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Energy News for week ending May 19, 2017

Happy Friday afternoon. This week I call your attention to some positive news stories.

First, we start with two stories about Boston. Electric Power and Light reports that Boston repeated as the top city for energy efficiency in the U.S., according to the scorecard released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy. On the cleantech side, the Boston Business Journal published a story that says Greater Boston is among the top metro areas nationwide for clean energy startups hoping to attract venture capital dollars, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution. Boston was beat out by San Francisco and San Jose.

Also on this warm sunny afternoon Penn Energy brings us a story from the Daily Hampshire Gazette, about a Northampton High School junior who is expanding his zero-pollution lawn care enterprise this summer. “This business isn’t a compromise; it’s the future of lawn care,” says Philip Hempstead, 17, who is entering his fourth year of operating ElectroCut Lawn Care. “It’s equal-cut quality, 60 percent quieter and zero emissions.” It’s a great story about a bright kid. Give it a read.

Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Reboboth selectmen back compressor station resolution, The Sun Chronicle

Fracking ban, compressor stations debated before environmental panel, Wicked Local Weymouth

Shrewsbury town meeting adopts resolution against pipeline; approves school budget with staff increases, Worcester Telegram

Fearing More Pipeline Spills, 114 Groups Demand Halt to Ohio Gas Project, InsideClimate News

US Bank Pulls Funds from All Oil and Gas Pipeline Construction, ColorLines magazine

Fracking is encroaching on US nuclear missile sites, general says, Washington Examiner

Renewable Energy

Tree-cutting turns sentiment against solar project in North Brookfield, Worcester Telegram

Offshore wind energy gears up to hook up, Cape Cod Times

Vermont wind power sound would be among quietest in country, Penn Energy

High school student goes all-solar with lawn care business, Penn Energy

Tesla and Green Mountain Power: Get Your Behind-the-Meter Battery for $15 a Month, Greentech Media

Boston’s clean tech cluster is third strongest in the country, says report, Boston Business Journal

Rhode Island Considers Plan to Streamline Solar Permitting, US News and World Report

Report: Trump DOE budget would cut renewables office 70%, fossil 54%, nuclear 31%, Utility Dive

Maine biomass bill postponed until 2018, Bioenergy Insight Magazine

An analysis of the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard, Windpower Engineering

Offshore Wind Planning Discussed at Falmouth Forum, CapeCod.com News

Offshore wind energy gears up to hook up, Cape Cod Times

Lloyd’s backs Dong in US, reNews

Swirling Controversy: Celebration, Concern Over Offshore Wind Power, NECN

The Big Green Bang: how renewable energy became unstoppable, Financial Times

Deepwater Wind Outlines Solar Farm Proposed In Simsbury, Hartford Courant

Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge Winners Announced, Builder Magazine

Under Trump, US less attractive for renewable energy investment, FuelFix

Kennedy helps commission 4.8-MW solar project in Falmouth, Energy Central

Energy Efficiency

Republican Governors Of Vt. And Mass. Call On Feds To Honor Paris Agreement, Vermont Public Radio

Boston tops, LA rises in energy efficiency ranking, Electric Light & Power

Keep Your Cool This Summer With Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Defense Council

Standing up for energy efficiency, Courier-Gazette & Camden Herald

Nuclear

Struggling Nuclear Industry Lobbies State Governments For Help, Rhode Island Public Radio

CT’s delayed energy plan could mean trouble for Millstone bill, The CT Mirror

VY suitor: plans are ‘highly confidential’, Commons

Nuclear plant in New Brunswick up for relicensing, Bangor Daily News

Amazon’s Clean Energy Procurements Should Include Nuclear, Say Advocates, Greentech Media

Meeting to focus on Vermont Yankee nuclear plant sale, Keene Sentinel

NRC maps out needs for nuke plant license extension, Newburyport Daily News

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Connecticut Siting Council Rejects 550-MW Gas Plant Construction, Power Engineering

CT sues EPA over transient Pennsylvania air pollutants, Hartford Business Journal

National Grid’s Smart Energy Solutions Program in Worcester, Mass. Achieves Strong Results in Customer Satisfaction, Retention and Savings, Press Release

Eversource Spraying Sparks Renewed Opposition on Vineyard, The Vineyard Gazette – Martha’s Vineyard News

Public divides over environmental regulation and energy policy, Phys.Org

Study Shows Why Trump’s Plan to Bring Back Coal Jobs Won’t Work, Greentech Media

Ex-coal CEO fresh from prison urges Trump to probe 2010 blast, Reuters

China Is Outpacing the US In Reducing Coal and Lowering Emissions, Futurism

Editorial/Opinion

Editorial: Region’s environmental activists stand their ground, The Recorder

Letter: Natural gas is not the savior the industry claims, SouthCoastToday.com

Curt McCormack: Bill protects energy efficiency standards, vtdigger.org

The RGGI program should work for everyone, New Hampshire Business Review

Protest Eversource’s usurious rate request, Cape Cod Times

Solar power worth saving in Maine, The Forecaster

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Energy News for week ending July 29, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Report: Expanding natural gas use will harm environment, The Sun Chronicle

Opposition begins to form to Somerset LNG proposal, Fall River Herald News

Power plants, happy with high electric rates, fight natural gas expansion, Press Herald

Environmental groups oppose natural gas in Rockland, WCSH6.com

Fracked Gas Protesters Lock Themselves in West Roxbury Pipeline Trench, Jamaica Plain News

New Power Plant Could Prevent RI Climate Goals, ecoRI news

Pipeline Expansion Threatens US Climate Goals, Study Says, InsideClimate News

Environmental groups decry natural gas conversion of power plant, New Haven Register

Natural gas plan worries Weymouth, Boston Globe

Renewable Energy

The DOE’s Path to an American Hydropower Renaissance, Greentech Media

Vernon farm takes ‘cow energy’ in a different direction, vtdigger.org

Lack of New England transmission ’tilts the field towards offshore wind’, Recharge

Work at first US offshore wind farm enters final phase, PennEnergy

Solar array to power Army National Guard facility approved, CT Post

Gov. Baker backs offshore wind option over Cape Wind, Taunton Daily Gazette

North American Leaders Pledge 50 Percent Clean Energy By 2025, North American Windpower

Solar energy program aims to educate Warwick residents, businesses, The Providence Journal

Newton, other municipalities continue moving ahead with solar, Wicked Local Newton

Officials tout latest solar project in Meriden, New Haven Register

$500000 Solar Energy Grant Awarded to Massachusetts University, Solar Novus Today

New Bedford hailed as a leader in renewable energy in the Commonwealth, SouthCoastToday.com

Environment Massachusetts Releases Report on Cape and Islands Clean Energy Efforts, CapeCod.com

LePage Proposes End to Solar Net Metering Program, MPBN

Energy Efficiency

Dover, Sherborn plug into energy efficiency programs, Wicked Local

New lithium-oxygen battery greatly improves energy efficiency, longevity, MIT News

Conservation group sues over energy efficiency settlement, CT Post

Milford Honored for its Energy Efficiency, Patch.com

Nuclear

Windham County renewables to get boost via Vermont Yankee, VT Digger

America’s Heat Wave No Sweat For Nuclear Power, Forbes

Candidates weigh future of Vermont Yankee, Commons

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Survey finds New Englanders worried about energy prices, WWLP

DPU-Eversource communications probed, CommonWealth Magazine

ISO New England says Northern Pass can interconnect with transmission grid, PennEnergy

Hearings end over question of need and savings in Burrillville power plant proposal, Providence Journal

New form of carbon capture actually creates power, rather than consuming it, Extreme Tech

New Hampshire to evaluate scenic impacts of Northern Pass power line proposal, Press Herald

Wood-pellet incentives boosted, Monadnock Ledger Transcript

Workshops scheduled in 5 NH communities on Northern Pass impact, NH1 News

Grid Modernization Plan in Massachusetts: National Grid selects Itron, Transmission and Distribution World

NHPUC orders Eversource to change how it allocates cost of new residential lines to homeowners, Union Leader

Fire at Block Island power leads to rolling blackouts, PennEnergy

Medway: Planning Board approves Exelon plan, MetroWest Daily News

Connecticut Council Signs off on 485-MW Bridgeport Harbor Project, Power Engineering

Editorial/Opinion

Massachusetts Letter, Environmental Progress

Guest Opinion: Keep existing nuclear power plants running, Fall River Herald News

My Turn: Transmission line burial isn’t better for NH, Concord Monitor

Carl Gustin: Don’t block regulators from doing their jobs, Berkshire Eagle

Keep solar strong in Vermont, Barre Montpelier Times Argus

Shame on enviro group, CommonWealth Magazine

No subsidies for gas pipeline projects, CommonWealth Magazine

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Energy News for week ending April 22, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Kinder Morgan shelves $3 billion pipeline project, The Boston Globe

Controversial Natural Gas Pipeline Plan Withdrawn, Hartford Courant

Locals cheer suspension news, The Recorder

Rosenberg: ‘Plan B’ needed after Kinder Morgan scraps pipeline plan, Boston Herald

Vernon Natural Gas Plant Off The Table After Pipeline Project Is Suspended, VPR

Natural gas essential to meet our energy needs, (letter) Cape Cod Times

Augusta natural gas leak nets Summit Natural Gas $250,000 penalty recommendation, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Renewable Energy

Wind Energy Gets Connecticut Printer’s Stamp Of Approval, North American Windpower

Editorial: Siting Solar Projects in Vermont, Valley News

Subsidizing solar power in Maine would cost us each less than $5 a year, Portland Press Herald

Maine passes bill to boost biomass industry, Biomass Magazine

Our energy future will get here – eventually, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Our Opinion: Biomass, solar bills both should be OK’d, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Offshore wind better bet than hydro, (opinion) CommonWealth Magazine

New energy study high on hydro, wind power, Sentinel & Enterprise

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency bill needs support, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Energy Efficiency: So Sensible, It Shines through Hyper-Partisanship, Natural Resources Defense Council

Energy Secretary takes part in RI roundtable, WPRI 12 Eyewitness News

Fuel Cells Will Power a Connecticut Community. Will They Work Elsewhere, Energy Manager Today

Nuclear

Entergy projecting big Vermont Yankee surplus after cleanup, VT Digger

Editorial: Wrong time to relicense Seabrook, Concord Monitor

Improving Pilgrim Station ‘a matter of pride’, WickedLocal Plymouth

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Gov. Charlie Baker: Kinder Morgan suspension makes passage of energy bill more urgent, MassLive

Supreme Court rules against state power plant subsidies, The Hill

An Energy Bill in Need of Fixes, New York Times

FERC OKs Changes to ISO-NE Retirement Rules, RTO Insider

Energy bill gives DOE greater power to fight grid hackers, The Hill

Protesters target National Grid in Massachusetts, 4 arrested, RI Future

Sudbury: Realtors protest Eversource power line project, MetroWest Daily News

Concerns raised over us of RGGI funds, Bloomberg BNA

New Hampshire co-op rolls out slate of peak management programs, Utility Drive

Harvard Law School Group Pushes Virtual Power Plants in Massachusetts, Microgrid Knowledge

‘Graceful transition’: ISO-NE’s CEO on how wholesale markets can ease decarbonization, Utility Drive

Column: Energy divide may lead to more, not less, price volatility, Gloucester Times

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Energy News for week ending February 26, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Gas Export Decision Stirs Debate Over Mass. Pipeline Need, WBUR

Healey pushes for delay on pipeline contracts, CommonWealth Magazine

Fight to save maple trees from eminent domain unites drilling supporters and pipeline protestors in Pa. town, PennLive

Rep. Mark: State should help towns with pipeline studies, The Recorder

New Hampshire bill resists Eversource bid to rate base gas pipeline investments, Utility Dive

Should Electricity Ratepayers Pay for New Natural Gas Pipelines in Massachusetts?, The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists

Eversource to continue gas expansion in spring, New Haven Register

Residents discuss possible pipeline health issues at forum, Eagle-Tribune

Eversource would add transmission lines through Needham, Wicked Local

Renewable Energy

Listen to what’s not being said about solar, CommonWealth Magazine

Incentives for solar energy get first look, The Providence Journal

Providence’s Deepwater Wind also banking on solar power, The Providence Journal

Program aims to bring solar power to low-income families, CT Post

Solar power can set us free (opinion), Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Lancaster Eyes Solar Energy, Seeing $25000 Annual Savings, New Hampshire Public Radio

Penalty in new solar rules called unfair to small producers, vtdigger.org

Survey shows 75 percent of Vermonters want more solar, vtdigger.org

Report: Officials Investigating Sen. Joyce’s Role in Solar Project, NECN

Offshore wind risks can be managed, says S&P, Business Green

Energy generated in New York to power proposed Vermont Green Line project, WPTZ The Champlain Valley

Maine utilities, solar advocates back new bill to replace net metering, grow solar, Utility Drive

Achieving Clean Power Plan targets well ahead of schedule, The Hill (blog)

Wood energy industry, hundreds of Maine jobs, at risk, Press Herald

Energy Efficiency

New model maps energy usage of every building in Boston, UPI.com

Rhode Island bank to shell out $25M in efficiency financing, Utility Dive

Norway co-op aims for net zero energy consumption, Mainebiz

Nuclear

ISO-NE: Emissions rose after Vermont Yankee nuclear facility close, Utility Dive

Nuclear industry in limbo after Clean Power Plan freeze, Utility Dive

Energy Department Considers Burying Nuclear Waste in 3-mile Deep Holes, AllGov.com

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Worcester smart grid pilot reports $1.25M savings, Telegram.com

One year down: National Grid pilot producing more than satisfied customers, SmartGridNews

CO2 Emissions Increase in ISO-NE, RTO Insider

Where Does Massachusetts Get Its Electricity? The Bay State’s Energy Scene by the Numbers, (blog) Union of Concerned Scientists

Dynegy, Energy Capital to buy Engie’s US power plants, Reuters

Medway: Exelon files site plan, MetroWest Daily News

Northern Pass interventions: a compelling story, New Hampshire Business Review

Medway Planning Board, officials ‘not impressed’ with Eversource, Milford Daily News

Will we ever stop using fossil fuels?, MIT News

Hudson residents urged to speak up on Eversource rail trail project, MetroWest Daily News

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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 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

Nuclear

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

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

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 August 21, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Project reveals 20,000 leaks in Mass. gas lines, Boston Globe

Gas pipeline could fill Danvers coffers, Salem News

Anti-pipeline group to hold first meeting tonight in Franklin, Milford Daily News

Local officials give cold shoulder to pipeline cash, Salem News

Our view: Ipswich River is key in gas pipeline fight, Salem News

Two National Energy Board-approved LNG projects hinge on U.S. permits, The Globe and Mail

More gas pipelines may not be the energy answer, (opinion) Boston Globe

Hingham rep faces criticism over Western Mass. pipeline bill, The Patriot Ledger

During moratorium consider energy alternatives, (opinion) Cape Cod Times

Report on New England Energy Winter Reliability Solutions Finds Proposed Subsidized Natural Gas Pipeline to be Unnecessary and Costly, (press release) GDF SUEZ Energy North America, Inc.

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency Instead of a New Natural Gas Pipeline for New England?, Energy Efficiency Markets

Debate on furnace efficiency heats up, Seacoastonline.com

Renewable Energy

Google launches Project Sunroof, a ‘treasure map’ for rooftop solar, Utility Dive

How Will RI Deal with New Federal Clean Power Plan?, ecoRI news

Renewable Energy News: Massachusetts energy delegation headed to Switzerland, PennEnergy

Grid funds wind links, reNews

South Portland zoning change makes way for solar array at Howard Johnson Hotel, Press Herald

RI Colleges Partner to Study Promising Solar Tech, ecoRI news

Here’s why the green energy movement is red, white and blue, Fortune

Nuclear

Reevaluate Seabrook evacuation zone, (opinion) Foster’s Daily Democrat

Editorial: Economic Fallout, Caledonian Record

Pay For Performance Rewards Reliability and Nuclear, yesvy blog

One potential loser in Obama’s climate plan? Existing nuclear plants, Vox.com

Carl Heastie stands up for common sense on Indian Point, New York Post

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

A Chat With Senator Angus King on Distributed Energy: ‘This Is Where the Future Is Going’, greentechmedia.com

Bowing to critics, Eversource revises plan for NH power line, Boston Globe

National Grid, Eversource take a big step toward modernizing the electric grid, Boston Globe

National Grid, Eversource file power transmission network improvement plans for Massachusetts, Masslive.com

Sean Brungot: My Comment to DOE on Northern Pass, Berlin Daily Sun

Revised Northern Pass plan calls for more buried lines, fewer poles, WMUR Manchester

New plan mitigates environmental impacts of Northern Passproject, vtdigger.org

Massachusetts DPU Ponders Who Can Be Solicited for Municipal Aggregations, Energy Manager Today

Medway: Exelon, conservation group battle in legal filings, Milford Daily News

Exelon proposes to purchase Millis water, MetroWest Daily News

LePage: ‘Liberal Policies’ to Blame for Maine’s High Energy Costs, Maine Public Broadcasting

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