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Energy News for week ending October 6, 2017

Try a little voodoo | Methane Moooystery Solved | Troubling Conclusion

Happy Friday afternoon. The Energy News list today is UGE! In order to make it easier for folks to find what they want we created more categories. This may not be the case every week, but when have nearly 80 stories, like today, a little more sorting seems to help.

We’ve also been expanding our range to include more Northeast (i.e. beyond New England) stories, and of course have national news stories with potential local and regional implications. We hope you’re enjoying the change. Now, let’s get to a few of the news items.

I love the lede in this Berkshire Eagle article, “When all else fails, keep bugging the pipeline company, and try a little voodoo.” While it sounds like a lot of shenanigans were going on, the story also touches on some kind human interactions between the members of the police detail and the protestors. With all that’s been going on in the world, examples of peaceful protests are welcome news.

The Washington Post brings us the results of a study on upticks in methane over recent years. It seems the cause may be burping bovines. “Just from livestock methane emissions, our revisions resulted in 11 percent more methane in a recent year than what we were previously estimating,” said Julie Wolf, lead author of the study who completed the work while a postdoc at the institute and now works at the Department of Agriculture. “It’s not the biggest contributor to the annual methane budget in the atmosphere, but it may be the biggest contributor to increases in the atmospheric budget over recent years.” And, if you thought the emissions came from the other end of the cow, check out the embedded 2015 story about how that’s not the case.

Lastly this week, also from the Washington Post comes the results of 26-year climate change study that has been taking place in the Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA. From the article, “The research, tracking the emissions of carbon from artificially heated plots of a forest in Massachusetts, reinforces fears about the possibility of a climate change “feedback” involving the planet’s soils, one that could pile on top of and substantially worsen the ongoing warming trend triggered by the burning of fossil fuels.” Check it out, it’s pretty interesting stuff.

As always, be sure to check out the events page at New England Energy News. Have a great Columbus Day weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline/Methane

Activists relentless as Tennessee Gas tries to wrap up pipeline work, gas to flow in November, Berkshire Eagle

Scientists may have found a solution to the atmosphere’s methane mystery, Washington Post

New York power plant raises concerns, Greater New Milford Spectrum

TransCanada says it’s cancelling Energy East pipeline, CT Post

LISTEN: The science behind gas leaks under our cities and towns, The Patriot Ledger

Massive Pennsylvania gas leak proves industry requires more oversight, Environmental Defense Fund

Looking beyond pipelines to address New England’s electricity needs, Environmental Defense Fund

Renewables (Policy/RGGI/Purchasing, etc.)

Murphy or Guadagno: There’s Likely RGGI in New Jersey’s Future, NJ Spotlight

Vermont a Leader in Renewables, PUC Chair Says, RTO Insider

Renewable energy fans flex lobbying muscles in Massachusetts, Penn Energy

Council president, mayor differ on green electricity plan for city, Boston Globe

Wind

Energy Companies’ Proposal Could Help Expand Maine’s Wind Power Capacity, Maine Public

New York To BOEM: Here’s Where We Can Build Offshore Wind, North American Windpower

NY State clears way for more offshore wind, Long Island Business News

Senvion’s 3.7M144 Wind Turbine Arrives In North America, North American Windpower

If Wind Power Is Going to Replace Fossil Fuels, We Need Bigger Turbines, Futurism

From Black to Green: DONG Energy is Now Ørsted, Renewable Energy World

So Long, DONG: Danish Energy Giant Changes Name While Dropping Fossil Fuels, Greentech Media

Scituate selectmen consider shutting down wind turbine, Patriot Ledger

Solar

Net Metering Cap Stalls $78 Million Worth Of Massachusetts Solar Projects, CleanTechnica

Massachusetts Solar Industry Testifies in Support of Raising Net Metering Caps, Energy Collective

Claremont solar array project moves forward, The Union Leader

Rebuilding After the Hurricanes: These Solar Homes Use Almost No Energy, InsideClimate News

Regulations Force Boston Churches to Cut Back Solar Plan, WGBH

Solar industry turns up heat on Mass. Legislature, Boston Globe

New tariff proposals put solar in ‘a land of complete uncertainty’ ahead of ITC hearing, Utility Dive

Fairfield enters partnership to explore solar array on closed landfill, Energy Central/Morning Central

New Milford residents oppose solar project for Candlewood Mountain, News Times

Low-income families left in dark by solar law, Wicked Local Littleton

Tidal

N.S. opens door to new energy ventures among world’s highest tides in Fundy, Times Colonist

Tidal turbine test site at Cape Cod Canal gets green light, Cape Cod Times

Climate Change

One of the oldest climate change experiments has led to a troubling conclusion, Washington Post

Storage

Massachusetts’ largest ESS will help ‘stabilise’ utility customers’ rates for 20 years, Energy Storage News

National Grid, battery company unveil power system at Holy Name, Worcester Business Journal

ENGIE and Massachusetts utility team up for 6 MWh energy storage project, Utility Dive

Energy Efficiency

Pot power drain on the minds of Bay State utilities, Gloucester Times

Happy Energy Efficiency Day: Buy an LED Bulb to Celebrate, Natural Resources Defense Council

Efficiencies helped households save up to 30 percent on energy bills in 2016: IEA, Reuters

States Lead the Way on Energy Efficiency as Feds Falter, Natural Resources Defense Council

Portsmouth joins national Energy Efficiency Day, Seacoastonline.com

Start saving money, reducing pollution on Energy Efficiency Day, wwlp.com

Despite Trump, states keep getting more energy-efficient., Grist

Connecticut slips slightly in state-by-state ranking of energy efficiency, The Greater New Milford Spectrum

Want To Build An Energy Efficient House? Try Concrete, WNPR News

LED streetlight conversion leads to $115K grant, Daily Times Chronicle

Nuclear

Nuclear Regulatory Commission responds to Seabrook safety activist’s concerns, Wicked Local Ipswich

At Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant, A Rumble Over Rubble, New England Public Radio

Vermont Yankee decommissioning fund grows by $13M, Brattleboro Reformer

Entergy, NorthStar want critical comments nixed, vtdigger.org

Pilgrim owner backs off another nuclear plant closure, Cape Cod Times

Proposed federal bill would give millions to cities storing nuclear waste, Chicago Tribune

Courtney targets nuclear waste, Hartford Business

DOE NOPR FERC

US DOE proposal for FERC market reforms draws heavy fire at GCPA, Platts

An Obscure Statute Is Helping Trump Save U.S. Coal, Nuclear, Bloomberg

How DOE’s baseload power rule ‘would blow the market up,’ Utility Dive

Behind the Backlash to Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s Demand for Coal-Nuclear Market Intervention, Greentech Media

The Energy Department is Making up Reasons Why You Need to Pay More For Dirty Energy, Fast Company

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

State budget woes jeopardize environmental funding, New Haven Register

Eversource predicts dip in monthly bills by 5.5 percent, The Union Leader

Site Evaluation Committee views potential impact of Northern Pass on Concord, Concord Monitor

World’s First Technology To Measure Electricity Grid Stability Announced, CleanTechnica

Land Conservationists Worry Power Plant Will Fragment Forest, Harm Species, WNPR News

Invenergy announces water deal with Narragansett Tribe, RI Future

Rep. Cushing to PUC: Don’t Let ‘Polluter’ Eversource Buy Aquarion Water, InDepthNH.org

Worcester balks at National Grid repair bills for DCU Center, Worcester Telegram

EPA chief wants more of Northern Pass underground, The Union Leader

Connecticut energy plan raises tough questions on comparative resource valuation, Utility Dive

FERC eschews social cost of carbon measurement in new downstream analysis, Utility Dive

Winter energy prices to rise at least seven percent in Mass, MetroWest Daily News

Northern Pass hits another obstacle, CommonWealth Magazine

Imagining the Utility of the Future, Utility Dive

Gardner deal to trim electricity bills, Telegram

Editorial/Opinion

Stopping Climate Change Starts at Home, Commonwealth Magazine

Editorial: Energy project shows promise, once connected to the grid, The Recorder

Northern Pass is committed to working with businesses, The Laconia Daily Sun

Forum: Protect Millstone’s workers and communities, not its shareholders, New Haven Register

Amelia Shea: A long-term view of Vermont Yankee site, vtdigger.org

Could electricity become too cheap to meter?, CommonWealth Magazine

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Energy News for week ending September 15, 2017

What’s old is new | Millstone deal struck | It’s electric!

Happy Friday afternoon.

Some cool news this week from the folks at MIT who looked back in time – over 3 millennia – to find a potential solution to energy storage challenges. According to the article on Curbed.com, MIT researchers have reinvented firebricks, a Bronze-Age technology created by the Hittites in the 17th century BC. Firebricks were designed to retain heat for long periods of time. The MIT team’s Firebrick Resistance-heated Energy Storage (FIRES) system stores thermal energy (heat) in firebricks and later converts the energy back into electricity at about 1/40th the price of putting it into batteries. As the article notes, it could be a game changer for renewables.

According to the CT Mirror, the Connecticut General Assembly and the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy have agreed in principle on bipartisan legislation authorizing state energy officials to take measures to stabilize the profitability of New England’s largest power plant, the Millstone nuclear station in Waterford. The Hartford Courant reported Friday afternoon that the Senate approved the measure which now awaits House action. The new proposal does not include a fee paid by Millstone’s parent company Dominion Energy.

In honor of the upcoming AltWheels event we have section on EV news. According to an article in the MetroWest Daily News, electric vehicle ownership is rising in Massachusetts. They cite data from the Mass. Department of Environmental Protection that shows the number of electric vehicles in the state has grown from 782 as of July 31, 2013, to 3,770 as of March 31, 2017. The number of plug-in hybrids, which can also utilize gasoline, has increased from 1,034 to 5,701 during that time frame. There is still a long way to go, but it’s a huge leap in numbers from the days yours truly spent promoting DOER’s EV program in the mid-late 90s.

On the same topic, The Huffington Post asks, Should Utilities Build Charging Stations For Electric Cars? Some arguments for and against are that, “Building more charging stations could help alleviate ‘range anxiety,’ the fear of running out of charge with no station in sight, and therefore stimulate sales of the clean-air-friendly cars. But in some states, officials say that letting the utility industry build more stations would force all electricity consumers to pay for a service that only a few, relatively affluent, people will use.” Hmmm. The article does contain a lot more detail on the pros and cons. It’s worth a read.

Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Feds overrule New York’s natural gas pipeline permit denial, Fox Business

10 arrested in pipeline protest at Tennessee Gas Co. headquarters in Sandisfield, Berkshire Eagle

Local officials seeking to stop gas leaks, MetroWest Daily News

Reliance on natural gas expected to grow, CommonWealth Magazine

Tennessee Gas Pipeline opponents plan flotilla on Lower Spectacle Pond, Berkshire Eagle

Pipeline maintenance cuts path through quiet neighborhood in Lynnfield, ItemLive

Climate Change

Climate change did not “cause” Harvey or Irma, but it’s a huge part of the story, Vox.com

Renewables

MIT turns to millennia-old tech for renewable energy storage, Curbed.com

Agency: Turbines could spin during bird migrations, Cape Cod Times

Family donates solar power systems to 8 nonprofits, Going Green

Cost of U.S. Solar Drops 75 percent in Six Years, Ahead of Federal Goal, YaleEnvironment360

CT greenlights major renewable projects, Hartford Business Journal

Massachusetts business coalition seeks steeper renewable energy standard, Electric Light and Power

The New 1,600 Megawatt Solar Program For Massachusetts Really Is SMART, Clean Technica

Eversource Building Solar Power Sites In Western Mass., WAMC

Solar project planned for Fitchburg site with history of energy production, Worcester Telegram

Cohasset’s new solar array officially open, Patriot Ledger

Farms that grow crops and solar power together, Greenfield Recorder

Maine cities, towns hope to pump up demand for air-sourced heat, The Forecaster

Stars Aligning for Clean Energy in the State…and NH Sustainable Energy Association is Helping Make it Happen, Keene Sentinel

Energy Efficiency

Mortgage Loans Still a Missing Link to Energy Efficiency Growth, Energy Collective

The Suburb of the Future, Almost Here, New York Times

Nuclear

Senate Approves Millstone Aid, Bill Awaits House Action, Hartford Courant

Deal struck on stabilizing profits of Millstone nuclear station, CT Mirror

Pilgrim addresses deteriorating protective panels, Energy Central

Activist posts billboard warning about Seabrook nuclear plant, Ipswich Chronicle

Planners look to future of VY site, Brattleboro Reformer

EVs

Electric vehicle ownership rising in the state, MetroWest Daily News

Should Utilities Build Charging Stations For Electric Cars?, Huffington Post

R.I., 6 other states face decision on plug-in cars, Providence Journal

Electric car dream collides with reality on profits, Boston Business Journal (subscriber article)

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

ISO-NE Visits Vermont to Discuss Tx Planning, RTO Insider

Power Plant Lawsuit Worries Town Of Sandwich, The Sandwich Enterprise

CMP, Gas Companies & Solar Proponents Battle Over Energy Policy, The Free Press

Utilities see benefits in energy storage, even without mandates, Utility Dive

No Fish Story. Tiny Island Lands Big Catch with Microgrid, Microgrid Knowledge

Northern Pass Spokesman Says ‘End in Sight,’ As SEC Pushes Back Decision, NHPR

U.S. Court Allows Suit Alleging ExxonMobil’s Everett Tank Farm Is A Hazard To Proceed, WGBH

CMP & Others Bidding for New Transmission Lines Across Maine, The Free Press

As Brayton Point hits the market, golf course, industrial park among pitches, Herald News

Pass rep questioned on whether project will affect scenic resources, Union Leader

Wellesley no longer at odds over Clean Energy Standard regulations, Wicked Local Wellesley

Baker Stepping Up Emissions Strategy With Focus On Transportation, Banker & Tradesman (subscriber article)

Opinion

New England’s power grid operator is biased, CommonWealth Magazine

Energy efficiency benefits NH businesses, NHBR

Kathy Sullivan: Northern Pass is not ready for prime time, Union Leader

Eversource’s solar proposal needs to go, CommonWealth Magazine

A Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Moment for Natural Gas in NH, IndepthNH

Karen Glitman: Efficiency Vermont’s listening tour, VT Digger

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Energy News for week ending March 3, 2017

Happy FriYAY! An arctic storm front is expected to move through this evening so bundle up – winter is back, but the forecasters say it’s just for a couple of days.

In this week’s news, we have a story from Vox that explains RGGI. But, they note there is good and bad news. The good news is that it’s working. The bad news is that it’s not reducing carbon. To clarify that they wrote, “it (RGGI) has benefitted from emission reductions in the Northeast, but it hasn’t really caused any, or at least not many. Whether it can serve as an instrument of meaningful decarbonization — and retain its integrity and popularity — largely remains to be seen.”

Speaking of decarbonization, North American Windpower reports that Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo is seeking to grow renewable energy in the state by a “whopping” 1,000 percent. In the press release she said, “The goal will include energy from a broad portfolio of clean energy resources, including offshore and onshore wind and solar.” The article goes on to note that a Providence Business News article brings up a notable point: There is not yet any legislation to go along with the governor’s goal. Further, as of June 2016, approximately 95% of Rhode Island’s net electricity generation was derived from natural gas.

Last note for today – Wicked Local Woburn tells a story of how a monster slowly made its way through several Massachusetts towns. A high capacity autotransformer, weighing approximately 467,000 pounds, was moved from a dock in Everett to Eversource’s Woburn substation on Pond Street. The 35-foot long, 13-feet wide, 18-feet tall piece of equipment was moved with State Police escort on a 12-axel transport trailer through Everett, Chelsea, Malden, Melrose, Stoneham, Medford, Arlington and Winchester. The convoy traveled at about 5 miles per hour over several hours, Eversource officials said. Here’s to improved electric capacity and reliability!

Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

3 million Americans at risk from human-induced earthquakes this year, USA TODAY

Residents quietly protest proposed pipeline, Wicked Local Shrewsbury

Revealed: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s Close Ties to Lobbyists for Spectra Energy, Whose Pipeline Projects He Backs, DeSmog

Rehoboth selectmen unhappy with Spectra Energy, The Sun Chronicle

Cities, Enviros Urge FERC To Pull Pipeline Project OK, Law360

Propane for schools removed from budget; Town to explore natural gas, New Canaan Advertiser

Earthquakes Have to Do with One Very Specific Part of Fracking, Big Think

Trump’s new pipelines are going to get a ‘dog fight’ in some parts of the United States, CNBC

Renewable Energy

Eversource solar array project stalled once again, Berkshire Record

Wind Turbines Loom on Off-Cape Waters, Wicked Local Wellfleet

NH’s wood heat efforts slow, NH Business Review

Making it happen: 2017 is the year for US offshore wind energy, Windpower Engineering

Rhode Island Governor Plots Whopping 1,000% Renewables Increase, North American Windpower

The Northeast’s carbon trading system works quite well. It just doesn’t reduce much carbon, Vox

Vermont among leaders in solar jobs per capita, Vermont Biz

Environmental groups to make hard push to reverse Maine’s new solar rules, Press Herald

Trump Can’t Stop This: Global Renewable Energy Booms, Natural Resources Defense Council

How to Support Renewable Energy (and Why You Really Should), Scientific American

N.Y. tries to balance solar power growth with land-use issues, USA Today

Energy Efficiency

Don’t Underestimate the Secondary Benefits of Energy Efficiency, Energy Manager Today

Heating (Or Cooling) Costs Too High? Heat Pump Technology Has The Answer, Hartford Courant

A Carbon Tax Gains Traction Among Some Conservatives, MainePublic.org

Nuclear

Entergy takes step toward Pilgrim shutdown, Cape Cod Times

State schedules Vermont Yankee sale hearing, vtdigger.org

Pilgrim Station decommissioning panel has four Plymouth members, Wicked Local Plymouth

Scientists Say They’re Finally Getting Close To Fusion Power, Daily Caller

2 Connecticut energy bills aim to help Millstone owner, spur fuel cell use, New Haven Register

NRC bans fired Seabrook Station nuclear plant guard, Seacoastonline.com

California Nuclear Closures Resulted in 250% Higher Emissions from Electricity, The Energy Collective

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Renewables and Microgrids and Nothing Else: Crazy or Maybe?, Microgrid Knowledge

Wholesale electric prices reach new low in New England, but retail prices remain high, Boston Globe

Suppliers see lower electric prices ahead, NH Union Leader

Exelon: Millis water not needed for Medway plant, MetroWest Daily News

State approves transmission line to run under Winchester roads, Wicked Local Winchester

ISO-NE Begins Discussing Order 1000 Public Policy Tx Projects, RTO Insider

2 Vermont utilities say customers targeted by phone scam, Penn Energy

Wholesale electricity prices drop to 13-year low, CommonWealth Magazine

Needham selectmen dig deeper into Eversource project, Wicked Local Needham

Public Hearings to Discuss Eversource’s Proposed Rate Hike, CapeCod.com

Public counsel fires back over businesses’ Northern Pass claims, New Hampshire Business Review

How Secure Is Our Smart Grid?, Government Technology

Woburn autotransformer to up energy output, Wicked Local Woburn

Editorial/Opinion

Editorial: Making ‘dirty energy’ a thing of the past, MetroWest Daily News

Should Massachusetts commit itself to 100 percent renewable energy?, Boston Globe

Support RGGI for cleaner, healthier air, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Columnist Marty Nathan: Massachusetts leads on renewable energy, GazetteNET

Your Turn, NH — David Worthen: RGGI is good for NH businesses, The Union Leader

Fracking Is Dangerous To Your Health — Here’s Why, Forbes

Invenergy plant provides today’s power needs, Valley Breeze

OPINION: Energy efficiency saves money, adds jobs, Daily Record

You Can’t Have Offshore Wind Power Without Petroleum, Forbes

Guy Page: Earlier decommissioning of Vermont Yankee has multiple benefits, vtdigger.org

The trials and triumphs of offshore wind, GreenBiz

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Energy News for week ending February 10, 2017

Good Friday Afternoon. On the gas front this week, MassLive reports that the judge involved in the case for the pipeline easement, plans to OK the settlement causing some folks to stage a funeral (Berkshire Eagle). WWLP’s I Team investigates and finds that contractors cause 100’s of gas line accidents each year in Massachusetts; many never call 811.

Not in the New England, but interesting none-the-less is an article from the LA Times saying Californian’s are paying big time for power they don’t need.

CommonWealth Magazine reports this week’s power auction went smoothly, but the Enterprise reports folks at Brockton Power are feeling left out.

In the department of be careful what you wish for, Utility DIVE digs in on an ISO NE report showing that CO2 emissions spiked after Vermont Yankee’s closure. And, the Telegram reports that municipal utilities are crying foul over the new greenhouse gas limits.

Lastly, because it’s still fun to talk about the Patriot’s win, the Bangor Daily News reports their second half comeback lit up New England – literally!

Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Berkshire judge plans to OK settlement for pipeline easement through state forest, MassLive

Proposed Access Northeast pipeline would cost New England consumers $6.6 billion, The Redding Pilot

Officials blast Spectra Energy for limited monitoring at gas metering leak, The Patriot Ledger

I Team: Gas lines hit by contractors, WWLP

Next battle for Weymouth compressor opponents: Clean Air Act permits, The Patriot Ledger

Forest pipeline opponents hang tough, Berkshire Eagle

New London to consider ban on fracking waste, theday.com

Another state legislature just introduced a ban on fracking, ThinkProgress

Air quality hearing planned for new gas turbine at Sandwich plant, Cape Cod Times

Protesters stage ‘funeral’ as court prepares to grant Tennessee Gas access to Otis State Forest, Berkshire Eagle

Renewable Energy

The ‘New Normal’ in America: Renewables Boom, Emissions Plunge and Consumers Save More Than Ever, Greentech Media

Rhode Island Looks to be First State with Carbon Tax, ecoRI news

Exploring a New Mechanism to Cut Carbon Pollution in RGGI, Natural Resources Defense Council

Distributed Solar: Exploring New Opportunities, Electric Light & Power

Offshore Wind Moves Into Energy’s Mainstream, New York Times

Wind Farm’s Impact on RI Tourism to be Studied, ecoRI news

MA Solar Employment Strong, But Dipped Last Year, Banker & Tradesman

Hebron Academy’s rooftop solar project largest in state, Lewiston Sun Journal

Is there a future for land-based wind turbines south of Boston?, Boston Globe South

Solar power is an untapped resource in these 10 cities, Penn Energy

Lawmaker wants to protect island from wind energy testing, Penn Energy

Energy Efficiency

West Hartford Residents Show Commitment to Energy Efficiency, Patch.com

Wading Into the Trump Era of Energy Efficiency, Energy Collective

Nuclear

Trump and US Nuclear Power Find Common Ground in Jobs Push, Bloomberg

ISO-NE: New England CO2 emissions spike after Vermont Yankee closure, Utility Dive

In nuke debate, clash over cost, competition, Hartford Business

Power Producers Oppose Legislation Helping Millstone Nuclear Plant, Hartford Courant

Possible sale could speed Pilgrim decommissioning plan, The Patriot Ledger

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Power auction goes smoothly for 2020-2021, CommonWealth Magazine

Municipal light plants decry proposed greenhouse gas limits, Telegram

State regulations seek to reduce emissions, Salem News

Californians are paying billions for power they don’t need, LA Times

Brockton power plant project fails again at energy auction, The Enterprise

Trump’s election could have a mixed impact on New England’s energy industry, Boston Globe

With tax reform on the table, senators prepare second push for energy storage incentives, Utility Dive

Patriots’ comeback lit up New England — literally, Bangor Daily News

Manufacturers can earn $3500 with National Grid program, Worcester Business Journal

NH lawmakers hear arguments to repeal power initiatives, The Union Leader

Lawmakers start to get behind carbon emission bills, Sentinel & Enterprise

Increase in Maine electricity delivery costs sends bills soaring for big business, Press Herald

US consumer spending on electric power drops in 2016, Electric Light & Power

Dynegy completes $3.3B acquisition of Engie power plants, Utility Dive

Con Edison creates new energy company, Electric Light & Power

New York ISO releases 5-year roadmap to dispatchable DERs, Utility DIVE

Trump’s Energy Shift Could Bring Higher Gas Prices, Analysts Say, New Hampshire Public Radio

Rhode Island Looks to be First State with Carbon Tax, ecoRI news

Editorial/Opinion

EDITORIAL: Keep the pressure on gas proposal, The Sun Chronicle

COMMENTARY: Compressor Station threatens Hingham, Wicked Local Hingham

Steve Comeau: Getting real with renewable energy, vtdigger.org

Guest commentary: Take government out of utility cost equation, The Westerly Sun

Can Nuclear Power Rise From The Chaos In Washington?, Forbes

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Energy News for week ending January 27, 2017

Good afternoon. TGIF. Focusing on some good news this week, let’s start with Columbia Gas of Massachusetts getting praised by environmental activists for its “aggressive” work on reducing gas leaks (MassLive).  Second, also from MassLive, President Trump has appointed Massachusetts’ own Cheryl LaFleur to lead FERC – at least for the time being.

Depending on where you stand on the issue – this may be good or bad news – FERC approved Spectra’s Weymouth gas compression station (Patch.com) – but those who aren’t happy are calling on Governor Baker to block it (Wicked Local Weymouth).

Speaking of compression stations, State Rep. Paul Heroux has filed legislation blocking a similar project in Rehoboth (Sun Chronicle). In fact, nearly 6,000 bills were filed for the current legislative session in MA. Among them is one that would require phasing out fossil fuels across all sectors, including heating and transportation, and moving to all renewables by 2050 (Solar Industry).

Two more items of note, Eversource proposed $100M worth of energy storage for MA (Microgrid Knowledge) and Utility DIVE reports that the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy finds organized power markets save about $3 billion annually in generation costs, largely by ensuring lowest-cost units are dispatched when needed.

Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Columbia Gas pledges more aggressive program to go after pipe leaks, gaining praise from community activists, MassLive

Climate Activists Praise Shift In Gas Leak Repair Practices, WAMC

Power & Gas Index: 8 regional charts show the link between gas and electricity markets, Utility DIVE

Heroux files legislation to block Rehoboth gas compression station, The Sun Chronicle

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Gives Spectra Compressor Station OK, Patch.com

Pipeline opponents convince selectmen to rescind approval, Community Advocate

Natural gas prices rise as inventory decreases, FuelFix

Water Use Contested At Special Providence Council Meeting, Rhode Island Public Radio

National Grid withdraws pipeline tax proposal, Ricentral.com

Hidden Data Suggests Fracking Created Widespread, Systemic Impact in Pennsylvania, Public Herald

US LNG exports shift to Europe from Asia, Reuters

Feds: Natural Gas Leaking From Pipeline in Gulf of Mexico, ABC News

Governor urged to oppose compressor station project in Weymouth, Wicked Local Weymouth

Renewable Energy

Mass. Legislators Propose 100% Renewable Energy Mandate, Solar Industry

Uncertainty for wind, solar advocates, The Providence Journal

Road map for struggling biomass industry?, Mainebiz

UConnPIRG’s “lead” campaign strives to create renewable energy future for CT, UConn Daily Campus

Eversource proposes solar array on farmland in Hadley, MassLive.com

LIPA to vote on $740M wind farm project off Rhode Island, Newsday

Home of World’s Biggest Wind Turbine Maker Bypasses Trump Sphere, Bloomberg

Gov stands for dams, Kennebunk Post

Deepwater Wind’s NY Offshore Project On The Verge Of Approval, North American Windpower

Trump orders EPA to remove web page on climate change, says report, CNET

Carbon Tax Among Top Priorities For Environment Council Of RI, Rhode Island Public Radio

Going solar may mean going slower in Vermont, Watchdog.org

Maine’s $13M bailout of biomass plants will mean jobs, but at a cost of $23,700 each, Bangor Daily News

Energy Efficiency

Waltham Company Awarded $50K for Clean Energy Project, Waltham Patch

One of Trump’s First Actions in Office? Stop New Energy Efficiency Standards, Greentech Media

Brandon Sorbom: Designing a fusion future, MIT News

Energy-efficient design, MIT News

School committee talks energy efficiency, Ricentral.com

New program looks to make Mattapoisett more energy efficient, Sippican Week

Environmental groups want more done on clean energy, mass transit, wwlp.com

Nuclear

Millstone Wants Access to Bigger Markets for its Electricity, Hartford Courant

Vermont Yankee buyer lobbies for feds’ blessing, vtdigger.org

State requests hearing on Yankee sale, Rutland Herald

Nuclear dilemma: Plants age, risks rise in wake of failed energy push, Columbia Daily Tribune

NRC to Discuss Pilgrim Inspection Findings Next Week, CapeCod.com News

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Trump picks Massachusetts native Cheryl LaFleur to lead Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, MassLive

Balsams developers says $2M loan not tied to support of Northern Pass project, Berlin Daily Sun

Connecticut Fuel Cell Microgrid Project Reaches Milestone, Microgrid Knowledge

Proposal aims to reduce utility tax bill, Seacoastonline.com

Study: Deregulated power markets save $3B annually, Utility DIVE

ISO-NE Scarcity Rules Unfair to Generators, FERC Says, RTO Insider

House again passes Kennedy’s energy rates bill, Fall River Herald News

Eversource Proposes $100M for Energy Storage in Massachusetts, Microgrid Knowledge

AG Healey speaks out against Eversource rate hike, GazetteNET

Needham residents push for alternate route for Eversource project, Wicked Local Needham

SPECIAL REPORT: Energy landscape undergoes major changes, Wicked Local Weymouth

Power plant would need 16k gallons of water a day, Johnston Sun Rise

Editorial/Opinion

U.S. Solar Energy Employs More People Than Oil, Coal And Gas Combined, (infographic) Forbes

Your View: What is fracking?, SouthCoastToday.com

We need an insurance policy for climate change, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Business Resolve On Climate Action Is More Urgent Than Ever, Forbes

Will Offshore Wind Continue To Grow Under Trump?, OilPrice.com

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Energy News for week ending December 23, 2016

Happy Holidays! We’re keeping our note short this week. This will be the last energy news of 2016, but we’ll be back in your email boxes on January 6, 2017.

Have a warm and wonderful holiday season.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Speakers in Grafton highlight risks of proposed gas pipeline, Worcester Telegram

Seekonk selectmen urged to join gas pipeline fight, The Sun Chronicle

FERC Suggests Spectra Energy Gas Facility Would Not Pose Cancer Risk, Based on Study by Spectra Consultant, desmogblog.com

Access Northeast on Pause at FERC to ‘Solidify the Commercial Foundation,’ Natural Gas Intelligence

Uncertainty over Spectra plans causes local concerns, Wicked Local Braintree

Greenfield gas line rupture sealed off, The Recorder

10 States Where Citizens Are Fighting Pipeline Projects, EcoWatch

Renewable Energy

RGGI’s Year-end Review: Climate Progress with More to Come, Natural Resources Defense Council

Las Vegas now runs completely on renewable energy, USA TODAY

New U.S. Offshore Wind Facility Planned Near Massachusetts, Power Engineering Magazine

Renewable Energy Sector Remains Optimistic Amid Trump Policy Outlook, MainePublic.org

Largest military solar energy project in Northeast breaks ground on JD MBL, Edwards Air Force Base, af.mil

Utility Green Mountain Power Wants to Help Customers Go Off-Grid With Solar and Batteries, Greentech Media

Solar Could Outpace Natural Gas for New Generation in 2016, Greentech Media

Why Maine’s renewable power remains a pipe dream, Press Herald

Wind Farm Off RI in Operation, Valley News

Franklin: Local charity receives solar system, Milford Daily News

PUC Delays Plan To Phase Out Solar Power Incentive, MainePublic.org

Local environmentalists troubled by Trump policies, Wicked Local Winchester

Why is corporate America picking wind power over solar?, The Guardian

Burlington Electric to buy power from Maine wind farm, Penn Energy

Maine regulators push net metering decision into 2017, Utility DIVE

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency Is Growing Jobs & Fueling The Economy, CleanTechnica

Craft Brewery Adds Energy Efficiency to Recipe for Success, vtdigger.org

State office complex gets energy efficiency upgrades, The Daily Progress

Greenwich Residents Commit To Energy Efficiency, Patch.com

Mullins Center embracing energy conservation in new renovations, The Daily Collegian

Massachusetts Announces US $11.4 M for Municipal LED Streetlight Conversion, LED Inside

State completes project at Plum Island plant, Wicked Local Newburyport

New Hampshire State Department Partners With Unitil And ConEdison Solutions On Energy Efficiency Project (press release), Investor Ideas

Nuclear

Pilgrim Back Online After Valve Repair, CapeCod.com

Proposed Vermont Yankee sale seeking state approval, The Keene Sentinel

Feds Consider Saving Nuclear Power By Slashing Regulations, Daily Caller

Plymouth: Decommissioning of Pilgrim Under Review, 95.9 WATD-FM

4 companies chosen to pursue nuclear waste burial test, PennEnergy

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Baker sets emission reduction targets, CommonWealth Magazine

A Community Microgrid that Beats Utility Rates: Bridgeport’s Story, Microgrid Knowledge

Bernardston residents express concern over new energy deal, The Recorder

Obama Blocks Offshore Drilling In Atlantic, Arctic Areas, NPR

AG eyes National Grid pay probe, Boston Herald

Work on power lines, fewer outages, Ridgefield Press

Yarmouth power plant installs giant battery in first project of its kind in New England, Press Herald

Power transmission line through Vermont wins federal approval, Brattleboro Reformer

Power-Plant Water Fight Intensifies in Woonsocket, ecoRI news

Healey urges DPU to investigate utility-company profits, Lowell Sun

Energy Project Faces Skepticism from a Town with a History of Taking a Stand, NH Public Radio

Rockland eyes electricity switch that could yield ‘substantial savings’, The Enterprise

Editorial/Opinion

Opinion: Must end energy gridlock, Burlington Free Press

Letter: Power plant just one example of state ignoring development rules, The Westerly Sun

An open letter to the Woonsocket City Council on the sale of water to Invenergy, RI Future

Northern Pass a rigged process? – Carl Lakes, Caledonian Record

The Trump administration should invest in offshore wind farms, Washington Post

The real price of megawatts, no matter the source, Monadnock Ledger Transcript

Maine can be a leader in solar energy, but rooftop by rooftop isn’t how it is going to happen, Bangor Daily News

Can New England steal California’s storage thunder?, Utility DIVE

Time To Clean Up The Solar Industry — Stop the Scams, Real Clear Energy

SITTING IN: New solar incentive program a boon for Mass. Residents, Wicked Local Marblehead

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Energy News for week ending September 16, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

As utilities ramp up gas, Enbridge play for Spectra highlights increasing value of pipelines, Utility DIVE

The Big Switch: As Renewables Boom, Sparks Fly Over Natural Gas, Rhode Island Public Radio

Gas Power Plant News: Town officials seek to dismiss application for power plant, PennEnergy

National Grid dealt blow with regional pipeline plans, Ricentral.com

LNG Storage The Answer, Developer Tells Maine Regulators, Natural Gas Intelligence

Spectra says faster-than-expected corrosion led to pipeline blast, Houston Chronicle

Vermont regulators approve pipeline through park, Penn Energy

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council opposes Burrillville power plant proposal, Providence Journal

Community meeting in Norfolk to focus on Spectra pipeline proposal, Wicked Local Norfolk

Renewable Energy

The Big Switch: New England Solar Surge Poses Challenges For Grid, Rhode Island Public Radio

Massachusetts pushes to brew up new green businesses to help fight climate change, PRI

New wind project owner arrives amid fight over proposed site in Moosehead region, Portland Press Herald

US plan for offshore wind energy: Jumpstarting an American industry?, Christian Science Monitor

Official talks up offshore wind power plants, Worcester Business Journal

The Big Switch: Does Wind Energy Have A Future In Connecticut?, Rhode Island Public Radio

Experts Anticipate Significant Cost Reductions For Wind Energy, North American Windpower

Maine PUC proposing to phase out incentives for home solar panels, Press Herald

The Big Switch: How A Local Power Project Disrupted A Powerful Utility, Rhode Island Public Radio

Solar power’s not just for roofs anymore: It’s being woven into fabric, Grist

Wilbraham celebrates completion of photovoltaic array, The Reminder

Energy Efficiency

Does spending more on energy efficiency cut rates?, New Hampshire Business Review

Rhode Island project aims to make home energy use comparisons easier, Electric Light & Power

Helping people save energy, Barre Montpelier Times Argus

UTC Receives $2.7 Million Grant For Battery Project, Hartford Courant

Energy grants awarded to 9 Franklin County towns, The Recorder

Nuclear

New mechanical issue keeps Pilgrim nuclear plant offline, The Patriot Ledger

Vernon seeks to replace losses after Vermont Yankee closure, WCAX

Sec. Moniz bullish on nuclear to help solve carbon dilemma, FuelFix

Is the Pilgrim nuke plant safe? Baker ‘would presume’ so, The Boston Globe

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Environmentalists urge state leaders to be more aggressive with pollution, WWLP

Bigger batteries could improve power grid, Gloucester Times

Vernon’s power production future debated, VT Digger

The Curious Case of a Climate Denier and a Utilities Conference, InsideClimate News

Northern Pass complex legal proceedings frustrate some opponents, NH1 News

Hudson Selectmen take official stance on Eversource, MetroWest Daily News

Residents raise concerns about Eversource project, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Eversource Energy Is Losing Power, TheStreet.com

Hanover Pond in Meriden drawn down six feet for hydropower project, Meriden Record-Journal

Rhode Island lawmakers push FERC to integrate state climate policies into regional pricing, Utility Dive

New Haven residents slam UI’s proposed rate hike, New Haven Register

Editorial/Opinion

Willem Post: Looking at Vermont’s energy future, vtdigger.org

Business Perspective: Energy prices zap business growth in NH, The Union Leader

Thomas Trimble: Power plant in Burrillville a bad idea, The Providence Journal

Nuclear power would meet sustainable energy goal, Mountain Times

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