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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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Energy News for week ending June 12, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Medway residents oppose Exelon project, MetroWest Daily News

Is a new pipeline really needed?, The Recorder

Noisy neighbor? For many, compressor station becoming a hot-button issue, The Recorder

Environmental issues at forefront of concerns over pipeline, The Recorder

Pipeline review process leaves room for public involvement, The Recorder

‘Highway for fracked gas is a punch in the gut’, (opinion) Monadnock Ledger Transcript

Pipeline Opponents Want More Than Dismissal For Phase Two, Vermont Public Radio

New midstream gas capacity key to RGGI future, Argus Media

Pro-gas pipeline group makes regional push with new TV ad , WMUR Manchester

UMass report details impact of Tennessee Gas Pipeline on environmentally sensitive areas in Franklin County, Daily Hampshire Gazette

More energy yes, but keep it safe, (opinion) Lowell Sun

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency Case Study: Rockport, Maine, Wiscasset Newspaper

Utilities offer incentives to improve energy efficiency in rental housing, VTDigger.org

Sen. Hill introduces energy efficiency bill, York County Coast Star

Amendment rededicates some NH RGGI money for energy conservation, NH Business Review

Residents seek energy efficiency help, Seacoastonline.com

New Energize Connecticut Center in North Haven part efficiency resource, part fun, New Haven Register

Renewable Energy

Vermont governor signs renewable energy bill, CT Post

ISO-NE: Renewables are driving up capacity market prices, Utility Dive

Proposed Solar Farm Generates Controversy In Woodstock, Vermont Public Radio

Opinion: Kudos to Stowe on solar vote, (opinion) BurlingtonFreePress.com

Power Broker: Under Neale Lunderville, Little Burlington Electric Plans Big, Seven Days (VT)

Solar advocates seek to end caps on sales of sun-generated electricity to Massachusetts utilities, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Maine lawmakers propose groundbreaking way out of net metering wars, Utility Drive

Offshore Wind Power: New Technologies, WVTF

Amid uncertainty, Mass. solar industry grows more slowly, Boston Globe

Nuclear

Nuclear must be part of U.S. energy future, Power Engineering

RICHARD JANUARY, Jaffrey, NH: Pilgrim is essential to NE’s energy needs, (opinion) Patriot Ledger

YOUR VIEW: Cape Cod Bay Watch wrong about Vermont Yankee, (opinion) Wicked Local Plymouth

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

National Grid discussing plans to rebuild Somerset substation, Wicked Local Somerset

U.S. Northeast Power Falls as Mild Weather Cuts Electricity Use, Bloomberg

Grid-feeding battery system of the future humming in Boothbay, Press Herald

Shumlin Signs VT Energy Bill, Valley News

Winter electric costs down while rates were up, Fall River Spirit

Northern Pass Opponents Plan For The Next Phase, New Hampshire Public Radio

America’s Next Economic Boom Could Be Lying Underground, RI Public Radio

A Smart Grid Pilot: Early Findings at AESP Spring Meeting, Intelligent Utility

More consumers switching electricity suppliers, but good deals are rare, Boston Globe

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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 week ending January 16, 2015

Smart Grid

Worcester smart grid up and running as National Grid launches pilot program, MassLive.com

Massachusetts announces $18m for microgrids and energy storage facilities, GreentechLead.com

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Split Dracut board OKs resolution opposing gas pipeline, Lowell Sun

Natural Gas: Bridge Fuel and Polluter, EcoRI.org

Massachusetts needs more natural gas pipeline capacity to meet future needs, says report, MassLive.com

Vermont Gas’ new CEO vows better communication, VTdigger.org

New Hampshire will not benefit from pipeline plan, (opinion) Cabinet.com

Renewable Energy

National View: Tilting at turbines, SouthcoastToday.com

Solar projects go online at 3 state prisons, Rutland Herald

Wind energy shifts direction, Boston Herald

Energy Efficiency

Cape Light Compact provides LED streetlights, Cape Cod Times

Boston hospitals reduce energy use, emissions in first three years of initiative, Boston Business Journal

Nuclear

Transfer of spent fuel rods begins at Plymouth nuclear plant, Cape Cod Times

Dry casks for spent fuel couldn’t be any safer (opinion), Cape Cod Times

Markets/Prices/Policy/Misc.

Maine Welcomes Plunging Energy Prices, But Will They be Short-Lived?, MPBN News

Massachusetts Energy Policy is about to Get Interesting…as if it Weren’t Already, Energyefficiencymarkets.com

It’s time for answers to state’s energy crunch (opinion), Lowell Sun

Six Charges in MA That Make Your Electric Bill More Expensive, GoLocalWorcester

Electric Rate Hike Means Millions More in RI Tax Revenues, GoLocalProv

FERC: ISO-NE may integrate demand response into wholesale markets, Utility Dive

National Grid Donates $155000 to United Way to Help With Fuel Costs, GoLocalWorcester

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Energy news for week ending December 19, 2014

Natural Gas/Pipeline

John G. Edwards: National Grid increase is the result of pipeline capacity, Providence Journal

Citing Health Risks, Cuomo Bans Fracking in New York State, New York Times

Town Meeting may take stand on pipeline; New route spares most protected land, Andover Townsman

Residents protest proposed natural gas pipeline in Mason Saturday, WMUR Manchester (NH)

The Increased Demand For Natural Gas And New England’s Power Grid, New England Public Radio

Renewable Energy

Vermont solar installations up 58 percent, BurlingtonFreePress.com

National Grid set to build 19 solar power facilities in Mass., Boston Globe

Solar firm agrees to pay $175K to Holliston for cutting down trees, Metrowest Daily News

Navy drops wind power plan for Naval Station Newport in favor of solar panels, The Providence Journal

National Grid looking at two Attleboro sites as possible locations for solar panels, Attleboro Sun Chronicle

State eyes changes in renewable energy accounting, Rutland Herald

Maine lagging behind in solar energy, WCSH-TV

2015: The Year Wind Power Moves Offshore, Popular Science

Energy Efficiency

In Defense of Massachusetts: Why the Bay State Is leading in efficiency, GreenTech Media

A Report on Energy Efficiency at America’s Utilities, Natural Resources Defense Council (blog)

The Future of Demand Response: How a Legal Challenge could Dramatically Change the Industry, GreenTech Media

Nuclear

Pipeline And Nuclear Shortages Send New England’s Utility Bills Soaring, Forbes.com

Officials consider Vermont Yankee replacement, BurlingtonFreePress.com

Nuclear power can help slow Nuclear power can help slow global climate change, (opinion) Brattleboro Reformer

Markets/Prices/Grid/Policy/Misc.

Donnelly: Who’s afraid of rolling blackouts? massterlist.com

National Grid’s Sustainability Hub gathers customers and community, Intelligent Utility

Even Before Long Winter Begins, Energy Bills Send Shivers in New England, New York Times

Costs to ratepayers pile up, but who’s listening?, (opinion) New Hampshire Business Review

Can municipal electric utilities cut our electricity bills?, (opinion) Worcester Telegram

Patrick announces energy plan, grants for military bases including Natick Labs, Wicked Local Natick

Infrastructure issues simply are not optional, (opinion) New Hampshire Business Review

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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 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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