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Energy News for week ending May 18, 2018

Smart Meters Rejected | Contentious Bills | Going Haywire

 

TGIF

This week we begin with a story from Greentech Media that follows-up to last week’s grid mod announcement in Massachusetts. Digging a little deeper into the smart meter portion of the order they write, “Massachusetts regulators see a future in which customers are leaving investor-owned utilities for municipal aggregators and competitive third-party suppliers, and they aren’t sure how to fit mass-market smart meter deployments into that future. Last week, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) issued an order that ‘declined to preauthorize any customer-facing investments’ — that is, smart meter deployments.” The reasons according to the article, “it found several weaknesses in each utility’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) business case, based on a combination of two unusual factors prevailing in the state. First, all these utilities have already deployed simpler automated meter reading systems, which have already allowed each utility to achieve the significant meter-reading savings that account for a big chunk of the AMI business case.” And second, is the inability to tap into a constant stream of data to enable real time rates, “The problem is that each utility customer that switches to a non-utility energy provider is no longer part of each utility’s list of prospective time-varying rate (TVR) adopters, even though the utility paid for the smart meter that made them available.”

In NH, three “contentious” renewable energy bills are on their way to Governor Sununu’s desk. From the NH Business Review, “New Hampshire’s renewable industry will get a boost – though at a possible cost to ratepayers – if three bills passed last week by lawmakers are signed into law by Gov. Chris Sununu. Senate Bill 446… (increases) fivefold the size of projects that would qualify for net metering…SB 446 would extend the upper limit from 1 megawatt to 5 megawatts, allowing large businesses, municipalities and even small hydro generators to take advantage of it, paving the way for much larger renewable energy projects…SB 365…would require Eversource to pay 80 percent of the default rate to six wood-burning plants for three years…and SB 577, which would continue the current subsidized rate for the Burgess BioPower plant in Berlin.” When it comes to Bill 446, “Critics, including utilities and some business groups, claim that generators are paid too much for the power, and this amounts to a subsidy paid for by other ratepayers. Advocates say that renewable energy saves money on distribution and generation costs.” Other concerns include in increase in rates that could jeopardize manufacturing jobs in the state.

If you’re in need of an excuse for why you’re late; or bummed out that you showed up early for work one day – blame the power grid. From the AP, “Your electric clock might be running a bit cuckoo. Because of a change in federal energy regulations, some scientists say your trusty, older plug-in clock may be losing or gaining a few ticks over time…Electric clocks keep time based on the usually stable and precise pulses of the electric current that powers them. In the U.S., that’s 60 hertz (cycles per second). In the past, regulators required power companies to immediately correct the rate if it slipped off the mark. But that precision is expensive to maintain, so last year, the correction part was quietly eliminated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission…The changes could be just matters of seconds and all but unnoticeable, but the time could drift by as much as seven and a half minutes between time changes in March and November, when people reset their clocks, according to a study conducted by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the U.S. Naval Observatory.” Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

As always you can find events at Northeast Energy News. Have a great weekend.

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Kulik: Pipeline resistance strong in House, CommonWealth magazine

Pipeline protesters shut down City Council subcommittee meeting (VIDEO), Lowell Sun
Fall River City Council condemns water deal with Invenergy, opposes plant construction
, Uprise RI

Another skirmish in the pipeline wars, CommonWealth magazine

How Trump’s EPA Is Moving to Undo Fracking Wastewater Protections, EcoWatch

Gas leaks near schools: Wellesley School Committee contacts National Grid, Wicked Local

500 Greenpoint Locals Wait Days For National Grid To Restore Gas, Patch.com

 

Renewables Policy/Climate Change/RGGI

CT Slapped With Lawsuit Over Raid Of Clean Energy Funds, Solar Industry

3 contentious renewable energy bills head to governor’s desk, NH Business Review

On Cape Cod, Tides Could Become A Renewable Energy Source, wgbh.org

IBM joins forces with a start-up to combine crypto with environmental credit trading, CNBC

Why a 100-year-old Indian company is investing billions into renewable energy, Quartz

Americans want more clean energy. Here’s what they’re actually willing to do to get it, CNBC

Portland’s Casco Bay High School hopes to become ‘greenest’ in Maine, The Forecaster

U.S. Department of Energy announces funding opportunity for marine energy R&D, Renewable Energy World

Clean energy future the focus of Worcester environmental forum, Telegram

If Solar and Wind Hit 50% of Generation, US Wholesale Energy Prices Could Fall 25% or More, Greentech Media

New York proposes strict carbon emission limits for existing power plants, Utility Dive

NYSERDA Announces $10 Million Available to Launch New Cleantech Accelerator, NA Clean Energy

Greentown Labs and Schneider Electric Announce the Greentown Labs Bold Ideas Challenge, NA Clean Energy

 

Wind

Brayton Point chosen for wind turbine foundation factory, Herald News

High values are blowing in offshore winds; policymakers may need more, Utility Dive

World’s largest offshore wildlife aerial survey off NY’s coast halfway complete, Windpower Engineering (press release)

Offshore wind developer eyeing potential of South Brooklyn shipping hub, Offshore Wind Journal

Winning the battle to reduce the cost of offshore wind, Maritime Journal

State’s high court shoots down appeal against Antrim Wind; project can go forward, Keene Sentinel

Union official backs Bay State Wind, CommonWealth Magazine

 

Solar

Solar activists lobby for legislative attention, Sentinel and Enterprise

Solar Power: ‘Clear and Present Danger’ to RI’s Forests, ecoRI news

Sunrun Boosts Revenue 37%, Expands Partnership With National Grid, Greentech Media

RI Company Develops Solar-Powered Refrigeration System For Tractor-Trailers, Rhode Island Public Radio

CESA honors six states for clean energy excellence, Solar Power World

68-acre solar installation proposed in Tiverton, The Providence Journal

Cumberland council OKs solar farm, mulls garage move, The Forecaster

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Mobile Lab Will Test Energy-Saving Water Technology, WAMC

Efficiencies help lighten summer power demand, Sentinel & Enterprise

Groups sue Connecticut state officials for raiding clean energy and efficiency funds, New Haven Register

US House Committee Cuts Federal Energy Research, Boosts Energy Storage, Union of Concerned Scientists

Storage Might Solve Some Big Grid Problems, but Not the Ones You Think, Greentech Media

National Grid grants $1 million in energy efficiency rebates to world’s largest housing cooperative, Daily Energy Insider

Energy savings ideas topic of Energy and Environmental Conference, Eagle Tribune

Big Battery Boom Hits Another Roadblock: Fire-Fearing Cities, Bloomberg

 

Nuclear

1st Quarter Inspection at Pilgrim Finds No Violations, CapeCod.com News

Advocacy to Keep US Nuclear Reactors Open Picks Up Steam, Energy Collective

Small Modular Nuclear Reactors Will Soon Face a Moment of Reckoning, Greentech Media

Report Says More Nuclear Plants in Financial Trouble, Power Magazine

Nuclear-Waste Tax Case Battled at 11th Circuit, Courthouse News

 

EVs

Another NH utility tiptoes into a little bit of support for electric vehicles, Granite Geek

Are electric cars worse for the environment?, Politico

RMLD Celebrates New Bolt, New Charging Station, Patch.com

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Clocks may go a little cuckoo with power grid change, AP

Massachusetts rejects smart meter rollout for ‘weaknesses in the business case’, Utility Dive

Massachusetts Rejects Smart Meter Rollouts, as Competitive Energy Undermines the Business Case, Greentech Media

Exelon sets its price for keeping Everett plants open, CommonWealth Magazine

The Northeast Power Coordinating Council Reports: Annual Assessment Forecasts Adequate Electricity Supplies for this Summer, Energy Central

US Northeast, Canada to have adequate summer power supply, Platts

Eversource plans 5% summer electricity rate cut, MassLive.com

National Grid’s full-year profits rise helped by US business, Reuters

New York ISO Zone A real-time power spikes to $1400/MWh on strong demand, Platts

Eversource invests to ease tree threat to utility lines, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Eversource Aims To Restore Power By Sunday After Four Tornadoes Strike, Hartford Courant

New York in bid to shut down all coal plants by 2020, Energy Voice

Message to FERC: Think Beyond Bulk Power to Achieve Grid Resilience, Microgrid Knowledge

 

Editorial/Opinion

Natural-Gas Constraints Bad for Business, Bad for Environment, AIM blog

Time to update state’s appliance standards, CommonWealth Magazine

Obama saw a key role for natural gas, CommonWealth Magazine

Why the offshore wind industry is about to take off, The Conversation

Meredith Angwin: Rolling Blackouts For New England?, Caledonian Record

New York’s Green Energy Roulette, Wall Street Journal

Letter: Epping must stand up to pipeline, Concord Monitor

Letter to the editor: CMP now acts in its own self-interest, not for the benefit of Mainers, Press Herald

One Well-Placed Hurricane Will UTTERLY DESTROY Costly Offshore Wind Systems On The East Coast, Daily Caller

Rhode Island Should Lead by Example to Prevent Loss of Forestland, EcoRI

Climate disruption has real impact on health in Massachusetts and we should be doing more (Viewpoint), MassLive

Out-of-towner explains Granite Bridge opposition, Seacoastonline.com

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Energy News for week ending May 11, 2018

Grid Mod in MA | Duck Curve Arrives | All Turbines Mapped

Happy Friday afternoon.

This week we begin with grid mod as the topic and a State House News Service story in the Sentinel and Enterprise that Massachusetts “State officials on Thursday issued an order authorizing utilities to spend $220 million statewide on upgrades to the electrical grid over the next three years, and set up a process that could result in some smart meter investments ushering in more dynamic ways of pricing power. The grid upgrades would be targeted at preventing future outages, allowing areas to more quickly bounce back from a power outage, and better accommodating renewable energy generation…Installing smart meters for every residential ratepayer would cost $1.5 billion, according to the Baker administration, which has opted instead to set up a process that could result in using smart meters in situations where they would render the highest benefits for the least cost, according to an official.”

All of those solar installations out there have brought something bird-like to New England that, from a US perspective, is mostly seen in California. From PV Magazine, “As solar comes to more regions of the United States, it is beginning to alter the dynamics of electricity supply and demand. These are most noticeable on weekend days in the spring, when solar output is high but electricity demand is lower than during the week and not inflated by air conditioning use, as it is in the summer.

The result of this is the “duck curve”, as documented in California. There the output of solar is suppressing mid-day demand, with a steep ramp-up in demand that must be met by other resources as the sun goes down. When coupled with a lack of sufficient flexibility in the rest of the electricity fleet and operation of the grid, this can result in negative prices and curtailment of resources…New England’s grid operator has reported that on April 21 behind-the-meter solar met sufficient demand that for the first time net daytime demand fell to a lower level than overnight demand…the increase in solar led to a fall in the region’s wholesale electricity price to -$2.65 per megawatt-hour around 3 PM.”

We end this week with an article from the Washington Post titled, “Every one of America’s 57,636 wind turbines, mapped.” From the article, “To create the database, the USGS partnered with the Department of Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the American Wind Energy Association. The organizations merged their individual data sets to create a new database that was more accurate and comprehensive than previous efforts. Once they compiled the new database, researchers attempted to visually verify the precise location of each turbine using satellite imagery. They intend to update it periodically in the coming years as the wind industry grows.” The piece not only gets into geographical reasons for why wind is more popular in some parts of the country than others, but also speaks to political climates that create certain disparities.

As always you can find events at Northeast Energy News. Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Energy giant sues Weymouth over pipeline station, saying federal law overrides zoning, Boston Globe

Burner Tips: Collaboration between utilities and environmental groups might not be the norm, but in Massachusetts, the two sides have come together to find mutual solutions, American Gas Magazine

Reducing Methane Emissions Amidst a ‘National Leadership Void,’ BrinkNews.com

CT regulators ignore health and climate destroying methane leaks, Stratford Star

Connecticut Senate votes to gut net metering, extend renewable energy mandate, pv magazine USA

Rick Perry suggests using ‘national security’ to override opposition to pipelines, ThinkProgress

Weymouth compressor station opponents seek stories of illness, Wicked Local

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

State Clean Energy Laws Make New England Grid More Resilient, Natural Resources Defense Council

Commission reduces fees for popular renewable energy program, vtdigger.org

Under the Sea: A Roadmap for Renewable Energy, MarineLink

Scientists Say Ocean Circulation Is Slowing. Here’s Why You Should Care., InsideClimate News

NYSERDA Announces $10 Million Available for Commercial and Industrial Carbon Challenge Initiative, North America Clean Energy

Earth’s atmosphere just crossed another troubling climate change threshold, Boston Globe

 

Wind

What’s the best bet on wind?, CommonWealth Magazine

Every one of America’s 57,636 wind turbines, mapped, Washington Post

Offshore wind developer, unions partner on workforce training initiative, Boston Business Journal (subscriber content)

Wind-energy meetings scheduled amid concerns about East End, Newsday

US Offshore Wind Can Realize 25 GW through Synergies with Oil & Gas Sector, Renewable Energy World

Council passes bill to encourage wind energy, Queens Ledger

Offshore-wind developers want more details on state straw proposal, NJ Spotlight

Lawyers for wind developer want Hopkinton to increase turbine height to 600 feet, National Wind Watch

Offshore Wind’s Value Exceeds Its Construction Costs In New York And New England, Energy Collective

Bay State Wind signs agreements to build training center in New Bedford, SouthCoastToday.com

AWEA 2018: Offshore hubs to spring up on Atlantic coast, Windpower Monthly

Offshore Wind’s Value Exceeds Its Construction Costs In New York And New England, Energy Collective

East Hampton Town Trustees Move Forward With Plans For Joint Hearing On Deepwater Project, 27east.com

 

Solar

Sun And Solar Power Cut Electricity Demand From New England Grid To Lowest Ever, Hartford Courant

It’s Official. All New California Homes Must Incorporate Solar, Greentech Media

The duck curve comes to New England, pv magazine USA

Solar power helps New England hit historic milestone, Concord Monitor

US Navy leases photovoltaic solar panels near Rhode Island station, Electric Light & Power

Five New England Colleges To Buy Solar From Maine Project, Solar Industry

Vermont reduces incentives for renewable energy program, Penn Energy

Solar-Panel Makers Ramp Up U.S. Manufacturing Plans, Wall Street Journal (Pay wall)

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

State Strategic Plan Looks to Boost Energy Efficiency, Cut Customer Costs, NJ Spotlight

Rutland family receives $5K to make their home energy efficient, Mountaintimes

Why The Energy Storage Problem Won’t Be A Problem For Long, CleanTechnica

As energy storage costs decline, market changes needed to increase deployment, Platts

New York City moves to streamline energy storage permitting, Utility Dive

Energy storage, wind, and solar companies are recruiting coal miners for their work ethics and high-tech skills, Environmental Defense Fund

 

Nuclear

Bill seeks to prioritize nuclear waste removal at Pilgrim, Patriot Ledger

Vermont Yankee resumes fuel move, Brattleboro Reformer

Seabrook officials analyze financial issues, The Daily News of Newburyport

Indian Point task force study urges Entergy to turn over property, The Journal News | LoHud.com

Nuclear Energy Institute Recommends Rejection of PJM Capacity Proposals, Daily Energy Insider

One Thing Trump, Some Environmentalists Both Love: Nuclear Power, Bloomberg

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

New Hampshire rethinks distributed generation-only pilots for non-wires alternatives, Utility Dive

How CMP plans to pipe clean energy to Massachusetts through Maine, Bangor Daily News

Baker, Healey split on electricity sellers, CommonWealth Magazine

Do Healey, Baker have a truce?, CommonWealth Magazine

Connecticut lawmakers pass sweeping energy bill, Utility Dive

Solar, efficiency drive declining peak load in ISO New England, Utility Dive

DPU issues electric grid modernization order, Sentinel & Enterprise

Under Pressure: Steam Pipe System Draws Scrutiny, NBC Boston

Eversource customers can get $3000 rebate on Nissan Leaf electric car, Concord Monitor

Eversource Looks to Offshore Wind, New Rates for Growth, RTO Insider

Eversource pushes ahead with pursuit of Connecticut Water, Journal Inquirer

PUC refuses to intensify inquiry into CMP billing problems, Press Herald

Utilities commission won’t ramp up CMP billing investigation, Bangor Daily News

Maine Lawmakers Signal Opposition to NECEC, RTO Insider

Worried About Grid Resilience? Don’t—You Can Sleep Well, Natural Resources Defense Council

Eversource generation rate to fall July 1, Hartford Business

New Hampshire’s Coming Energy Crunch Is A Job Killer, InsideSources

Colleges To Train Next-Gen Utility Workers, New Haven Independent

 

Editorial/Opinion

What’s up with the Globe and natural gas?, CommonWealth magazine

SUZANNE TORRES, Weymouth: An issue of credibility in Spectra debate, The Patriot Ledger

Climate Change Shouldn’t Need a Salesman, Wall Street Journal

Maurice Kreis: Rolling blackouts in New Hampshire? Not a chance, Concord Monitor

LETTER: Expanding natural gas pipelines is not the right energy solution, SouthCoastToday.com

Viewpoint: Climate change is here. Boston has no time to waste., Boston Business Journal

Time to hit the off switch on electricity sellers, CommonWealth Magazine

NextEra’s Robo Is Wrong About Offshore Wind, Energy Collective

Connecticut Energy Legislation a Mixed Bag for Clean Energy, North American Clean Energy

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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 January 29, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Customers may have to pay for new pipelines, The Union Leader

Vermont Gas surpasses 50,000 customers, Vermont Biz

Springfield Regional Chamber endorses Kinder Morgan, Spectra gas pipeline projects, MassLive

Researchers to present health hazard findings regarding pipeline stations, The Recorder

Hill: Problems with Spectra Energy pipeline, (opinion) MetroWest Daily News

Energy company seeks Danbury land for gas pipeline expansion, CT Post

Town draws line in pipeline sand, Monadnock Ledger Transcript

Arlingtonians at center of pipeline debate, Wicked Local Dedham

Pact would trade coal plant for natural gas, CT Post

An explosive debate: As proponents of a new liquified natural gas project in Acushnet press forward, opposition group voices their concerns, Southcoasttoday.com

Pipeline activist Croce to challenge Speliotis in 13th Essex, Salem News

Renewable Energy

Proof That a Price on Carbon Works, New York Times

Cape Wind mounting comeback, CommonWealth Magazine

Solar is no longer trivial in New England’s power grid, Concord Monitor

Company proposing 3,000-plus-panel solar farm in Rehoboth, Taunton Daily Gazette

Our View: Solar power’s growth calls for new system, Press Herald

Connecticut solar energy advocates laud partnership, West Hartford News

Vermont solar power growth slowed for now as utilities hit limit, PennEnergy

Proposals Due for Maine Energy Projects to Power Southern New England, Maine Public Broadcasting

Report says NH is a renewable energy leader, New Hampshire Business Review

New England net metering policies cause distress, Smart Grid Today

What if Nevada’s solar regulators came to Massachusetts, Greentech Media

Raise the net metering cap, Commonwealth Magazine

Energy Efficiency

‘Green Jobs RI’: Senate report puts energy, environmental sectors at center stage, Providence Journal

Swampscott selected for National Grid energy savings initiative, Salem News

Essex turning green with energy savings, Gloucester Daily Times

Nuclear

Entergy spent down 10 percent of Vermont Yankee trust fund in 2015, VT Digger

Entergy Says New York’s Nuclear-Rescue Plan Comes Too Late, Bloomberg

IER: New England natural gas use up since closure of Vermont nuclear plant, Power Newswire

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

ISO chief: Natural gas supplies half of N.E.’s electricity, Lowell Sun

FERC’s ‘Demand Response’ Rule Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court, Bloomberg

AG Healey praises Supreme Court decision on ‘demand response’, Berkshire Eagle

Maine’s high court confirms smart meters pose no health threat, Lewiston Sun Journal

Energize RI brings carbon pricing bill to the House, RI Future

New England Generators Appeal FERC Capacity Market Orders, RTO Insider

Baker’s hydroelectricity plan a bad bet, (opinion) CommonWealth Magazine

Baker right on hydropower, clean energy contracts, (opinion) CommonWealth Magazine

Discussion postponed on new Braintree power plant plan, Wicked Local Braintree

UN urges business leaders to double investment in green energy by 2020, The Guardian

 

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Energy News for week ending July 24, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Connecticut residents oppose expansion of natural gas, Hartford Courant

Gas Plant Upgrades May Push Prices Down, Energy Manager Today

NH congressional delegation calls for more transparency on proposed pipeline, Keene Sentinel

Liberty’s Pipeline Push Relies on Rapid Expansion, New Hampshire Public Radio

Merrimack school officials oppose pipeline, The Union Leader

Kinder Morgan plans to hold public meetings for proposed pipeline, The Union Leader

Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg asks for postponement of gas pipeline hearings, MassLive.com

Neighbors bemoan pipeline compressor station would force them to move, The Union Leader

Forum hears from residents on pipeline concerns, Wicked Local Westwood

A big fight over a natural gas pipeline project divides Massachusetts, Watchdog.org

Maine natural gas pipeline proposals don’t offer enough benefits (Report), Platts

Expanded natural gas service: Good for regional economy in Enosburg (press release), VTdigger.org

Energy Efficiency

124 New England Buildings Compete in EPA’s Sixth Annual Energy Star Battle of the Buildings (press release), EPA.gov

Energy Task Force meets with Eversource auditors, West Hartford News

Renewable Energy

Massachusetts Senate vote aims to prompt more solar projects, Masslive.com

Pioneer wind farm ‘breaks water’ off Rhode Island coast, USA TODAY

Fuel cell power plant proposal headed for Connecticut Siting Council, New Haven Register

Big solar’s future for NH in doubt, The Union Leader

Rhode Island state officials want to use carbon auction funds for renewable energy, PennEnergy

Activists launch tour of state to push for more solar power, WCVB Boston

Environmental activists urge state to lift cap on solar energy subsidy program, Masslive.com

Maine wind power owner SunEdison to buy second-largest solar installer, Bangor Daily News

Nuclear

Vermont Yankee: NRC closes resident inspector’s office, Brattleboro Reformer

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Northern Pass: Cheapest Alternative Creates Greatest Environmental Impacts, RTO Insider

Old Salem power plant falls as new one rises, Wicked Local Marblehead

Why is Elizabeth Warren on the Energy Committee?, National Journal

New England planning $4.8B in power grid upgrades, Hartford Business

Medway residents organize Facebook page against Exelon expansion, MetroWest Daily News

US energy secretary Ernie Moniz: a cabinet star is born, Boston Globe

Consumers still waiting for smart meters to pay off, Press Herald

State board grants Medway, groups intervention in Exelon proceedings, MetroWest Daily News

Utilities: Electric Rates to drop, but root cause of spikes remains, The Recorder

Maine Among the 10 Most Energy Expensive States, PenBayPilot.com

Green Mountain Power of Vermont preparing for energy revolution, Boston Globe

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Energy News for week ending July 10, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Pipeline Builder Sues Boston Over West Roxbury Gas Line, Patch.com

Residents go before health board to stop Spectra Energy, Wicked Local Dedham

Critics of Tennessee Gas Pipeline claim underused facilities already exist to meet need for additional natural gas, GazetteNet

Pipeline opponents say new rules not enough, Union Leader

Anti-Pipeline Group Seeks Members to Stage Massive Protest, Patch.com

AG Maura Healey’s office to study regional natural gas capacity, MassLive.com

Energy Efficiency

Helping Consumers Understand the Value of Smart Meters, energyefficiencymarkets.com

Debate over furnace efficiency standards heats up, thehill.com

Central Vermont Medical Center lauded for energy savings, WCAX

Nearly $9 Million Awarded to Mass. Energy Projects, ecoRI News

Solving the energy efficiency quandary, MIT Technology Review

National Grid & Opower Help Customers Save Over $70 Million on Energy Bills, MarketWatch

Renewable Energy

Proposed solar farm raising concerns in Rochester, SouthCoastToday.com

Solar Bill Passed in Maine Sets the Stage for an Innovative Alternative to Net Metering, GreentechMedia.com

Solar power cap dims credits for town, Worcester Telegram

Vermont Airport Flies Into Solar, PV Solar Report

Maine Legislature Overrides Solar Veto, PV Solar Report

AP: Renewable energy firms ramp up lobbying in Massachusetts, WLNE-TV

Markey praises new White House effort on solar power, Worcester Telegram

Nuclear

How start-ups can save nuclear tech, Fortune.com

Should Nuclear Energy Try To Fight The Natural Gas Craze?, Forbes.com

Pilgrim owner appeals poor rating, Cape Cod Times

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Marion selectmen moving to save on electricity costs, SouthCoastToday.com

Baker’s bill would boost hydropower supply from Canada, Boston Globe

Double Fault: State Officials Take Issue Again With Review Of Northern Pass Impact, NHPR

Electricity in Wilton will cost less beginning this month, Wilton Bulletin

Proposed Northern Pass/ Ride the Wilds cash-and-land deal getting panned, Union Leader

Electricity recalculation bill refunds included in state budget bill, MassLive.com

NH electric prices high, but we use less power than others, Union Leader

Medway: Consultant proposed for power plant expansion, MetroWest Daily News

Vermont ducking energy problems?, Rutland Herald

Billerica company gets $2.5 million energy grant, Wicked Local Billerica

Rates Not ‘Transparent’ Enough, Say New England Attorneys General, Energy Manager Today

East Coast Power Gains as Humid Conditions Boost Demand on Grid, Bloomberg

Power trade rises between US & Canada, boosting reliability, Utility Drive

NiSource, parent of Columbia Gas, helps out vets in Lawrence, MassLive.com

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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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