Bad Actors | 16,000 | Climate Change Deceit | Scrap the EE Plan
Happy Friday folks.
We’re bringing you another double edition this week. We are blessed here with busy times so client work comes first and this project lately has had to take a back seat.
But we’re making time today so let’s get to the news.
It was a bad couple of weeks for some alleged bad utility execs:
- New York scrutiny: National Grid faces bribery investigation; revenues docked for Con Edison, NYSEG, RG&E, Utility Dive
- Trial dates set for utility cooperatives indicted in Kentucky Derby trips case, The Day
With headlines like that, it’s no wonder bills such as this get proposed: New York Bill Would Require Electric Utilities To Disclose Executive Salaries, Report Expenses, WSHU
Some big rooftop solar is coming to Massachusetts. From MassLive, “Medline Industries, Inc., plans to install the largest rooftop solar array in Massachusetts on its distribution center in Uxbridge. Medline’s 800,000 square foot Uxbridge Distribution Center will house nearly 16,000 solar panels on its extensive roof, generating renewable energy with environmental benefits equivalent to planting 93,000 trees or powering more than 800 homes annually according to estimates provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.”
MA Attorney General Maura Healey won a big one and will get a day (or months) in court, Exxon must face Massachusetts lawsuit alleging climate change deceit, Reuters.
And I’m sharing this last story for the headline and to give me a chance to ask a question, Mass. Efficiency Program Draft Plan Should Be Scrapped, Senator Says, Net Zero Insider. So here is a question – we have a lot of really old housing stock here in Massachusetts. When creating more space in an old home – such as an attic renovation – why on earth is closed cell foam insulation – which is highly energy efficient – not part of the MassSave program? I welcome those in the know to respond.
Thank you for reading. Enjoy the many articles below and have a wonderful weekend.
New Jersey Utility Accelerates Net Zero Carbon Plan by 20 Years, Bloomberg Green
Communities in Massachusetts Fight for Right to Be Green, Net Zero Insider (subscriber content)
Mass. Cities Begin Acting on New State Climate Laws, Net Zero Insider
Has the Carbontech Revolution Begun?, New York Times
Shell Gets Greener, Even as Climate Advocates Say, ‘Go Faster,’ New York Times
Regional initiative to cut road emissions wins RI Senate approval, Providence Journal
Legislators hope to make northern Maine a hub of renewable power exports, Bangor Daily News
Building New Renewables Is Cheaper Than Burning Fossil Fuels, Bloomberg Green
Amazon and Other Tech Giants Race to Buy Up Renewable Energy Wall St. Journal
Coastal regulators look to standardize wind farm compensation deals to avoid disputes, Providence Business News
Can Massive Cargo Ships Use Wind to Go Green?, New York Times
NJ Solar Push Squeezes Farms, Net Zero Insider (subscriber content)
Can America’s Solar Power Industry Compete with China’s? One Firm Tries, Wall St. Journal
Mass. Efficiency Program Draft Plan Should Be Scrapped, Senator Says, Net Zero Insider
Nation’s 1st “Net Zero” Hotel Takes Form, New Haven Independent
Maine becomes 9th US state to adopt energy storage deployment target, Energy Storage News
Power plant session draws protesters, Salem News
US grid needs overhaul to keep up with renewable revolution, says GE exec, Sen. Heinrich, Utility Dive
Stop sweetheart deals with state utilities, CommonWealth Magazine
Opinion/Searson: RI should lead the way on renewable energy, Providence Journal
Week of 6/18/21
Earth is now trapping an ‘unprecedented’ amount of heat, NASA says, Washington Post
The US East Coast is set to become a green energy job powerhouse, Quartz (subscriber content)
Confidence Among Renewable Energy Investors at an All-Time High: Report, Environment and Energy Leader
Schneider Electric, Citizens Energy Form Alliance for Microgrid, Renewable Projects
Shore towns want say over wind projects, push back on bill, AP
Why America Doesn’t Really Make Solar Panels Anymore, The Atlantic
The Dark Side of Solar Power, Harvard Business Review
G-7 Drops Aim to Shift New Car Sales Away from Oil By 2030, Bloomberg Green
Volkswagen Readies ‘Massive’ Rejig to U.S. Plans on Biden’s EV Shift, Bloomberg Green
Oil Price Hits Pandemic High as Investors Bet on Green Energy, Wall St. Journal
Mass. Residents Think Regulators Can Improve Public Engagement, RTO Insider (subscriber content)
Mass. should set 100% clean energy mandate, CommonWealth Magazine
Training underway to meet offshore wind industry demand for jobs, Barnstable Patriot