Company

Hancock County will consider zoning change to accommodate solar farm, MaineBiz

New solar plants equipped with electricity-storage capacity are proliferating across the U.S., IEEFA

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

This technology could fundamentally change our relationship to electricity, Vox.com

PSEG plans $3 billion in energy efficiency projects and 50,000 vehicle charging stations, NorthJersey.com

Tesla has installed a truly huge amount of energy storage, Fast Company

N.J. sets ‘aggressive’ 2 GW storage target by 2030, Utility Dive

Northampton’s door-to-door effort yields progress on home energy conservation, Daily Hampshire Gazette

 

Nuclear

Energy Department Prepares New Plan to Prop Up Nuclear, Coal-Fired Power Plants, Wall St. Journal

NRC Chair: Nuclear safety regulatory process not to blame for plant retirements, Utility Dive

Dominion Energy : makes push to prove Millstone ‘at risk’ of closure, 4-Traders

Trump memo on struggling power plants raises concerns, Cape Cod Times

Vermont Yankee Buyer Says Success Here Could Mean Big Business Elsewhere, Rhode Island Public Radio

Welch backs controversial nuclear waste bill, VTDigger

Oyster Creek nuclear plant submits 60-year, $1.4 billion closing plan, Press of Atlantic City

 

EVs

The Correlation Between Smart Meters and Electric Vehicle Adoption Rates, Energy Manager Today

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

CMP Strikes $22M Deal On Transmission Project That Could Cross Kennebec River Gorge, Maine Public

Why Do Americans Stay When Their Town Has No Future?, Bloomberg

Patagonia joins fight against CMP transmission line through Maine, Portland Press Herald

New England fully integrates demand response into wholesale markets, Utility Dive

Cape Codders to Save on Electric Bills as Supply Rates Fall, Cape Cod

National Grid breaks ground in Somerset, South Coast Today

Trump memo on struggling power plants raises concerns, Cape Cod Times

National Grid would boost revenues by $19.6M in settlement with R.I. regulators, Providence Journal

Eversource rejects CT Water’s bidding-war invitation, Hartford Business Journal

Eversource Receives Industry Award for Winter Power Restoration Efforts, Cape Cod

Exelon CEO: ‘We Need Federal Intervention’ on Grid Resilience, Greentech Media

In Millbury, National Grid linemen test skills, eye Kansas rodeo, Telegram

 

Editorial/Opinion

Retiring more nuclear plants could hurt Mass. climate goals, Boston Globe

Region’s power grid is changing dramatically, Commonwealth Magazine

Letter: William F. Horan: R.I. cannot count on renewable energy alone, Providence Journal

NJ Keep It Rollin’: Adopt a Strong RGGI Cap, Gov. Murphy, NRDC

Jerry Elmer: An historic energy day, VTDigger

Music and climate change, CommonWealth Magazine

No true way to evacuate from nuke plant emergency, Seacoastonline.com

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Energy News for week ending May 25, 2018

Taking it in | No reconsideration | They don’t belong to you

 

Happy Friday!

Given it’s the start of a long weekend we’ll keep it short today.

The biggest news of course was the awarding of the MA 83C RFP for offshore wind to Vineyard Wind. According to an article on Southcoasttoday.com there were some who were surprised that the state didn’t award contracts to two bidders. And just after the announcement Erich Stephens, chief development officer for Vineyard Wind, was quoted only as saying “I’m still at the point of … taking it in.” The New York Times also has a great story on what it means for the offshore wind industry in the US and in particular, New Bedford. And, how at the same time as Massachusetts’ announcement, “Rhode Island announced it would award a 400-megawatt offshore wind project to another bidder (Deepwater Wind) in the auction.”

The Union Leader reports “There will be no reconsideration of the Northern Pass by the state’s Site Evaluation Committee…An appeal to the state Supreme Court is now the most likely option for the project.”

And last for this week is a report in the Salem News that “State regulators earlier this year told a dozen electric, natural gas and water companies to show how they plan to pass along savings from a federal tax cut to their customers. Attorney General Maura Healey wasn’t happy with the response, it seems. Her office blasted the companies, calling their plans inadequate and accusing them of “holding onto tax revenues that legally do not belong to them,” in a letter to the state Department of Public Utilities…Healey’s office is hiring a private consultant to review the utilities’ plans and determine if they are fudging the numbers, Geary noted.

 

As always you can find events at Northeast Energy News. Enjoy the long weekend!

 

Offshore Wind/83C RFP/RI

‘Taking it in’: Vineyard Wind wins offshore wind contract with Massachusetts, South Coast Today

Project Selected to Bring Offshore Wind Energy to the Commonwealth, Mass.gov (press release)

Massachusetts and Rhode Island Contract for 1,200MW of Offshore Wind, Greentech Media

In Landmark Day, East Coast States Secure 1.2 GW of Offshore Wind for US, Renewable Energy World

Massachusetts Gains Foothold in Offshore Wind Power, Long Ignored in U.S., New York Times

Two big wind farms to rise off coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Boston Globe

Baker makes bold bet on offshore wind, CommonWealth Magazine

Massachusetts and Rhode Island announce large offshore wind projects, Press Herald

CMP’s parent company to build nation’s largest offshore wind project, Bangor Daily News

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Northeast Region Slated for Record Natural Gas Pipeline Capacity Buildout in 2018, The Energy Collective

Divided FERC restricts climate impacts in pipeline reviews, Utility Dive

N.H. Supreme Court on natural gas pipeline expansion could provide spark for Northern Pass, Concord Monitor

NH court OKs novel pipeline financing approach, CommonWealth Magazine

Court Overturns Pipeline Denial, Valley News

Fall River Regrets Water Sale to Burrillville Power Plant, ecoRI news

The Great American Fracking Bubble, CleanTechnica

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

NY Task Force Examines Carbon Pricing Impacts, RTO Insider

NY Gov., Communities Question Environmental Justice of Proposed Waste-to-Energy Facility, Renewable Energy World

As more solar and wind come onto the grid, prices go down but new questions come up, The Conversation

1st Franklin candidates debate energy, climate policy, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Report: Renewables, Energy Efficiency in New England Will Replace the Need for Gas Pipelines, Renewable Energy World

Activists rally against bill that would allow energy incentives for biomass, The Providence Journal

 

Wind

Vineyard Wind to deploy wind measurement buoy at Massachusetts offshore wind project, Compelo

Turbine will not spin again in Falmouth, Cape Cod Times

New London, state leaders push offshore wind development as Mass., R.I. projects move forward, The Day

 

Solar

New UMaine energy proposal calls for biomass, solar, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

‘Solar For All’ Brings Green Energy To Lower-Income Households, WSHU

GID and Black Bear announce Massachusetts solar projects, pv magazine USA

Rhinebeck and Vermont solar companies merge, plan to add employees, Poughkeepsie Journal

City Council to talk solar power, The Laconia Daily Sun

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Energy Efficiency Leads in Job Growth as Energy Sector Adds Over 130,000 Jobs in 2017, Renewable Energy World

Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs Harder to Find, More Expensive in High-Poverty Neighborhoods, Greentech Media

 

EVs

Utility trade groups press EPA to embrace EVs in fuel standard rewrite, Utility Dive

EV charging could significantly reduce storage needs, DOE lab finds, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

NorthStar makes new promises for Vermont Yankee purchase, Brattleboro Reformer

NRC releases summary of Seabrook nuclear plant visit, Gloucester Daily Times

Panel seeks to define state role in Pilgrim closure, Cape Cod Times

New Jersey Gov. Murphy signs bills creating zero emission credits for nuclear, Utility Dive

Proposed NRC rule changes raise safety concerns, Cape Cod Times

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Site Evaluation Committee rejects Northern Pass appeal for new hearing, Union Leader

Bill Gives Municipalities More Say in Power-Plant Siting, ecoRI news

Eversource Under Fire For Gas Rate Hike Request, Hartford Courant

3 Questions: New England’s wholesale electricity markets, MIT News

Electricity company overcharged customers millions, but was still losing money, Bangor Daily News

New York Public Service Commission forecasts lower energy prices this summer, Daily Energy Insider

Cold snap tested reliability of region’s power grid and arguments against fossil fuels, Portland Press Herald

Maine eyes lower ratepayer costs from increased electric integration with Canada, Utility Dive

Utilities slow in reducing charges, Salem News

New York State Public Service Commission begins management, operations audit of National Grid, Daily Energy Insider

Generators slam ISO-NE cost recovery proposal for Exelon gas plant, Utility Dive

Some Mainers question hydro-electricity line for MA, CommonWealth Magazine

Farmington rethinks endorsement of Quebec to Massachusetts power line, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Is the Great Experiment of Wholesale Electricity Competition Ending?, Electric Light and Power

Governor LePage seeks input on a new era in Maine energy, PenBayPilot.com

Concerns raised over CMP transmission line proposal, Daily Bulldog

Rhode Island and New England May Get Hit with Rolling Blackouts in the future, GoLocalProv

Blumenthal Slams Eversource For Proposed Rate Hike, New England Public Radio

 

Editorial/Opinion

Eversource: Time to rein in competitive electricity suppliers, CommonWealth Magazine

Offshore wind rush is irresponsible, CommonWealth Magazine

Natural gas is not a clean fuel, CommonWealth Magazine

We need to put a price on carbon, CommonWealth Magazine

How Massachusetts can blaze a trail for climate action, Boston Globe

“Green” energy, an environmental disaster, PowerLine Blog

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