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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

Nuclear

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

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

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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Energy News for week ending May 15, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg calls for Western Massachusetts hearing on Tennessee Gas, MassLive.com

Reliance on natural gas: The pros and cons, Wicked Local Barnstable

Vermont Gas: Hinesburg Residents Save $677000 in the Last Year by Choosing Natural Gas, Vermont Biz

Sanborn: Building Guidelines for FERC, Eminent Domain, Patch.com

Major pipeline proposal continues to raise questions, WMUR Manchester

Pipeline proposal draws strong opposition in Weymouth, Wicked Local Braintree

Energy Efficiency

Critics say LePage’s energy bills would short-circuit efficiency efforts, Press Herald

PUC looks to establish energy-efficiency standard, Concord Monitor

NH clean tech turns to private investors, New Hampshire Business Review

Renewable Energy

State cap stalls Massachusetts solar projects, MassLive.com

Energy bill shifts focus to renewables, electricity, Burlington Free Press

National Grid looks to add renewable energy in Rhode Island, FierceEnergy

Hydro value strong despite natural gas boom, expert says, Rutland Herald

Report: Subsidize Renewable-Energy Output not Project Investment, ecoRInews

Voters put moratorium on solar plants, Worcester Telegram

Community solar farms can work for neighborhoods, (opinion) Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Benefitting from high energy costs, CT Post

Nuclear

States prepare for terrorist attack on Yankee’s spent fuel, Barre Montpelier Times Argus

While switched off, Pilgrim’s work goes on, Cape Cod Times

Murkowski mulls the future of nuclear at NEI conference, FierceEnergy

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Customers find ways to save energy via NatGrid’s Virtual Home, Worcester Telegram & Gazette

100 cement trucks to travel Salem streets as foundation work continues at Footprint Power, Salem News

Looking At The Possibility Of Having To Make Changes, Northern Pass Has An “Option.”, New Hampshire Public Radio

It’s time for a clean energy two-fer, (opinion) Commonwealth Magazine

Is Bernie Sanders the Best Candidate on Climate Change?, Mother Jones

Electric co. files with state to lower rates, The Recorder

LePage Wants Energy Policy Changes, Maine Public Broadcasting

NH congressional delegation asks for extension of public comment period for Northern Pass, Concord Monitor

Why LePage took his energy agenda to Congress, Bangor Daily News

Eversource proposes cutting Western Mass. electricity rates for summer, MassLive.com

National Grid reduces electric rates, wwlp.com

Summer Brings A Break From High Electricity Rates, WAMC

Paul Markwardt: More energy needed to power NH, (opinion) The Union Leader

New market assessment sees low summer power prices for US Consumers: FERC Staff, Platts

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Energy News for week ending April 24, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Columbia Gas seeks 7.5 percent rate hike, The Sun Chronicle

Pipeline Expansion Through Little Compton Pulled, ecoRI news

Baker signals support for expanded pipeline in New England, Boston Globe

Natural gas pipeline meeting held at Greenfield Community College , WWLP.com

Energy Efficiency

Friction surfaces over fixing costly Efficiency Maine error, Press Herald

PSB chair opposes freeze on energy efficiency charge, vtdigger.org

UML to spend $27 million on ‘green’ campaign, Lowell Sun

Shumlin touts new round of energy loans, BurlingtonFreePress.com

Cap-and-trade yields $99M for Connecticut, Hartford Business

Renewable Energy

McKinley Knoop: New windfarm will be boon for RI, The Providence Journal

Wood Pellets for Windham County, The Commons News

Maine Gets $100K Grant to Help Invest in Green Energy, necn

Vermont solar advocates push lawmakers to expand net metering, Utility Drive

National Grid takes Earth Day digital with #GridGoesGreen, Niagara Frontier Publications

Can the World Run on Renewable Energy?, Knowledge@Wharton

Grants Provide Energy Boost to Solarize Program, ecoRI News

Balancing Costs and Competition, New York Times

Boxborough solar forum illuminates initiative, Wicked Local Acton

Five hopeful signs global energy is getting cleaner, Christian Science Monitor

Nuclear

Biennial refueling outage begins at Pilgrim, Cape Cod Today

Obama should embrace nuclear energy, (opinion) CNN

Rare raptors nesting at Vermont Yankee, Brattleboro Reformer

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Northern Pass delay prompts investment adviser to downgrade its Eversource stock recommendation, The Union Leader

ISO-NE delays demand response integration due to FERC Order 745 uncertainty, Utility Dive

Anti-Northern Pass video targets Concord, Concord Monitor

Tim Horan: RI must focus on climate change, The Providence Journal

NH PUC launches investigation into soaring New England Energy Prices, Concord Monitor

NE Governors Agree On Need To Drive Down Energy Cost, NH Public Radio

Bidder Buys Defunct Claremont Incinerator for $1.63 Million, Valley News

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Energy News for week ending April 3, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Berkshire Gas announces moratorium in Amherst, Hadley, Hatfield and Sunderland, MassLive.com

Kinder Morgan signs pact with construction unions for gas pipeline work, MassLive.com

Alison H. Bowen: Is a new gas pipeline really the answer to high electricity costs? (Opinion), Daily Hampshire Gazette

Northeast Resists More Pipelines, Despite Higher Energy Costs, Huffington Post

Salem to hold public meeting with pipeline officials, The Union Leader

Porter: Fears of fracking may block needed Mass. pipeline, Boston Herald

Dave Solomon’s Power Plays: Mass. Gas moratorium adds to pipeline debate, Union Leader

Energy Efficiency

Maine Republican proposes fix to $38 million energy-efficiency error, Portland Press Herald

Massachusetts expands energy efficient grant program for farmers, MassLive.com

46% of Energy Efficiency Project Decision Makers Think Efficiency Projections are ‘Too Good to be True’, Energy Manager Today

Students learn lesson in energy efficiency, WTNH (CT)

Renewable Energy

Mass solar projects could soon reach a limit, Boston Globe

Peterborough solar array to be completed next month, The Union Leader

Wind power’s future depends on thinking smaller, Boston Globe

National Grid’s Net Metering Solar Cap Hit, CapeCod.com News

Ocean-based wind turbines, tested in Europe, may come to a coast near you, (Block Island, RI), Environment & Energy

Regional Report: Plainfield Biomass Continues To Rile Neighbors, Vermont Public Radio

New England power plants fight renewables plan, Argus Media

Nuclear

US Support for Nuclear Energy at 51%, Gallup.com

A path towards innovating nuclear energy, World Nuclear News

Climate Change

Environment Maine releases new report on climate change, WCSH-TV

Poll: Mass. Backs Policies To Combat Global Warming, But it remains a 2nd-tier issue, WBUR

Christine Muller: Expect more RI flooding as globe warms, (opinion), Providence Journal

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Group plans utility cable under Lake Champlain, Addison County Independent

Meeting with New England Delegation Fails to Sway LaFleur on Capacity Results, RTO Insider

Unknowns of Northern Pass project a main concern for Concord, Concord Monitor

Proposed Woburn-to-Wakefield electric line could yield $1.5M in annual taxes, Wicked Local Wakefield (MA)

Editorial: Push for power, The Providence Journal

Bond begins work at New Salem Harbor Station, Power Engineering

NH Electric Co-op, Liberty customers to see rate decrease, Power Engineering

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Energy News for week ending March 6, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Energy Company IDs Shippers For Mass.-NH Natural Gas Pipeline, CBS Local

Controversial Pipeline Project Receives Key Approval, ecoRI news

As New England freezes, natural gas stays cheap, Reuters

Nuclear

COMMUNITY COMMENTARY Coal and nuclear power are part of energy solution (Opinion), Foster’s Daily Democrat (NH)

NRC commissioners approve elimination of EPZ at Yankee, Manchester Journal

The Bottom Line on Nuclear Energy, The Energy Collective

Mitigating Climate Change (Opinion), Capenews.net

Energy Efficiency

Massachusetts surpasses energy-efficiency goals for fourth straight year, Fierce Energy

Let’s Get Real: The Energy Efficiency Industry Can Do Better, Greentech Media

Markets/Grid/Prices/Policy/Misc.

Power and prices weather the winter, CTMirror.com

Three big ideas from the MIT Energy Conference, Christian Science Monitor

Beyond the substation: How 5 proactive states are transforming the grid edge, Utility Dive

Brockton power plant meetings remain secret as lawsuit lingers, Brockton Enterprise

Electricity Market Manipulation in New England?, Energy Manager Today

Another appeal filed on Salem’s power plant, The Salem News

Power Plant Owners Argue Energy ‘Crisis’ Is Overblown, New Hampshire Public Radio

Renewable Energy

Start-up selling solar panels ‘in the cloud,’ not on your roof, Boston Globe

PUC Study: Solar Power Delivers Economic Return, Maine Public Broadcasting

Hancock Suing Berkshire Wind Over PILOT Payments, iBerkshires.com

Willem Post: Wood burning power plants in Vermont? (Commentary), vtdigger.org

Renewable-Energy Incentives Often Escape Low-Income Communities, ecoRI news

Solar Firms Expand As Rooftop Electricity Costs Fall Below Grid, Investor’s Business Daily

Connecticut Green Bank Helps Homeowners Go Solar, Patch.com

America’s First Offshore Wind Farm to Start Construction This Summer, InsideClimate News

The 3 best states for renewable energy, PennEnergy

16-acre solar farm proposed for city, Eagle Tribune

The new roadmap for the revival of offshore wind, Utility Dive

Cape Wind backs out of planned terminal lease in New Bedford, MassLive.com

Group Trying to Save Cape Wind Delivers Petition to National Grid, CapeCod.com News

Massachusetts utilities look to buy renewable energy to power 136000 homes, Boston Globe

Connecticut: The State of Future Greentech Innovation, Greentech Media

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Energy News for week ending February 27, 2014

Prices

Eversource aims to cut its price for natural gas, Boston Globe

People are frustrated with the electric rate increases, wwlp.com

Natural gas prices dropped, but for how long?, The Union Leader

No quick relief for electricity customers, Boston Globe

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Kinder Morgan reps field questions at gas pipeline open house, Worcester Telegram

Natural-gas plant on hold in Bridgeport, CT Post

Renewable Energy

Auction planned for idled New Hampshire waste-to-energy plant, Renewable Energy from Waste

Maine regulators to reconsider agreements for two wind-power projects, Portland Press Herald

Two New England Businesses and One Individual Recognized by EPA for Climate Leadership, RenewablesBiz

Somersworth solar project close to seeing the light, Fosters.com

Energy Efficiency

College Dorms in Energy Conservation Contest, Smartmeters.com

Is Home Efficiency Financing About to Eclipse the Solar Financing Market, Greentech Media

My Turn: RGGI is a good investment for New Hampshire (Opinion by Reps. Suzanne Harvey and Naida Kaen), Concord Monitor

Penny wise and pound foolish — followed by penny foolish, (Opinion by Rep. David Borden), Seacoastonline.com

Markets/Grid/Policy/Misc.

Woodbridge Town Buildings, Amity High to Get Electricity Backup System, Patch.com

Energy study: EPA’s Clean Power Plan will not jeopardize reliability of U.S. power system, PennEnergy

Spanish firm buys major Northeast utility for $3b, Boston Globe

Powerline upgrade will create jobs and revenue, Tewksbury Town Crier

Brockton mayor signs agreement with power plant developers, Wicked Local East Bridgewater

Governors in 3 New England states looking to expand renewable energy, natural gas capacity, Fox Business

Energy Startup Series: Gridium, Breaking Energy

10 Smart grid trends to watch in 2015, Smart Grid News

Nuclear

Opinion: Nuclear Energy Keeping the Lights on in the Cold, Breaking Energy

NRC takes comment on VY decommissioning report, Commons

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Energy News for week ending February 20, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Fuel Dealers Question Gas Pipeline Project, WAMC

National Grid joins gas pipeline expansion effort, WickedLocal Roslindale

Firms: Ratepayers Can Fund Pipeline, Valley News (NH)

There’s another solution to adding gas to the region, (opinion) Keene Sentinel

State Regulators Seek Balance In Meeting Customer and Natural Gas Utility Needs, Breaking Energy

Against fracked gas pipeline expansion plans, (opinion) Stratford Star (CT)

Andover residents demand more details on pipeline, Eagle-Tribune (MA)

Renewable Energy

Special Report: New renewable standard would revolutionize energy use in Vermont, VTDigger.org

Vermont Legislature moving to increase electric rates (opinion), Watchdog.org

Legal battle builds over solar payments, Wicked Local Brewster

Renewable energy faces close scrutiny at State House, Press Herald

DOI Offshore Wind Energy Lease Sale Nearly Doubles Leased Acreage, Breaking Energy

Energy Efficiency

York committee wants town to switch to LED lights, SeaCoastOnline.com

New National Furnace Standards Will Save Consumers Money, but Stronger Standards Could Save Even More, Energy Efficiency Markets

Nuclear

Pilgrim nuclear plant back online after weekend storm, Cape Cod Times

Much needed nuclear market reforms taking shape, Fierce Energy

Markets/Grid/Policy/Misc.

Is there enough heating fuel? Fuel supply, costs and safety issues answered, MassLive.com

Eversource execs reaffirm support for Northern Pass after meeting, The Union Leader

Merrimack Valley Reliability Project: National Grid steps up communication with town, Woburn Daily Times

National Grid will keep lights on for Point Gloria residents, Fall River Herald News

Utility proposes transmission line project, The Valley Dispatch

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Energy News for week ending January 9, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

A warning on natural gas, Commonwealth Magazine

Hassan calls for more natural gas supply, CT Post

City Council to address proposed NStar rate hike, SouthcoastToday.com

Vermont Gas slows second phase of pipeline extension, VTdigger.org

Pipeline opponents ready for next battle, Danbury News Times

Massachusetts report sparks natural gas debate in Maine, WMTW Portland

Renewable Energy

Grid Batteries for Wind, Solar Find First Customers, MIT Technology Review

Temporary wind power ban on Orland ballot, Ellsworth American

Cape Wind’s future called into question, Boston Globe

Cape Wind Project Dealt Major Setback, NECN

National Grid Expands on the Solar Option, Worcester Telegram

Solar outlook: Conditions for “going solar” in 2015 are potentially the best they’re going to be, New England Real Estate Journal

Energy Efficiency

New, energy-efficient headquarters for the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Community Advocate

Eastern Slope Inn looks at the big picture, NHBR.com

Massachusetts Utility Coalition Offers Appliance Recycling Program, waste360

MASS AUDUBON: ‘Make the switch’ to cleaner energy, Wicked Local Sharon

Nuclear

Nuclear Energy Facilities Going Strong to Counter Arctic Deep Freeze, Globe Newswire (press release)

PILGRIM NUCLEAR POWER STATION: Dry cask transfer begins, Old Colony Memorial

VERMONT YANKEE: If a nuclear plant closes in Vermont does it matter in Plymouth?, Old Colony Memorial

Another Reactor Closes, Punctuating New Reality for US Nuclear Power, National Geographic

Prices

Purchasing group seeks lower electric rates, Barnstable Patriot

Spend your gas savings on rising electric bills, Boston Globe

Low Price was a Scam; Just Energy Pays $4 Million Settlement, WHAV.net

NStar to Return Almost $45M to Customers, NECN

Markets/Grid/Policy/Misc.

Say Goodbye To Northeast Utilities. Its New Name: Eversource Energy, Hartford Courant

New transmission line to deliver power from Maine to New England, Fierce Energy

Diverging Views on the Future of New England’s Energy System, WGBH News

Widespread Hydro-Québec outage fuels concern over future reliability in N.H., Concord Monitor

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Energy news for week ending December 12, 2014

Natural Gas/Pipeline

New England utilities struggle with lack of gas infrastructure, Utility Drive

Utility leaders: We need natural gas pipeline to contain electricity prices, Concord Monitor

Economic Development Council in favor of increased natural gas capacity in New England, MassLive.com

Natural gas pipeline part of regional response to energy shortage, The Keene Sentinel

Kinder Morgan Officially Moves Preferred Pipeline Route To N.H., New Hampshire Public Radio

In face of opposition, company to reroute gas pipeline, Boston Globe

Renewable Energy

Malloy’s Billion-Dollar Clean Energy Push Weathers Federal Court, Hartford Courant

Patrick makes a push to help hydropower, Boston Globe

PSNH marks 8 years of biomass unit, York County Coast Star

Massachusetts Public Housing Leverages SunEdison Solar PPAs for Big Savings, The Energy Collective

Baker urged to continue solar energy support, Worcester Business Journal

Report: Vermont not on track to meet renewable energy goals, VTDigger.org

White House Names Montpelier ‘Climate Action Champion’, Vermont Public Radio

Solar Storm: Rooftop Panels Spark Fights Between Homeowners and Utilities, RI Public Radio

Maine’s high court hears appeal over Vinalhaven wind turbine noise, Portland Press Herald

National Grid, Anbaric plan to deliver more green power, wwlp.com

DOI Schedules Wind Energy Lease Sale Offshore Massachusetts, Breaking Energy

Maine Tabbed As Blueprint For Renewable Energy, WABI

Energy Efficiency

Boston hospitals cut energy use as they expand, Boston Globe

Saving Energy in Boston: What the City’s ‘DNA’ Reveals, Energy Efficiency Markets

Nuclear

Back to the Future: Advanced Nuclear Energy and the Battle Against Climate Change, Brookings Institute Essay

Ex-governor to Vt. Yankee: ‘You done good’, (opinion) Stowe Today (VT)

Practicality is more idealistic than NIMBYism (opinion), Cape Cod Times

Smart Grid

From Digital Picture Frames to Demand Response Controllers, a New Approach to the Energy-Smart Home, Greentech Media

Power Savings of Smart Meters Prove Slow to Materialize, New York Times

Markets/Prices/Grid/Policy/Misc.

Northeast Wholesale Power Drops as Demand on Grid Falls, Businessweek

RI regulators to consider spreading out cost of proposed 23.6-percent electric rate increase, Providence Journal

Toward a clean energy future (opinion), Worcester Telegram

National Grid Warns of Utility Bill Scam, Patch.com

US OK’s delay for Footprint Power at Salem Harbor, The Salem News

Power line promises Vt. $298M, Rutland Herald

 

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Energy news for week ending December 5, 2014

Energy Efficiency

OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Energy-efficiency bill rises from the dead, The Hill

Why Top-Down Efficiency Programs Are So Expensive and What We Can Do About it, Greentech Media

Energy Efficiency Case Study: Cushing, Maine, Boothbay Register

Green Sense: Being Thankful for Energy Efficiency, Wicked Local Stoneham

Improving Energy Efficiency, One House and One Business at a Time, WGBH (NPR)

Mass. offers $2.6m in rebates for efficient heating systems, Boston Globe

Springfield, Palmer, Belchertown recognized for energy reduction, MassLive

Electric Company Uses Tree Lighting to Promote Efficiency, WHAV News

Natural Gas/Pipeline

West Roxbury gas pipeline alarms residents, Metro.us

Feds OK shale gas line to New York, New England, Salt Lake Tribune

Gas, pipeline companies make pitch to chamber members, The Recorder

Rick Holmes: Problems in the pipelines, Wicked Local Westport

Area businesses briefed on Tennessee Gas Pipeline, GazetteNET

Protesters decry closed-door pipeline meeting, The Recorder (Greenfield, MA)

National Grid halts gas hookups on much of Cape, Capecodonline

Nuclear

Johnson/My Turn: Our Energy Future (opinion), Recorder (Greenfield)

U.S. Nuclear Plants Squeezed by Cheap Gas, Uranium Costs, Bloomberg Businessweek

It’s Time the U.S. Deals With Its Nuclear Waste, Wall Street Journal

Renewable Energy

Can the U.S. Energy Sector Be Mostly Green in 10 Years?, Knowledge@Wharton

Green Mountain Power wins B Corp designation, Utility Dive

Environment Maine pushes for wind energy, WCSH-TV

SunCommon installs 1000th home solar system, Vermont Biz

Lifting State Limits on Local Power, PV Solar Report

Heat your home with cold air? Meet the new heat pumps, BurlingtonFreePress.com

New law will make renewable energy heating cheaper, MassLive.com

Markets/Prices/Grid/Policy/Misc.

Utilities Say EPA Carbon Plan May Put Reliable Power at Risk, Bloomberg Businessweek

Advice for Charlie Baker: The environment (Opinion), Boston Globe

Midterm results point to more land mines ahead for embattled Northern Pass line, eenews.net

NJ co. fires up plans for Methuen power plant, Boston Herald

Sticker shock awaits for 2015 Maine electricity rates, Bangor Daily News

Maine heating prices continue decline, CT Post

Salem looks to cut electric costs by purchasing power, The Salem News

New England generators want demand response banned from capacity markets, Utility Dive

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