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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


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


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


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


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


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

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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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Energy News for week ending August 28, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Another natural gas pipeline project proposed for the area, Worcester Telegram

Simply put, there’s no need for NED, (Opinion) Keene Sentinel

Pipeline caution best course of action, (Opinion) Boston Globe

Conway to Kinder Morgan: Cease and desist pipeline activity in town, The Recorder

For Many Along Pipeline Route, An Issue Of Jobs, Environment and Money, New England Public Radio

Along Kinder Morgan’s Proposed Route, A Fear Of Disaster — And Frustration with Debate’s Tone, New England Public Radio

Business and labor groups call for natural gas pipeline, renewables, Boston Globe

Map Reveals 305 Natural Gas Leaks in Milton, Patch.com

Decades-old pipelines leak natural gas across MA, wwlp.com

Fracked gas releases 8X more methane than previously believed, RI Future

Natural Gas Plant Proposal Pulls Rockland (ME) into Contentious Energy Debate, FreepressOnline

Efficiency/Climate/Smart Grid

Center for Sustainable Energy Opens New Northeast Regional Office, achrnews.com

Norwalk Promoting Energy Efficiency With LED Lightbulb Exchange, Norwalk Daily Voice

Many voices, one message: Climate change affects all aspects of our lives, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Panels Around Vermont Will Brainstorm Climate Economic Opportunities, Vermont Public Radio

Conservation days made easy, (Opinion) Worcester Telegram

Framingham Receives Municipal Energy Grant From Commonwealth, Patch.com

My Turn: Clean Power Plan helps drive innovation, (Opinion) Concord Monitor

Danvers Electric’s Peak Savings program begins to pay off, The Salem News

Renewable Energy

Are solar panels worth it?, Boston Globe

Take dams off rivers – but keep the electricity, (Opinion) Christian Science Monitor

Camden Hills High School to Lower Electricity Bills by 85% with Addition of Solar, FreePressOnline

Analysis: Outlook shifting for offshore wind farms, Press Herald

Lee and Lenox plan joint solar array to lower town electric bills, Berkshire Eagle


On 25th anniversary, Seabrook plant remains pivotal in nuclear debate, Eagle-Tribune

Vermont Yankee spent fuel storage issue comes before PSB, Brattleboro Reformer

Pilgrim Station: Nuclear plant back online Tuesday, Wicked Local Plymouth


New England governors will work to prevent higher energy costs, WWLP.com

Braintree electric officials make case for new power plant, Patriot Ledger

UIL offers $20M to customers if merger approved, Hartford Business Journal

Power cable project charges forward, with few complaints, The Salem News

Northeast Power Prices Dip as Demand Slides, Plant Boosts Output, Bloomberg

Massachusetts electric utilities prepare to issue refunds to customers hit by bill recalculation, MassLive.com

FERC denies permit extension; Collinsville (CT) license transfer request pending, HydroWorld

Despite Revised Proposal, Shaheen Still Concerned About Northern Pass, New Hampshire Public Radio

Powerful compromise: Northern Pass: Much to like (editorial), The Union Leader

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Energy News for week ending July 3, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

FERC sets pipeline scoping meeting: Will take comment on potential environmental effects July 29 at GMS, The Recorder

Feeling the ripple effect, Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Editorial: DPU falling short in protecting public interests, The Recorder

Algonquin files request to dismiss Dedham complaint, Wicked Local Westwood

Gas pipeline deal OK’d by PUC staff, The Union Leader

Marblehead representative targets pipeline funding, Wicked Local Marblehead

Energy Efficiency

Don’t Write Off Energy Efficiency. It’s Just about to Have Its Day, Energy Manager Today

Quick Energy Efficiency News…More Energy Efficient Modems Coming…National Grid Positions, Energy Efficiency Markets

Barriers Identified in Manufacturing’s Drive for Energy Efficiency, IndustryWeek

Energy forum highlights programs that help reduce demand, The Providence Journal

Is Uncle Sam Baking The Books On Energy Efficiency?, Forbes

Renewable Energy

Maine wind farm project breaks ground, Boston Globe

Granite Geek: Getting to 100 percent renewable energy, nhpr

In Massachusetts, groups push to bolster solar panel program, Boston Herald/Associated Press

Offshore wind still the best bet for clean energy, (opinion) Boston Globe

Nonsolar users bear burden of net metering, (opinion) Boston Globe

Environmental Winners and Losers from 2015 Session, ecoRI news

US solar output 50% higher than official figures suggest, report finds, pv magazine

A College in Maine That Tackles Climate Change, One Class at a Time, New York Times

How a tiny diesel-powered island is becoming a U.S. wind hub, GreenBiz

Sea Change: Challenge of climate change presents opportunity for new energy, Press Herald

Dave Solomon’s Power Plays: Durham likes its renewable energy, Union Leader


Vermont utilities seek more nuclear power from Seabrook, 80 acres of solar planned for Rutland Town, and more, True North Reports

Utility execs: FERC capacity rulings re ISOs, reliability not enough for nukes, electricitypolicy.com

Moving nuclear energy discussions forward, Atomic Insights


Connecticut utility regulators turn down Iberdrola’s $3B bid to buy UIL Holdings, New Haven Register

State criticizes federal review of Northern Pass historical impact, nhpr

National Grid readying to meet REV goals, Fierce Energy

Challenges Loom as New England Plants Retire, Electric Co-op Today

New England power prices drop to 4th lowest in 12 years, Hartford Business

NEPGA: Order Sloped Demand Curve in FCA 10, RTO Insider

Updated: City councilor sees power plant as win for Rockland, villagesoup.com

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