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Energy News for week ending March 1, 2019

Map It Out | Feeling Pressure | Would you be a good neighbor

 

Happy Friday afternoon.

It’s getting late so we’ll just call your attention to a few bits of news.

First – this is a post from Visual Capitalist from late January, but we just caught wind of it today. It’s map of all the power plants in the US. You can scroll between 2007 and 2016 to see how things have changed. It’s kind of cool.

Second, there is news of more moratoriums on natural gas hookups in Massachusetts. From Jon Chesto at the Globe, “The municipal utilities that serve Holyoke and Middleborough just imposed separate moratoriums on new natural gas hookups, citing supply constraints. Is your community close behind? Probably not. The two biggest gas providers in Massachusetts, National Grid and Eversource, say their supplies are adequate for now.

To close, have you ever seen those green envelopes in your utility bills? They are for the Good Neighbor Energy Fund, which helps keep those less fortunate stay warm during the winter. The Gardner News is reporting that “The Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund is appealing to Massachusetts’ residents and businesses to make a donation to the Fund’s 2019 “Give the Gift of Warmth” campaign due to a heightened urgency of need brought on by bitter cold temperatures and the resulting increase in home energy consumption throughout the state…’The falling temperatures are generating an increase in the number of inquiries by individuals and families in need of energy assistance,’ said Mary Ellen Molloy, chairwoman of the 2018-2019 Good Neighbor Energy Fund campaign and regulatory relations specialist for Eversource Energy. ‘To meet their need, we appeal to the giving spirit of all our neighbors in the state and ask that you consider enclosing a donation of any amount in the green envelopes found in your utility bills or online at http://magoodneighbor.org/.’” FYI – you don’t need to live in MA to make a donation.

That’s it for this week. More snow is on the way so stay safe out there and have a great weekend.

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Massachusetts gas explosions cost Columbia Gas more than $1 billion, Boston.com

Communities feeling pipeline pressure, Boston Globe

SEC Investigating Columbia Gas Parent For Pre-Disaster Filings, USA Patch

Columbia Gas parent won’t rule out rate hikes, Andover Townsman

The First Battle of the ‘Green New Deal’ Is the New York Pipeline Fight, Daily Beast

Coal power still gets NH through coldest days of the year, Union Leader

Anti-pipeline group questions HG&E moratorium decision, Daily Hampshire Gazette

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Massachusetts house speaker introduces plan to allocate $1B for green infrastructure, Utility Dive

America’s strongest climate governor might be a Republican, E&E News

Amesbury awaits state approval of green initiative, Newburyport Daily News

Neal backs ‘bold action’ on climate change, falls short of endorsing ‘Green New Deal,’ MassLive

US keeps air pollution standard established under Obama, AP

When environmentalists busted up dams, coal moved in, Grist.com

Paul Mercer Appointed To Head New England EPA Office, WGBH

New York moves to phase out older peaking plants as it targets 100% clean energy, Utility Dive

Baker proposes controversial change in how Mass. spends money on global warming, Boston Globe

6 Clean Energy Milestones to Watch For, Union of Concerned Scientists

Community forum to provide update on Brayton Point, Herald News

Climate change is depleting our essential fisheries, National Geographic

Vermont Farmers Learn to Adapt to a Changing Climate, Seven Days

Will Massachusetts and Other Northeastern States Move to Aggressively Price Carbon Emissions?, National Law Review

Mills sets renewable energy goals in climate change speech, Portland Press Herald

Very high carbon dioxide could suppress cooling clouds, climate change model warns, New York Times

 

Wind

Cranston won’t sue Johnston over wind farm, Turn to 10

Rhode Island fishermen accept Vineyard Wind mitigation, South Coast Today

$2B offshore wind farm gets R.I. approval, Providence Journal

Nantucket fishermen raise concerns about wind farm, Cape cod Times

Offshore wind flexes 69GW potential to 2027, reNews

 

Solar

27 MW of distributed solar to be installed in New York and Rhode Island, Renewable Energy World

Burlington solar company nets $1 million investment, VTDigger

Solar energy incentives bill moves forward, Portland Press Herald

Tremont solar project latest in CEI, Nature Conservancy funding collaboration, Mainebiz

Solar farms growing along the countryside, WTNH

Solar facility expanding into Franklin, The Bulletin

Homeowners rush to install solar, Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

17-acre solar farm in Northampton seeks Planning Board approval, MassLive

Clean energy groups support solar policy reforms in New York State, Daily Energy Insider

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Eversource wants to remotely lower users air conditioners, Valley News

PPL Expanding Energy Efficiency Programs with EFI’s Award Winning Utility Marketplace and Instant Rebate, Business Journals

Massachusetts speaker proposes $1B for energy efficiency grants, Journal-Record

The Energy Burden: How Bad is it and How to Make it Less Bad., Union of Concerned Scientists

How the US Became the Most Varied and Groundbreaking Energy Storage Market, Greentech Media

Investors in the energy-storage company Tesla is trying to buy for $218 million are suing to block the sale, Business Insider

New York utilities, NYISO to collaborate on allowing storage in state’s wholesale and retail markets, Utility Dive

FERC allows storage to access New England real-time energy markets, Utility Dive

Designing Liberty Utilities’ New Hampshire residential storage program, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

CT taxpayers on hook for another round of nuke payouts, New Haven Register

Entergy Works On Selling Indian Point After It Shuts Down, WAMC

The Energy 202: Should nuclear plants get a bailout in the name of climate change? Pennsylvania debates, Washington Post

Read a draft of Pennsylvania’s nuclear bailout bill, State Impact PA

U.S. still has no place for spent nuclear fuel, so Maine Yankee’s owner gets millions, Portland Press Herald

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Regulators fine energy business $1.5 million as state lawmakers debate industry regulations, Hartford Courant

NEPPA CALLS FOR SPECIAL COMMISSION TO ADDRESS FUTURE ELECTRICITY NEEDS, Utility Dive

Who paid for ad critical of Mills’ support for CMP power line? No one’s saying., Portland Press Herald

Central Maine Power, opponent address proposed transmission line, Portland Press Heralds

Maine PUC wants to cut CMP’s allowable profit, WGME

Brayton Point towers to be imploded April 27, Herald News

The state’s ban on food waste lacks teeth, critics say, Boston Globe

Mapped: Every Power Plant in the United States, Visual Capitalist

National Grid expands customer engagement platform to 2 million customers, Electric Light and Power

 

Editorial/Opinion

Three takes on natural gas, CommonWealth Magazine

EDITORIAL: There’s plentiful gas on our doorstep. Let’s use it, Lowell Sun

Letter: Weather vs Green New Deal, New Hampshire Union Leader

Editorial: Hopes for hydro from Canada, Providence Journal

Put RGGI funds into energy efficiency, by Chris Balch, Keene Sentinel

EDITORIAL: Bay State takes rising seas seriously, Daily News of Newburyport

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NE Energy News for week ending January 4, 2019

Monitoring | Sun shines in Holyoke | What if…

Happy Friday everyone. We hope you all enjoyed the holidays. Now let’s get back to it.

This week we start with a gas story. From the Eagle Tribune, “Natural gas companies would be required to have experienced technicians on job sites to monitor gas pressure in the lines during work, under a proposal filed Thursday. Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, filed the proposal in response to the gas fires and explosions that ripped through the Merrimack Valley four months ago. ‘We need to make sure that monitoring is taking place on every site where it’s warranted,’ Tarr said. ‘It’s a matter of protecting public safety and the reliability of the gas system.’ He said the proposal, if approved, would require the state Department of Public Utilities to come up with regulations to require monitors on job sites.”

Holyoke finds itself at the center of an “activists do good” story in Fast Company. “For more than half a century, a coal plant in the city of Holyoke, Massachusetts spewed pollution into the air. Now, the plant is closed, and 17,000 solar panels and a battery storage system–the largest in the state–send clean power to the grid. Later this year, as the coal plant’s smokestacks come down, the rest of the site will be developed for new industry. It’s a transition that was driven by the economic collapse of coal and accelerated by local activists who were concerned about the area’s high asthma rates, twice as high as the rest of the state.”

The last story we’re highlighting for this week comes from CommonWealth Magazine and features a “What if” scenario relative to offshore wind. “Last year at this time, New England was gripped by a blast of unusually cold weather that went on for 16 days. The prolonged low temperatures increased demand for natural gas for both heating and electricity, which with the region’s pipeline constraints led to sharply higher wholesale electricity prices and forced power generators to burn more oil in the brief period than they had in the previous two years combined. Now the operator of the region’s power grid, at the request of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, has engaged in a bit of “what if” analysis. What if a wind farm had been operating off the coast last winter? The analysis indicates a working wind farm last winter would have reduced the region’s carbon dioxide emissions and wholesale electricity prices, but not enough to eliminate the impact of the region’s pipeline constraints.”

See below for a lot more articles and opinion pieces. Enjoy and have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Gov. Charlie Baker signs law requiring greater engineering oversight of natural gas work, MassLive

Tarr proposal would require monitors on gas projects, Eagle Tribune

New England Pipeline Upgrade Opponents Fail At DC Circ., Law360

Fracking’s Secret Problem—Oil Wells Aren’t Producing as Much as Forecast, Wall St. Journal (paywall)

Pipeline Incident Statistics Reveal Significant Dangers, NRDC.org

With Hogan ‘no’ vote, Maryland board rejects Columbia Gas pipeline expansion, Utility Dive

 

Lockout

National Grid workers say holding firm on contract demands ‘the right thing,’ Boston Globe

As National Grid Reaches Tentative Deal, Real Estate Group Warns Backlog Could Be 2 Years, WBUR

Developers cheer eased gas moratorium, impending National Grid lockout end, BBJ (paywall)

National Grid, union reach tentative agreement to end lockout, Boston Globe

 

Merrimack Valley

Lawrence fire chief wants Columbia Gas to pay for extra firefighters in new year, Eagle Tribune

Andover Fire Chief: Call 911 For Gas Leaks, USA Patch

Columbia Gas customers have sticker shock at first bills since explosions in Massachusetts, WGME

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Emissions from New England power plants fall again, MassLive

Clean energy industry increases in Massachusetts, The Reminder

Bill seeks $50 million to address sea level change in Maine, Portland Press Herald

Conn. joins multi-state pact to tax auto emissions, Connecticut Post

Massachusetts activists and legislators call for action in environmental policy, Daily Hampshire Gazette

State starts from zero with clean peak energy standard, WBJournal

Westborough and Northborough Named Green Communities, USA Patch

Conn. Zero-Carbon Awards Include Nuclear, Offshore Wind, Solar, RTO Insider

 

Wind

What if an offshore wind farm was up and running last winter?, CommonWealth Magazine

PPA for 200-MW Offshore Wind Farm Approved by Connecticut Regulators, Renewable Energy World

With Vineyard Wind, the U.S. Finally Goes Big on Offshore Wind Power, IEEE Spectrum

3 firms eye building wind energy turbines off New Jersey, Houston Chronicle

 

Solar

This old coal plant is now a solar farm, thanks to pressure from local activists, Fast Company

New Jersey Board of Public Utilities releases straw proposal for transition to new solar program, Daily Energy Insider

US on cusp of unprecedented solar boom, pv magazine international

Solar farms and bridgework lead news in 2018, Breeze Publications

Solar farm on town warrant, Cabinet

Brunswick families ask state’s top court to overturn solar panel tax, Portland Press Herald

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Vassalboro to convert streetlights to energy-efficient LEDs, Kennebec Journal

New York energy storage sector expected to create 27,400 jobs by 2030, Business Journals

 

EVs

Massachusetts Extends Electric Vehicle Rebate Program, Electriccarsreport.com

 

Nuclear

Connecticut taps nuclear plants to generate clean energy, AP

Trump’s Tech Battle With China Roils Bill Gates Nuclear Venture, Wall St. Journal

Nuke on a truck: How Westinghouse is shrinking the nuclear power plant, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Nuclear Industry Still A Power Player, But Solar And Offshore Wind Energy Grow, WNPR

Regulators file complaint against maker of nuclear fuel cask at Vermont Yankee, The Post-Star

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Town anticipates $3.5 million power plant payment, Wicked Local Sandwich

NY State Public Service Commission launches pilot program to reduce energy costs, Daily Energy Insider
US energy expenditures lowest in nearly 50 years in 2016, Daily Energy Insider

A power company mishap turns New York’s skyline blue, CNN

Electricity Use Was Up Last Year, But Why?, Bloomberg

Three Big Energy Ideas to Watch in 2019, Microgrid Knowledge

Eversource continues to oppose sale of Connecticut Water to Calif. company, Journal Inquirer

ISO-NE Pulls off Fuel Security, CASPR Measures, RTO Insider

New York Looks to Expand Energy Programs in 2019, RTO Insider

CMP says Jackman outages are higher, but not as bad as residents are saying, Portland Press Herald

 

 

Editorial/Opinion

To combat climate change, Massachusetts needs to break these habits — and soon, Boston Globe

Developing Widett Circle is short-sighted, CommonWealth Magazine

Municipal electricity aggregation really works, CommonWealth Magazine

Unexpected fall of Northern Pass, Concord Monitor via Energy Central

Viewpoint: New energy infrastructure must be a priority, Boston Business Journal

Whitcomb: They’re Leaving but It’s Still Crowded; NEPOOL; End of Zoning? Crowded Block, GoLocalProv

How gas demand from Boston changed a faraway island, Boston Globe

Editorial: Industry must be part of transit carbon cap policy, Boston Business Journal

Columnist Marty Nathan: ‘Pollute or convert.’ It’s time for green energy., Daily Hampshire Gazette

Editorial: Nuclear regulatory diligence is appreciated, Daily Hampshire Gazette

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Energy News for week ending December 14, 2018

410 Million | Roasted by the sun | Substantial Completion | Lobstocracy

 

Happy Friday everyone.

Here are a few highlights from this week.

From Reuters, U.S. offshore wind lease auction ends with record $410 mln sale, “A U.S. government auction for three wind leases off the coast of Massachusetts ended on Friday with record-setting combined bids of $410 million, the agency that conducted the sale said. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) said it would announce the provisional winners of the leases on a conference call later on Friday. Combined, the three leases represent nearly 390,000 acres near the Massachusetts islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket and Rhode Island’s Block Island. It was not immediately clear whether a single company claimed all three or if there were more than one winner.”

While we’re in the midst of holiday season, according to a story in the Portland Press Herald, this is what happened on Thanksgiving, Solar power achieved a New England milestone on chilly Thanksgiving “On last month’s historically cold Thanksgiving Day, New England turkeys were being roasted by the sun. For the first time, according to the region’s electric grid operator, thousands of solar panels offset the midmorning peak demand for power from millions of homes and businesses cooking the holiday birds. The renewable energy milestone was noted this week by ISO-New England. It highlights the growing role of solar energy on the grid and counters lingering myths about the technology not working in cold climates.”

This is great news out of Lawrence. From the Eagle Tribune, Governor, Columbia Gas announce ‘substantial completion’ of gas restoration; say service back to 98 percent of customers, “The work to restore service to more than 10,000 homes affected by the gas disaster is pretty much done, but the mission is not accomplished, state and local officials said at a press conference early Wednesday afternoon. With natural gas service restored to 98 percent of residential and business customers, Gov. Baker, local municipal leaders and Columbia Gas announced the substantial completion of the gas restoration efforts in the Merrimack Valley…Officials said 150 customers are still without gas service, most of whom decided to “self-mitigate,” or complete necessary assessments and installations themselves on their own timeline, independent of Columbia Gas contractors, or have extenuating circumstances such as damages to their homes.

We end this week on some it’s good now but not later climate change news. From MSN.com, ‘We live in a lobstocracy’: Maine town is feeling the effects of climate change, “The American lobster is a symbol of Maine, central to the state’s ethos and economy…Lobster attracts tourists, feeds locals and is a lifeblood for coastal towns. It’s (sic) importance has even swelled in recent years as lobsters have been caught in record numbers. Lobster landings – or the amount of lobster caught – have risen fivefold in the past three decades. Lobster has become a half-billion-dollar industry in Maine. And the reason for the boom, according to scientists, is climate change. The Gulf of Maine is warming faster than 99% of the world’s waters, rising at three times the global average. That warming has created optimal conditions for lobsters to reproduce and survive into adulthood…But while the warming waters have resulted in a lobster bonanza, scientists say climate change will ultimately bring a bust to the boom: As the Gulf of Maine continues to warm, that temperature sweet spot for lobsters will continue to move north. That could result in a similar spike in lobsters in Canada, but leave Maine’s industry broken.

That’s it for this week. Enjoy the news below and have a wonderful weekend.

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Massachusetts natural gas companies would support greater engineering oversight, MassLIve

Agawam farm family protests Tennessee Gas Pipeline land-taking, MassLive

Lawmaker questions gas safety consultant’s ties to industry, Boston Business Journal (subscriber content)

Columbia Gas appoints new executive in Massachusetts, Boston Globe

Agawam farm family protests Tennessee Gas Pipeline land-taking, MassLive

Mass. Town Asks 1st Circ. To Block Enbridge Pipeline Project, Law360

Judge halts Keystone XL pipeline, citing ‘complete disregard’ for climate, MSN

The Oil Industry’s Covert Campaign to Rewrite American Car Emissions Rules, New York Times

 

Merrimack Valley

Governor, Columbia Gas announce ‘substantial completion’ of gas restoration; say service back to 98 percent of customers, Eagle Tribune

Columbia Gas Holds Community Meetings For Remaining Four Percent Of Affected Customers, WGBH

Whistleblower: Columbia Gas Cut Corners Prior to Explosions, NECN

In Wake Of Gas Disaster, Lawmakers Probe Utility Companies’ Safety Plans, WGBH

Execs back Baker gas-safety bill at fiery hearing, Lowell Sun

Sen. Barrett questions gas safety consultant’s ties to industry, Lowell Sun

 

Lockout

House, in informal session, passes Grid legislation, CommonWealth Magazine

Developers left out in the cold as National Grid lockout continues, Patriot Ledger

Lawmakers push harder to resolve labor dispute at National Grid, Boston Globe

Top senator to National Grid: end the lockout “immediately”, Sentinel & Enterprise

National Grid, unions start daily meetings next Monday, Boston Herald

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Why greens are turning away from a carbon tax, Politico

That was awkward — at world’s biggest climate conference, U.S. promotes fossil fuels, Washington Post

Batteries could worsen CO2 emissions — study, E&E News

NYPA Announces $250 Million Commitment to Accelerate Flexibility of Electric Grid to Combat Climate Change, Energy Storage Association

‘We live in a lobstocracy’: Maine town is feeling the effects of climate change, MSN

Shaheen and Hassan warn of continued negative impact of climate change, Conway Daily Sun

Researchers: Sawdust is Next Wave in Renewable Energy, UMass Lowell News

Not So Sweet: Climate Change Means Slow-Growing Sugar Maples, Study Finds, NPR

France Will Save $44.5 Billion By Betting on Renewable Energy, Says Government Agency, Bloomberg L.P.

 

Wind

U.S. offshore wind lease auction ends with record $410 mln sale, Reuters

Baker: Fishing, offshore wind coexistence is ‘something we have to deal with,’ Salem News

390K acres up for auction today for offshore wind, South Coast Today

First major offshore wind project in jeopardy of being blocked, Boston Globe

Fishing industry says it doesn’t endorse Vineyard Wind’s ‘consensus plan’ for transit lanes, South Coast Today

Bay State Wind comes to O.B., MV Times

Turbines vs. eagles debate continues amid new science, National Wind Watch

Zero hour nears for Massachusetts offshore bonanza, reNews

Vineyard Wind Endorses Offshore Transit Corridor Plan, Cape Cod Today

More Than 680 Gigawatts Of New Wind Power To Come Online By 2027, CleanTechnica

 

Solar

Solar power achieved a New England milestone on chilly Thanksgiving, Portland Press Herald

Watertown Becomes 1st Town In New England To Require Solar Panels On New Commercial Constructions, WBUR

Rhode Island Encourages Brownfield Solar Projects, Renewable Energy World

U.S. solar takes hit from Trump tariffs but is cheaper than ever: report, Reuters

Renewables, Energy Storage, & Managing The Utility Grid Of The Future, CleanTechnica

Governor pushes for solar in low-income areas, New Hampshire Union Leader

Milford Eyeing Plans for 120-Acre Solar Farm, New Hampshire Public Radio

CleanChoice Launches MA Community Solar Program, Solar Industry

Solar project at Kennebec Sanitary Treatment District on target, Kennebec Journal

 

EVs

Massachusetts Needs More Than MOR-EV, Union of Concerned Scientists

Massachusetts extends electric vehicle rebate program, Gloucester Times

Survey: Consumers keen on EV purchases, though cost remains a barrier, Utility Dive

Why General Motors Is Ditching the Chevy Volt, Greentech Media

As More Cars Plug In, Utilities and Makers Juggle Ways to Power Them, New York Times

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

As grid operators file FERC Order 841 plans, storage floodgates open slowly, Utility Dive

New Massachusetts energy plan zeroes in on vehicles and buildings for emissions reductions, MassLive

 

Nuclear

Vermont Yankee buyer looking for quick start, VTDigger

Are Floating Reactors The Future Of Nuclear Energy?, Oilprice.com

Department of Energy to shut down Idaho nuclear waste treatment project, deemed not to be cost-effective, Los Angeles Times

Trump plan to reclassify nuclear waste alarms environmental groups, NBC News

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Eversource plans increase in winter electric rates, MassLive

Price of electricity going up in E. Mass., CommonWealth Magazine

US unprepared for ‘catastrophic’ power outage, presidential advisory report finds, Utility Dive

Most of Maine’s electricity customers will pay higher rates next year, Energy Central

A study examined why customers remain in TOU programs, and the results were terrible, Utility Dive

NERC: Winter preparedness initiatives will help keep lights on in northern US, Utility Dive

Report: Smart Grid Upgrades Offer Less Risk, More Flexibility than Power Lines, Renewable Energy World

Why are electricity prices spiking this winter?, CommonWealth Magazine

CMP standard-offer customers electric bills will rise in 2019, Mainebiz

Eversource’s Seacoast power project approved, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Several factors could affect power this winter, Journal Inquirer

Southern Maine electricity supply prices set to rise Jan. 1, Portland Press Herald

Cape Light Compact Announces Winter Electric Pricing, Cape Cod

Businesses win exemption from costly meter installations, Portland Press Herald

Eversource sues Portsmouth in tax dispute, Seacoastonline.com

 

Editorial/Opinion

Charlie Baker, Marty Walsh, and Robert DeLeo need to move on climate change, Boston Globe

Keeping Millstone humming, The Day

GOP and Dem lawmakers: Interstate gas pipelines must adhere to N.J’s tougher safety regulations., NJ.com

Viewpoint: Transportation commission report could be a holiday gift for entire region, Business Journals

Our View: Hydro-Quebec answers key climate question, Kennebec Journal

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Energy News for week ending December 7, 2018

We are in Trouble | Transfer Approved | Plenty of Capacity

TGIF! Let’s get to it.

From the Washington Post, “Global emissions of carbon dioxide are reaching the highest levels on record, scientists projected Wednesday, in the latest evidence of the chasm between international goals for combating climate change and what countries are doing. Between 2014 and 2016, emissions remained largely flat, leading to hopes that the world was beginning to turn a corner. Those hopes appear to have been dashed. In 2017, global emissions grew 1.6 percent. The rise in 2018 is projected to be 2.7 percent…’We are in trouble. We are in deep trouble with climate change,’ United Nations Secretary General António Guterres said this week at the opening of the 24th annual U.N. climate conference, where countries will wrestle with the ambitious goals they need to meet to sharply reduce carbon emissions in the coming years.”

Some good news in what’s expected to be a trend with nuclear plants across the country, VPR reports, “State utility regulators have approved the transfer of the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to NorthStar, a demolition company that has has (sic) committed to decommissioning the plant decades earlier than previously planned. The Vermont Public Utility Commission said a main benefit of NorthStar’s plan was that decommissioning will begin no later than 2021. The current owner of the Vernon plant, the Entergy Corporation, had planned to delay cleanup of the site until at least 2053.”

Last news highlight for this week comes from the north of the border. The Portland Press Herald reports, “Hydro-Quebec officials say opponents of a transmission line through western Maine are wrong when they say the company’s plan to send hydropower to Massachusetts won’t provide abundant clean energy to New England…The utility’s officials said Thursday that the company has enough capacity to ensure that the electricity sent south is clean and produced with none of the carbon emissions blamed for global warming. “We have excess (hydropower) energy in Quebec that we can’t get out,” Serge Abergel, director of public affairs for Hydro-Quebec, told the editorial board of the Portland Press Herald…But Dylan Voorhees, clean energy director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, disputed Abergel’s claims. He’s concerned that Hydro-Quebec could engage in a practice called greenwashing, in which a utility buys power from highly polluting generators such as coal plants when that electricity is cheap, then uses it to fulfill their own contracts rather than using their own clean hydropower. That would negate the environmental advantages of transmitting hydropower to Massachusetts.”

That’s it for this afternoon. Have a great weekend and we’ll be back in your inboxes next Friday.

 Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Berkshire Gas agrees to half its proposed rate hike, Berkshire Gas

Changing fuel prices impact household heating market, Connecticut Post

Portland Xpress pipeline project gets FERC environmental OK, Seeking Alpha

Berkshire Gas moratoriums in Franklin and Hampshire counties to continue indefinitely, MassLive

Algonquin Power to buy Enbridge Gas New Brunswick for C$331M, Seeking Alpha

Environmentalists slam Murphy for inaction on pipelines, NJtoday.com

Coal Is On The Way Out — Natural Gas Is Next, CleanTechnica

 

Lock Out

House, in informal session, passes Grid legislation, CommonWealth Magazine

Emotions high at National Grid lockout hearing, Lowell Sun

National Grid takes pounding on Beacon Hill, CommonWealth Magazine

 

Merrimack Valley

Columbia Gas targeting last few hundred customers in Lawrence area still without service, Boston Globe

Politicians call for gas execs to resign after disaster, Western Mass News

Columbia Gas-Repaired Furnace Sends Family To Emergency Room, USA Patch

‘I Don’t Feel Safe’: Lawrence Woman Injured by Stove Issued After Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions, NECN

With more plumbers, could Lawrence have seen faster gas service?, Boston Globe

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

‘We are in trouble.’ Global carbon emissions reached a record high in 2018., Washington Post

Environment: Hot, dry summers have killed trees covering nearly 50,000 forest acres, Providence Journal

On Senate Floor: Shaheen Underscores Impact of Climate Change on Granite State Environment, Wildlife & Economy, NHLaborNews.com

The Energy 202: Carbon emissions were flat only two years ago. Not anymore., Washington Post

Connecticut Preps for Weather Extremes, Flooding Highlighted in Climate Report, Government Technology

How Climate Change Is Already Affecting Infrastructure In N.H., New Hampshire Pubic Radio

Climate change already reshaping South Shore coastline, Patriot Ledger

 

Wind

Biologist’s goal: wind turbines that kill fewer bats and birds, Boston Globe

NJ Begins Strategic Planning for Murphy’s Offshore-Wind Goals, NJ Spotlight

Feds Gathering Public Input on Vineyard Wind Environmental Impact Report, CapeCod.com

Aroostook wind power backers see opportunity if western Maine transmission line fails, The County

State reviewing application for wind farm in Hancock County, National Wind Watch

Vineyard Wind draft report released, Energy Central

Wind Farm Near Martha’s Vineyard In Jeopardy, The Independent

 

Solar

Governor pushes for solar in low-income areas, New Hampshire Union Leader

Consortium turning former brownfields into solar farms, Westerly Sun

Brushy Brook solar hearing concludes; decision in January, Westerly Sun

Watertown passes new solar requirement, Wicked Local Watertown

Salem Receives Award For Solar Efforts, USA Patch

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Harvard Reveals Its Ultra-Energy-Efficient Center for Green Buildings and Cities, Architectural Record

Westwood’s Thomas Philbin Among “Leading By Example” Recipients, USA Patch

Eversource and Wesleyan University Announce New Energy Efficiency Partnership, NA Clean Energy

U.S. energy storage storm grows in strength, pv magazine international

What Long Duration Energy Storage Is & Why It Kills Coal, CleanTechnica

‘Sun in a box’ would store renewable energy for the grid, TechXplore.com

 

EVs

1M EVs in the US ‘a step in our journey’ to combat climate change, Utility Dive

Trump administration says it will end electric car tax credit in the strangest way, Electrek

America’s Power Grid Isn’t Ready for Electric Cars, CityLab.com

 

Nuclear

Vermont Yankee Transfer Approved, NorthStar Will Decommission Plant, VPR

PURA maintains “at risk” status for Millstone, Hartford Business Journal

Pennsylvania State Lawmakers Call to End the ‘Epidemic’ of Nuclear Power Plant Closures, Greentech Media

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Clean energy technologies threaten to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt., Vox.com

Canadian hydropower supplier says it has plenty of capacity for N.E., Portland Press Herald

CMP Says It Won’t Pass Costs to Customers for Billing Snafu, U.S. News & World Report

Cape Light Compact Announces Winter Electric Pricing, Cape Cod

Policymaker of the Year: Kevin McIntyre, FERC, Utility Dive

Seacoast Reliability Project continues to clear hurdles, Seacoastonline.com

CMP power line supporters make their case to Somerset County commissioners, Kennebec Journal

Connecticut standard electric rates to jump $12 to $16, Westport News

Eversource Energy reaches new contract with two Connecticut unions, New Haven Register

Reinventing the power grid in coastal Maine – well, sort of, Concord Monitor

FERC vacancy allows Democrats to win rare battle over ISO-NE market rules, Utility Dive

Non-Wires Alternatives: How Much, How Soon for Connecticut?, Microgrid Knowledge

My Car, Your Home, a Microgrid and the Future, Microgrid Knowledge

 

Editorial/Opinion

Hassan bears down: Good points on gas explosion, New Hampshire Union Leader

Columnist Marty Nathan: Climate change demands straight talk, Daily Hampshire Gazette

OP-ED: Nautilus would put NJ at forefront of offshore wind industry, NJBIZ

Eversource project endangers children, the environment, Seacoastonline.com

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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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