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Energy News for week ending April 10, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Natural gas, wholesale power prices hit highs in February, Worcester Business Journal

Baker orders look into lowering electric costs, The Recorder

Guest Opinion: Addressing issues of gas leaks and pipeline replacement is critical in Massachusetts, Fall River Herald News

Quakers point to climate change as they walk along proposed pipeline route, Union Leader

Interstate pipeline project in CT approved by FERC, Fairfield Sun

Energy Efficiency

Boston University teams with National Grid to lower energy use on campus, Fierce Energy

Weekly Planet: Politics threaten energy efficiency, (Opinion) Rutland Herald

NEEP wins eighth consecutive Sustained Excellence Award, Fierce Energy

Maine businesses seeing energy rebates in a new light, Portland Press Herald

Renewable Energy

Solar advocates say cap on incentives is blocking projects, Wicked Local Falmouth

Maine governor: Wind power is too expensive, Seacoastonline.com

Maine’s largest solar project proposed for former Navy radar site, Portland Press Herald

Company to transfer Massachusetts offshore wind lease to Danish Company, SouthCoastToday.com

Regional Council Makes Case For Clean Energy In Rhode Island, Rhode Island Public Radio

High-efficiency wood heating systems winning converts, WNYT

Navigating the Sea of Approval, Biomass Magazine

Campbell announces new solar project at Pepperidge Farm in Connecticut, Power Engineering


Cost, reliability of Massachusetts’ electricity are at risk: Guest Viewpoint, MassLive.com

Planning commission effort seeks to address socioeconomic effect of VY closure, Keene Sentinel

Report on Pilgrim is fear mongering (opinion), Cape Cod Times


Filmmaker brings anti-Northern Pass documentary to Portsmouth, Seacoastonline.com

Construction crews pound in piles for new power plant, The Salem News

Why Have Our Power Prices Skyrocketed?, (opinion) Chelsea Record

Retroactive electricity rate hikes are worst in Western Massachusetts, MassLive.com

Tentative timetable set for project’s CPG approval, Rutland Herald

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Energy News for week ending March 13, 2015


Natural Gas/Pipeline

Kinder Morgan pipeline foes lawyer up; form regional non-profit, MassLive.com

Gas rate cut for Eversource customers, Worcester Telegram

As Winter Electricity Prices Jump, Mass. Debate Over Natural Gas Pipelines Heats Up, WBUR

Old System, New Solution?: Liquefied Natural Gas Could Be Pipeline Alternative?, WBUR

Several Southern N.H. Towns Vote To Oppose Natural Gas PIpeline, NH Public Radio

Energy company IDs shippers for natural gas pipeline, Worcester Telegram

RI Business Coalition backs expansion of natural gas pipeline, The Providence Journal

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency Case Study: Waldoboro, Maine, PenBayPilot.com

The $154 Million Question – Pipeline vs. Energy Efficiency and Renewables, Energy Efficiency Markets

Multi-State Efficiency Program Launches for Low-Income Housing, Greentech Media

‘Cleantech’ boosts the economy in NH, The Union Leader

Renewable Energy

Bellingham: EMC meets with Planning Board regarding solar farm, MetroWest Daily News

Newfound Voters Again Weighing Wind Restrictions, New Hampshire Public Radio

Connecticut rules in favor of Vermont renewable energy credits, VTdigger.org

Vermont House passes 75% by 2032 renewable energy mandate, Utility Dive

Solar Power, and Somewhere to Store It, MIT Technology Review (blog)

Baker administration to stick with Patrick administration’s solar energy goal for Bay State, MassLive.com

As Maine politicians dither, grassroots solar initiatives grow, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel


Nuclear Industry Must Remember that All Politics are local, Energy Collective

Coal, nuclear remain the backbone of our energy supply, (opinion) Keene Sentinel

Five Surprising Public Health Facts About Fukushima, The Breakthrough Institute


Eversource to sell power plants, says move will save customers $300 million, NH Union Leader

National Grid cable project gets underway in Salem, Salem News

Angry electric customers looking for accountability, wwlp.com

Nancy Marland: A state utility corridor opens the door for new energy development, Berlin Daily Sun

ISO New England warns of threat to grid reliability over gas supply shortage, Utility Dive

Fuel, Reliability Constraints for New England Grid, Electric Co-op Today

US Northeast power sector’s 2015 oil demand down 11% from 2014: ISO New England, Platts

With Mass. Off Track On Emissions Goal, Advocates Seek 1st State Carbon Tax, WBUR

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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


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


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 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


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


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


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


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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Energy News for Week Ending November 21, 2014

Natural Gas/Pipeline

New England power grid warns of winter natgas constraints, Reuters, November 20, 2014

Nashoba Valley Chamber CEO responds to Kinder Morgan Pipeline Controversy, Worcester Business Journal, November 20, 2014

Gas pipeline opponents look to new governor for support, Eagle-Tribune, November 19, 2014

Vermont gas pipeline up for debate in NY, WCAX, November 18, 2014

Energy Future: New England May Face Scheduled Blackouts Due to Poor Natural Gas Supply, WGBH NEWS, November 17, 2014

Pipeline foes meet in Fitchburg, vow resolve, Worcester Telegram, November 16, 2014,

Nuclear Energy

The future of the US nuclear industry depends on collaboration, Power Engineering Magazine, November 20, 2104

Entergy CEDF money to be spent on solar power, vtdigger.org, November 18, 2014

Before we close more nuclear power plants, we need a national conversation, Fox News, November 17, 2014

Renewable Energy/Efficiency

State Awards Last Small-Scale Solar Grants for 2014, ecoRI News, November 19, 2014

Major Step Forward For RI’s Offshore Wind Farm, Rhode Island Public Radio, November 19, 2014

Boston’s First Wind acquired for $2.4 billion, Boston Globe, November 18, 2014

Solar Energy Advocates Form New Coalition in Mass, National Journal, November 18, 2014

Clean Energy Collective to Develop 1.3 MW of Community Solar in Massachusetts, PV Solar Report, November 15, 2014

Markets/ISO New England/Grid/Policy/Etc.

ISO New England Releases Annual Regional System Plan, Breaking Energy, November 19, 2014

Land-based transmission project cheaper than undersea cable, Boston Globe, November 19, 2014

Northern Pass officials willing to bury more transmission lines, Concord Monitor, November 19, 2014

What’s On This Electric Bill, Anyway?, WCAI, November 20, 2014

PSNH president: NH electricity rates on seasonal roller coaster, Concord Monitor, November 18, 2014

National Grid project in Salem given go-ahead, The Salem News, November 18, 2014

Vt. utility launches new program to help customers track energy use, WCAX, November 17, 2014

Climate Change

Whitehouse to unveil proposed carbon tax legislation on Senate floor, The Providence Journal, November 19, 2014

Battle With The Sea: Change Is Here (Part 1), Rhode Island Public Radio, November 18, 2014

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Energy news for week ending October 10, 2014

Natural Gas

‘Not a lot of short-term relief’: Looming winter power price spikes, Bangor Daily News, October 9, 2014

Footprint power plant owner requests delayed opening, Salem News, October 8, 2014

Renewables are in New England’s future, but gas pipelines still needed (Editorial), Boston Globe, October 5, 2014

MPUC Staff Wants Evaluation Of Natural Gas Plan, WABI (Maine), October 6, 2014

Power cost increase going into effect despite plentiful natural gas inventory, Wicked Local Rehoboth (RI), October 5, 2014

Nuclear Energy

CHRIS DUDUCH: Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is safe (opinion), Brockton Enterprise, October 9, 2014

Uranium On The Brain: Inside The Vermont-Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, WGBH News, October 7, 2014

Reconsider nuclear power, (opinion) Brattleboro Reformer, October 7, 2014

Renewable Energy/Efficiency

Beverly officials, solar builder discuss several sites, Salem News, October 10, 2014

Energy code compliance investments could yield 600 percent ROI, Fierce Energy, October 9, 2014

Kerry: Address Climate Change Before It’s Too Late, NECN, October 9, 2014

US Industry Expects Tipping Point For Offshore Wind, North American Windpower, October 9, 2014

Markets/ISO New England/Grid/Misc.

Our view: Electric rate hikes, thanks to wishful thinking on energy, (Editorial), Salem News, October 10, 2014

Goodbye to Salem Harbor Station’s Stack 5, Salem News, October 10, 2014

Why New Hampshire could be the next state to take on microgrids, Greenbiz.com, October 8, 2014

Electricity Costs for Some Maine Businesses Expected to More than Double., Maine Public Broadcasting, October 7, 2014

Plan takes shape for power line under lake, BurlingtonFreePress.com, October 6, 2014

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