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Energy News for week ending December 8, 2017

Santa & Solar Panels | Energy Storage | Blockchain Investments

Holiday Alert: We’ve found a few stories with great gift ideas for the energy geeks in your life. Prices range from $30-50 for a thermal leak detector to $5,500 for a solar panel package and Tesla Powerwall that can handle the energy needs of an entire house, depending on where you live and your energy usage. The panels, combined with a 13.5 kilowatt-hour Powerwall might let you go off the grid, or sell power back to your utility company. Plus they offer protection against power outages by giving you days of backup.

And in more holiday season giving, 26 energy storage projects in Mass. are sharing $20M in grants to grow the energy storage market. WBUR reports these pilot projects represent a quarter of Massachusetts’ 200-megawatt-hour grid storage mandated target, set for 2020. The state currently has seven megawatt hours of advanced energy storage installed.

Finally, if you haven’t been paying attention to blockchain, a distributed, digital transaction technology, now might be the time. GreenBiz reports that as we transition to a decentralized, digitized and decarbonized energy world, blockchain technology may be the ‘missing link’ to spur on renewable energy investments.

As always, be sure to check out Northeast Energy News for more stories and events. Have a great weekend.

Green Gift Guide for Energy Geeks

Energy Adviser: Geeky energy gifts on a budget, The Columbian

HybridCars.com Green Holiday Gift Guide, Hybrid Cars News

Natural Gas/Pipeline

In Massachusetts, Protesters Balk At Pipeline Company’s Payments To Police, HuffPost

Kinder Morgan payments for state police details at nearly $1 million, Berkshire Eagle

Liberty Proposes Gas Pipeline To Run From NH Seacoast To Manchester, New Hampshire Public Radio

Narragansett Tribe plans to sue FERC over gas pipeline approval in Berkshire County, MassLive.com

As more elected officials call for resignation of CRMC chair, Governor Raimondo remains silent, Uprise RI

Community members protest gas plant, The Brown Daily Herald

Weymouth compressor review could take a year, state says, The Patriot Ledger

12 Anti-Pipeline Protestors Will Face Criminal Charges In Court, WAMC

PCBs, fracked gas pipelines endanger human and planetary health, warns author activist, theberkshireedge.com

Leaked PowerPoint Reveals The Gas Industry’s Playbook For Waging Pipeline Fights, HuffPost

Renewable Energy

Mass. Gives Out $20M In Grants To Grow Energy Storage Market, WBUR

The missing link for renewable energy investment? Blockchain, GreenBiz

Maine Utility: Our hydro project has lowest cost, Commonwealth Magazine

Surge of Carbon Pricing Proposals Coming in the New Year, MIT Technology Review

As Cape Wind dies, offshore wind picks up steam in Massachusetts, MassLive.com

Energy chairman Golden gets tour of Greenfield, The Recorder

CAS Scientists Develop ACES to Monitor Greenhouse-Gas Emissions, BU Today

Koch-funded network targets New Hampshire’s renewable energy policies, ThinkProgress

To-the-point: Avangrid touts best cost proposal in Massachusetts RfP, Renewables Now

Energy Efficiency

The Hidden Gem of Wholesale Energy Markets: Energy Efficiency, Energy Collective

A bipartisan message of clean energy progress, MIT News

Clean energy slashed in new budget, Yale Daily News

US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Rejects Energy Efficiency Restrictions, CleanTechnica

Nuclear

Millstone shares data with DEEP, PURA, theday.com

On 75th anniversary of first nuclear fission reactor, MIT stages tribute to seminal experiment, MIT News

Saudis invite US firms to develop multi-billion-dollar nuclear power projects, CNBC

Christie Hints He Might Sign Bill to Subsidize PSEG’s Nuclear Plants, NJ Spotlight

Weighing 75 years of the nuclear age, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

ISO-NE Preparing for Energy Storage Growth, RTO Insider

Eversource, National Grid Complete Transmission Line From Mass. To NH, WBUR

Aquarion Water Co. sale to Eversource approved, Seacoastonline.com

Energy fights loom in conference talks, E&E News

As grid modernization accelerates, which states are in the lead, and why?, Utility Dive

Massachusetts approves Eversource rate increase to help boost EV, storage investment, Utility Dive

National Grid to install back-up battery system as electricity demand grows, Nantucket Island Inquirer

National Grid report defends storm response, Gloucester Daily Times

Decision on Eversource rate hike drawing criticism, The Recorder

Why Mergers and Acquisitions Will Define the Distributed Energy Boom,, Greentech Media

One Trump Buzzword to Seal Fate of $700 Billion Power Trade, Bloomberg

Efficiency Vermont rates rise for residents, down for businesses, vtdigger.org

CMP touts its bid to build transmission line through Maine, Press Herald

ExxonMobil opposes ALEC’s attempt to fight EPA climate policy, The Hill

Rethinking the utility company as solar power heats up, PBS NewsHour

Editorial/Opinion

Cape Wind: A blown opportunity, Cape Cod Times

Sandra Levine: An innovative climate policy for Vermont, vtdigger.org

Who Will Fund Clean Energy? Familiar Faces, Bloomberg

Letter: RI Energy Challenge helps town, residents, The Independent

 

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Energy News for week ending September 22, 2017

FERC Priorities | Seaweed Biofuel | Green Hospitals

Happy Friday to All,

Commonwealth Magazine reports on a recent FERC ruling that signals the agency is “willing to take a more activist role in state pipeline battles.” In other news from our nation’s capital, the Department of Energy says US offshore resources could support enough seaweed production to supply up to 10% of the current demand for transportation fuel and they have awarded $22 million in grants to accelerate the development of seaweed as a next-generation biofuel. And for some good green news, the Boston Business Journal has a story on how Boston hospitals have made great progress in cutting greenhouse gas emissions–a 9 percent reduction since 2011.

Thank you for reading! Enjoy your weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Could feds pave way for new Mass. gas project?, CommonWealth Magazine

Gas leaks delay tree planting, Salem News

‘Lost gas’: Pipelines known to leak methane, Berkshire Eagle

Gas pipeline protesters turn up heat on FERC, Utility Dive

‘Lost gas’: Pipelines known to leak methane, Berkshire Eagle

Senate Bill Would Streamline FERC NatGas Pipeline Permitting, Natural Gas Intelligence
Hundreds Of Vertical Oil Wells Damaged By Horizontal Fracking
, OilPrice.com

Renewable Energy

Trump Admin. Pitches Seaweed For Biofuel-Powered Car Of The Future, CleanTechnica

California’s Plan for 100% Renewables Falls Flat in the 11th Hour, Greentech Media

Why Solar Advocates Are Crying Foul Over New York’s Latest REV Order, Greentech Media

After slide, prices tick up in latest RGGI auction, Hartford Business

Two RGGI offset protocols to bite the dust as states publish more details on proposed market changes, Carbon Pulse

Bill Would Commit Massachusetts To 100 Percent Renewable Energy, WGBH

Fishing industry takes more action against New York offshore wind lease, National Wind Watch

Deepwater Wind Installs Wildlife Tracking Station on Offshore Block Island Wind, Power Engineering

Boxford’s Municipal Solar Power Generation Facility, Valley Patriot

Oakham Farm Inspires Central Massachusetts’ 100 Percent Renewable Energy Goal, GovTech.com

Connecticut unions, environmentalists want more wind power, New Haven Register

Activists urge legislators to support ‘Green Bank,’ Greenfield Recorder

Fall River solar farm near North Watuppa Pond moving forward, Herald News

Canada has too much clean electricity. Anybody want it?, E&E News

States pick up the clean energy torch, The Boston Globe

Energy Efficiency

Six climate change solutions we can all agree on, Phys.Org

Blockchain: Coming to a Smart Building Near You?, Greentech Media

Derby Residents Can Upgrade To New LED Bulbs, Patch.com

National Grid gives King Brothers Dairy $120000 for energy-efficient gear, The Daily Gazette

Nuclear

Seabrook nuclear plant watchdog’s request rejected, Portsmouth Herald

Vernon seeks ‘unrestricted’ future for Vermont Yankee site, VT Digger

Tribes seek voice in nuclear plant cleanup, land restoration, Penn Energy

Dominion’s lips remain sealed on Millstone financials, Hartford Business

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Why utilities don’t move power lines out of hurricanes’ way, Vox.com

As Brayton Point taxes wither, residents say they’d be willing to pay more for some services, Herald News

Medway: Work begins on Exelon expansion, MetroWest Daily News

Harvard University: A Valedictorian of Microgrids and Distributed Energy, Microgrid Knowledge

Boston area hospitals cut greenhouse gases by 9% since 2011, BBJ

Upton selectmen seek cheaper energy, Wicked Local Upton

Changing Massachusetts time zone could improve health, boost retail sales, save energy, commission finds, MassLive

A ‘Tax’ Or ‘The Cost Of Pollution’? Mass. Debates Surcharge On Fossil Fuels, WBUR

Heating Prices Rise in Maine as Fall Weather Nears, US News and World Report

State committee says Northern Pass plans have ‘potential inaccuracies’, The Union Leader

Budget Crisis Leads to Proposed Electric Bill Changes, NBC CT

Worcester crew part of National Grid aid efforts in Florida, Worcester Telegram

Siting Board Denies Latest Appeal to Halt Power Plant, ecoRI news

ISO-NE Forecast Sees Flat Loads, More Solar, No Congestion, RTO Insider

Raimondo establishes a Chief Resiliency Officer to combat climate change effects, RI Future

Eversource says fewer people have lost power this year, cites system improvements, Concord Monitor

Editorial/Opinion

States pick up the clean energy torch, Boston Globe

Milton Eaton: Defending Vermont Yankee decommissioning, VT Digger

Hydrogen fueling stations central to CCAT-hosted events, Hartford Courant

Carbon fee is our climate ‘moon shot,’ and it’s well within reach, The Boston Globe

Our View: Global warming needs political climate change, Press Herald

 

 

 

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Energy News for week ending July 21, 2017

TGIF to all!  A few news items of note…

The Patriot Ledger reports Gov. Charlie Baker has broken his long silence on the controversial natural-gas compressor station Monday, ordering state agencies to review the Fore River project’s potential impact. Spectra Energy wants to build a 7,700-horsepower compressor on the river bank.

Construction has started on what is expected to be Maine’s largest municipally owned solar array. The one-megawatt solar array will be composed of 2,944 solar panels. Officials expect the array to generate 1.2 million kilowatt-hours of energy per year according to U.S. News & World Report.

Lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee recently voted to slash Energy Star funding in the fiscal year 2018 budget — an improvement over previous calls to cut the program entirely, but advocates say the impact could still be “crippling.”

Natural Gas

Baker’s review of Weymouth compressor station applauded, Patriot Ledger

Stepping up the pressure, Boston Globe

State to look into health, safety concerns around Weymouth compressor station, (subscriber content) Boston Business Journal

Gov. Baker orders state to investigate compressor station issues, Greenfield Recorder

Catholic nuns in Pa. build a chapel to block the path of a gas pipeline planned for their property, Washington Post

Unitil to expand natural gas line through downtown, Fosters.com

Pipeline Construction, And Protests, Continue In Sandisfield, NEPR

Finding leaks while they’re easy to fix, MIT News

Renewables

South Portland’s Major Solar Array Project Begins, U.S. News & World Report

New Hampshire law benefits biomass power production, Biomass Magazine

Record Demand Puts Popular N.H. Renewable Energy Rebate Program On Hold, NHPR

Federal SunShot program funds $5.5M in Mass. solar projects, (subscriber content) Boston Business Journal

California Leads Off: Now RGGI Must Grab the Climate Baton, Natural Resources Defense Council

Eversource rate case poses woes for solar projects, Patriot Ledger

Solar debate heats up again, Boston Globe

Falmouth ruling bolsters cause for neighbors of Plymouth turbines, Cape Cod Times

In New England, Cooperative Values Drive Solar Growth – Episode 41 of Local Energy Rules Podcast, Renewable Energy News

Brookline launches renewable energy program with opt-out system, Wicked Local Brookline

Bay State Wind Receives First Offshore Wind Site Assessment Plan Approval in the United States, (Press Release) Business Wire

Maine large-scale manufacturers eligible for energy rebates, Mainebiz

Energy Efficiency

House Appropriations Committee votes to cut Energy Star funding 40%, Utility Dive

Green Energy Committee: Lincoln residents complete 162 home energy assessments, Wicked Local Lincoln

Energy Efficiency Upgrades Illuminate Six Ion Bank Branches, Patch.com

Nuclear

EXCLUSIVE: Gov’t Red Tape Costs Every Nuclear Plant $63 Million Annually, Daily Caller

Washington, DC firm signed to dismantle Vermont Yankee reactor, Commons

US Finds ‘Apparent Violations’ of Security at Millstone, Hartford Courant

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Delays Push Burrillville Power Plant Toward Irrelevance, ecoRI news

More than 100 state legislators join opposition against Northern Pass, Concord Monitor

New Energy Alert Can Do More Than Save You Money, ecoRI news

Vermont regulators to examine grid modernization, Utility Dive

Options for Energy Storage that Aren’t Batteries, WCAI

Electric meter mistake costs Monson family big bucks, Western Mass News

Indigenous Community Airs Long-Standing Grievances at Northern Pass Hearing, NHPR

Footprint plant work extension to go forward, The Salem News

In Webster, Residents Weigh In On New Proposed Power Line, New Hampshire Public Radio

Quakers go on 60-mile pilgrimage from Portsmouth to Bow in protest of coal-fired plants, The Union Leader

Grid threats require ‘imagining the unimaginable’ — report, E&E News

Editorial/Opinion

Pilgrim closure requires oversight, not panic, Cape Cod Times

A lousy electric bill: Concord not on ratepayers’ side, The Union Leader

CMP chief: Lawmakers should sustain Gov. LePage’s veto of solar bill, Press Herald

Editorial: Bridging the gap of energy eras, Concord Monitor

Letter: Let Pessamit Innu speak on Northern Pass, Concord Monitor

Letter: Fight the power, Concord Monitor

Events

2017 Fuels Conference, Northeast Energy and Commerce Association, Marlborough, MA, September 27, 2017

Microgrid 2017 Conference, IDEA, MRC and Microgrid Knowledge, Boston, MA, November 6-8, 2017

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Energy News for week ending December 4, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Renewable Energy

Energy Efficiency

Nuclear

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

 

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Energy News for week ending September 18, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Powerful environmental group sues state over gas pipeline, The Boston Globe

PUC Staff Gives Nod to Plan for Electricity Customers to Fund Gas Pipelines, NH Public Radio

Kinder Morgan chief promises lower prices, (opinion) CommonWealth Magazine

Opponents work to prevent pipeline, Salem News

Gas pipeline under fire amid energy debate, Lowell Sun

State commission says proposed natural gas pipeline best solution for electricity costs, Keene Sentinel

Activists Say They Will Continue Trespassing At Spectra Energy Site, Rhode Island Public Radio

Natural gas expansion offers low prices, climate risk, UConn Daily Campus

Compressor station opposition in Weymouth gets Mass Power assist, Wicked Local Weymouth

Protest shuts down Essex (VT) pipeline site, Burlington Free Press

Energy Efficiency

Seth H. Handy: New lights, big savings, in RI (Opinion), The Providence Journal

Boston Medical Center aims to become city’s ‘greenest’ hospital, Boston Globe

Next Step Living partners with Millbury for home energy assessments, Millbury Sutton Chronicle

Going green — a seller’s advantage, Community Advocate

Renewable Energy

Vermont solar plan brightens green energy hopes, (Opinion) USA TODAY

Hopkinton solar farm gets OK, MetroWest Daily News

Falmouth zoning board orders turbine shutdown, Cape Cod Times

Report: Boom in VT clean energy jobs, BurlingtonFreePress.com

National Grid CEO: ‘Solar on the Rooftop Is Going to Be the Baseload, Greentech Media

Vermont city designates itself region’s solar capital, Press Herald

Waterville area targeted for residential solar electric systems, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Green mogul opposed wind farm off Martha’s Vineyard, blasts objectors in Vermont, Watchdog.org

Nuclear

Pilgrim Nuclear plant says it may shutdown, Boston Globe

Salisbury, Mass. selectmen join calls for Seabrook plant closure, Union Leader

Vermont Yankee begins long journey to ‘cold and dark,’ Commons News

Letter: Pilgrim’s safety, Wicked Local Plymouth

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

National Grid: Gas constraints lead to 21% winter rate hike, Utility Drive

Is Baker having a Cape Wind moment?, CommonWealth Magazine

A year in, Smart Energy program bright idea for most, Worcester Telegram

Your utility is about to get a makeover. Here’s why., Christian Science Monitor

Beaton: Hydropower data not yet available, CommonWealth Magazine

NH wants suggestions on what to look at in dealing with changes in the electric grid, Concord Monitor

More New England generation, transmission, pipelines needed: ISO:NE, Platts

Baker: New England Must Sacrifice to Lower Costs, RTO Insider

Locals will gather in Oxford to protest proposed CPV power plant, Monroe Courier

Concord’s Northern Pass subcommittee reconvenes today, Concord Monitor

National Grid bills carry winter jolt, Boston Herald

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Energy News for week ending September 11, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Crowd airs pipeline concerns to Senate president as energy issues converge, Politico

As US rushes to build gas lines, failure rate of new pipes has spiked, SNL

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern: Questions remain about Kinder Morgan pipeline, MassLive

Mayor asks FERC for pipeline meeting in Peabody, The Salem News

Judge abruptly halts hearing on gas pipeline in W. Roxbury, Boston Herald

New study supports Kinder Morgan Pipeline, wwlp.com

Energy company steps up lobbying for natural gas pipeline, Gloucester Daily Times

Pipeline needed before it’s too late, (opinion) CommonWealth

Gas leaks identified region-wide, Wicked Local Winchester

Renewable Energy

Mass Power Forward energy coalition launches advocacy effort in Berkshires, The Berkshire Eagle

Power change on Maine farms, Press Herald

Baker to locals: press ahead with solar projects, wwlp.com

The Debate Over Capping Solar Energy Incentives In Mass., WBUR

New England’s Biggest Wind Farm to Come Online This Fall, Power Engineering

Officials plan to take state park in Vermont off the grid, add solar power, PennEnergy

Massachusetts on target to exceed solar energy goals, amid debate over solar incentives, MassLive

North Adams ‘Cuts Cord’ at Solar Array Celebration, iBerkshires.com

North Adams to be 100 percent solar powered, WNYT

A bright future for roadside solar farms, Boston Globe

Big Solar Generates Concerns, Valley News (VT)

Community solar farms growing around Maine, Portland Press Herald

Local group pushes for solar power in Maine, WGME

Bitter Wind: A Town Divided Over A Controversial Maine Wind Farm, Yale Environment 360

Concord seeks bids for a solar farm, Concord Monitor

Growing NY wind power spurs proposal for transmission line under Lake Champlain, Utility Dive

Solar Project Atop Landfill Helps Vermont City Shine, waste360

Could your child’s uneaten broccoli help provide electricity?, Fortune

Nuclear

Concrete degradation forces call for closing of Seabrook plant, Eagle-Tribune

VY panel: Okay to disagree, Commons

Alarmists alienate the moderate middle, (opinion) Cape Cod Times

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

A cost of oil: New England winter carbon emissions climb as region turns to dual fuel, SNL

Charlie Baker seeks aggressive steps to address high power costs, Boston Globe

Baker defends push for hydro contracts, CommonWealth

How Massachusetts utilities plan to modernize their grids and rate designs, Utility Dive

Connecticut residents will join together in protest of Oxford power plant, Easton Courier

Forward NH Plan will benefit ratepayers, (opinion) Foster’s Daily Democrat

More of Northern Pass could be buried because of cable technology, Concord Monitor

Medway: Exelon responds to information requests, Wicked Local Medway

Energy Efficiency

Easton awarded $212500 in energy efficiency grant funding, Wicked Local Easton

State senators announce $12.5K municipal energy grants for Sudbury, Wicked Local Sudbury

Heat your home without wasting energy this season, Westerly Sun

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Energy News for week ending September 4, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

FERC extends comment period for Kinder Morgan gas pipeline; schedules new session in Rindge, N.H., MassLive

Berkshire Gas, Columbia Gas and National Grid gain approval for Kinder Morgan pipeline capacity, MassLive

Weymouth mayor blocks survey work for natural gas pipeline, Patriot Ledger

Why Connecticut Should Care About the Proposed New England Pipeline, WNPR

City opposes gas pipeline in West Roxbury, Boston Herald

Spectra Energy and Boston Going to Court on Sept. 8th Regarding West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline, Jamaica Plain News

Town wary of pipeline battle cost, The Union Leader

35 conservation groups protest pipeline in letter, The Keene Sentinel

Vermont Gas Systems proposes 3% rate decrease, (press release) vtdigger.org

Pipeline opponents plan big presence at Weymouth open house, Patriot Ledger

Energy Efficiency

Grants for Maine Infrastructure Projects Announced, WABI

Energy Efficiency Key to Helping States Address EPA’s New Clean Power Plan, Government Technology

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center commits to $30 million in funding for clean heating and cooling rebates, New England Real Estate Journal

William A. McCourt: RI businesses fear spike in energy costs, (Opinion) The Providence Journal

Renewable Energy

State: Clean energy industry supports 10000 jobs in R.I., The Providence Journal

Wood pellet boiler rebates available in Vermont, Biomass Magazine

Review Of Net Metering Studies Finds Utilities Underpaying for Solar Electricity, CleanTechnica

Where is our Seabrook of solar?, (Opinion) Foster’s Daily Democrat

Report: Renewable Energy Growing RI Jobs, ecoRI news

New RI Power Plan Embraces Renewable Energy, ecoRI news

Pat Hynes: Do not let state’s solar energy goals go by the wayside, (Opinion) GazetteNET

Report: NH lags the region in solar energy, New Hampshire Business Review

Utility hits pause button on solar plans in Windsor, Brattleboro Reformer

SunEdison withdraws application to build wind farm in Hancock County, Press Herald

Nuclear

Sweeping Retirement of Nuclear Power Could Make Obama’s Climate Plan ‘Impossible,’ Greentech Media

Nuclear Regulators Boost Oversight of Massachusetts Plant, AP/ABCnews

Funding announced for post-VY recovery, The Commons

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

New England governors talk hydropower with Canadian officials, MassLive.com

Hydro-Quebec, Eversource Energy Partner To Solve New England’s Energy Challenges, North American Windpower

DEEP seeks public comment on energy initiative, The Day

Massachusetts utilities lay out vision for the future of the grid, Energybiz

Power prices at historic lows, (Opinion) CommonWealth Magazine

BELD plugs new $95 million Braintree power plant, Wicked Local Braintree

Meet The Cable That Made Burying 52 Miles of Northern Pass Possible, New Hampshire Public Radio

Fairfield, Connecticut: An Early Leader in Microgrid Development, Microgrid Knowledge

Gov. Charlie Baker eyes Canada power, Boston Herald

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