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Energy News for week ending July 28, 2017

The bids are in | The saga continues | New wires and pipes

Happy Friday afternoon!

The news topic getting the most “ink” this week was the Clean Energy RFP and the bids that came in response. We’ve dedicated a whole section to it below. It seems the biggest surprise (AP via Energy Central) was the entrance of Central Maine Power into the mix.

Here’s one that makes us say, “Wut?” It seems members of the Citizens Against the Rehoboth Compressor Station (CARCS) have complained they were not given proper notification by the town of Spectra’s decision to withdraw plans for the station. According to a story in The Sun Chronicle, Rehoboth selectmen say they are baffled at the criticisms lodged against them by CARCS. (Um yeah, the story was all over the news and you’d think the CARCS would be celebrating…) Nonetheless, the board has invited them to air their grievances on August 7th. We’ll look for the follow-up story so we can share with you the reasons for CARCS’ unhappiness. A saga indeed.

Lastly, on projects that as far as we can tell didn’t have many detractors, the Telegram brings us details on a number of energy improvement projects in Central MA. The article notes, “The work coincides with a national effort by utilities to update aging infrastructure and make natural gas and electricity services more reliable for customers at a time when energy technology is advancing and consumers are demanding better options.”

Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Compressor station saga continues in Rehoboth, The Sun Chronicle

Hingham may form compressor station task force, The Patriot Ledger

State Rep. Lynch calls for stronger pipeline safety provisions, Wicked Local Westwood

ETP’s $4 billion Rover line hits another snag, this time in West Virginia, Reuters

The conflicts of interest hiding behind pro-pipeline op-eds around the country, Media Matters for America

Dakota Access developer’s new pipeline rankling regulators, The Boston Globe

State Sen. Adam Hinds visits anti-pipeline activists in Sandisfield, Berkshire Eagle

Acushnet selectmen confirm pipeline plan is ‘dead’, SouthCoastToday.com

Clean Energy RFP

5 major transmission, hydro and wind partners bid into Massachusetts Clean Energy RFP, Masslive

Hydro-Quebec partners up, CommonWealth Magazine

Central Maine Power joins green energy competition, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Maine utility a late surprise in green energy competition, Energy Central

CMP unveils plan that could quench LePage’s thirst for Quebec hydropower, Bangor Daily News

Governor Scott supports underwater Power Link from Canada, Vermont Biz

National Grid’s Plan To Run Power Line Through MA, NY Towns, WAMC

Eversource and Hydro-Québec Offer Two Proposals to Clean Energy Solicitation, (press release) Business Wire

Renewable Energy

State rule squeezes green energy producers, including Newburyport company, Newburyport Daily News

Impending eclipse underscores solar’s contribution to grid, Press Herald

Lights dim for cleantech funding under Trump’s budget, (subscriber content) Boston Business Journal

50% Rise in Renewable Energy Needed to Meet Ambitious State Standards, Inside Climate News

Renewables on the Rise, (report) Environment Maine

NE Environmentalists Want More Ambitious Carbon Emissions Cap For Power Plants, Rhode Island Public Radio

New Hampshire temporarily suspends solar rebate programs, Daily Energy Insider

The Top 5 Emerging Markets for Offshore Wind, Greentech Media

Report: Renewables Capable Of Being ‘America’s Energy Choice’, North American Windpower

LIPA declines to back 210MW Deepwater Wind project: report, Recharge

Seize the Day: RGGI Leadership More Important Than Ever, Union of Concerned Scientists

State energy plan calls for more renewables, Hartford Business

Massachusetts Town Saves $101,000 in 12 Months with Solar, Energy Manager Today

Analysis: Ratepayers Foot the Bill for Utilities’ Push Against Rooftop Solar, Renewable Energy World

New York will rebuild 78 miles of transmission to meet 50% renewables standard, Utility Dive

Solar farm covering 57 acres in Pittsfield (ME) wins regulators’ OK, Energy Central

Scientist: Hope for the best, prepare for the worst, Cape Cod Times

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency’s Existential Crisis Is Also an Opportunity, Greentech Media

Litchfield High School recognized for energy efficiency, Litchfield County Times

Ultra-Efficient, Economical Apartments Now In South Boston Are Part Of ‘Big Wave’, WBUR

Needham-Newton Businesses Net $2.7M Through Energy Savers Program, Patch.com

Nuclear

Connecticut Gov. Malloy orders financial review of Millstone nuke, Utility Dive

Can Millstone Survive Natural Gas? Malloy Orders State Review, Hartford Courant

Rowley activist: Public hearing needed on Seabrook evacuation plan, Wicked Local Ipswich

Vermont Yankee concerns ‘unfounded,’ companies say, Brattleboro Reformer

VT Yankee closing leads New England colleges to form a green hub training program, NH1 News

Connecticut’s latest energy roadmap likely to raise debate over Millstone, alternative sources, New Haven Register

Report: Advanced Nuclear Tech Could Be Lifeline for Industry, Power

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Virtual Power Plants & Transactive Energy: How Will They Change the Energy Business?, Microgrid Knowledge

Medway: State approves Exelon water plan, MetroWest Daily News

Monthly Wholesale Electricity Prices and Demand in New England, June 2017, Energy Central

Connecticut updates goals for energy, climate change, CT Mirror

Why We Need More Microgrids for Resilience, but Aren’t Getting Them, Microgrid Knowledge

Healey to DPU: Cut Eversource rates, CommonWealth Magazine

Providence Looks to Switch Sides in Power-Plant Case, ecoRI news

Vermont gov. creates climate commission to reach energy goal, Penn Energy

Utilities spend millions to replace old pipes, lay new wires and update infrastructure in Central Massachusetts, Worcester Telegram

Updated Energy Strategy Hampered By New England’s Congested Grid, WNPR News

National Grid seeking 53-percent rate hike, The Providence Journal

EIA: US residential power sales in decline since 2010, Utility Dive

National Grid talks energy, safety, and efficiency, Daily Item

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey takes aim at proposed Eversource rate hike, MassLive.com

Would Eversource’s power line reduce property values?, Wicked Local Hudson

Hudson selectmen, residents fear environmental impacts of proposed powerline, Community Advocate

Hiding in plain sight: Aggregated DERs in wholesale power markets, Utility Dive

Northern Pass site visits begin in the North Country, The Union Leader

Northern Pass to withdraw purchase power agreement, The Union Leader

Editorial/Opinion

10 Years After Launch of its Wind Turbine, Jiminy Peak Now Reducing Carbon Footprint, Renewable Energy World

3 takeaways on the offshore wind RFP, CommonWealth Magazine

Expanding energy efficiency, Rutland Herald

Karen Glitman: Efficiency Vermont — yesterday, today and tomorrow, vtdigger.org

Our View: Regional climate compact victim of its own success, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Your View: Let’s make New Bedford the US center for offshore wind, SouthCoastToday.com

Susan Schibanoff: Franconia Area Residents Take Northern Pass Concerns To Concord, Caledonian Record

Columnist Kathryn R. Eiseman: Berkshire Gas must update business model, Greenfield Recorder

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Energy News for week ending July 14, 2017

Happy Friday afternoon all.

This week there is something in the news for everyone – regardless of what side of the energy fence you sit on.

One thing I think we can all get behind is 14-year-old aspiring environmental scientist, Anika Bhagavatula from Wilton, Connecticut. According to a story on EcoWatch.com, Anika found “that a mix of pomegranate husks and orange peels could absorb motor oil two to three times its own weight.”

“Bhagavatula’s project was inspired by the ongoing fears that the Dakota Access Pipeline could spill and pollute the Missouri River. “I wanted to find a natural sorbent which could clean up these oil spills and would replace harmful remediation solutions, which, while effective, can damage the environment,” she added. The eighth grader presented her research at her middle school and state science fairs. She not only took home first place awards for her project, she also earned a spot as a finalist in the 2017 Young Scientist Challenge where she could win $25,000 and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.””

Kudos to Anika.

As always, you can find more news and events at New England Energy News. Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

With Access Northeast Suspension, No Relief In Sight For Gas-Starved Region, Oil and Gas Investor

Massachusetts regulators approve Berkshire Gas 5-year plan, while insisting company must work to lift moratorium, MassLive.com

New studies reinforce importance of natural gas for clean energy future, PennEnergy

Massachusetts regulators approve NRG gas plant, Utility Dive

US ‘will become one of the world’s top gas exporters by 2020’, The Guardian

Rehoboth officials receive word natural gas project may resurface, The Sun Chronicle

Baker may visit site of proposed compressor station, wwlp.com

Baker facing mounting pressure on Weymouth gas facility, The Boston Globe

Opening of proposed Burrillville power plant delayed until 2020, WPRI 12 Eyewitness News

Inspired By DAPL, 14 Year Old Finds Novel Solution to Pipeline Spills, EcoWatch

Eversource Expands Natural Gas System in New Canaan, HamletHub

Renewable Energy

Controversial clean energy bill becomes law without governor’s signature, New Hampshire Business Review

Falmouth won’t appeal order to shut down wind turbines, Cape Cod Times

Falmouth officials: Turbine losses could total $12M, Cape Cod Times

In New England, Cooperative Values Drive Solar Growth — Episode 41 Of Local Energy Rules Podcast, CleanTechnica

Gov. LePage vetoes solar ‘net metering’ bill, again, Portland Press Herald

Can the world thrive on 100% renewable energy?, The Economist

US Offshore Wind Stays Small As Dominion Energy Moves Forward With DONG Energy On Virginia Project, CleanTechnica

National Grid sees subsidy-free offshore wind by 2040, Windpower Monthly

Rhode Island Looks to Sustain Clean Jobs Gains, RTO Insider

Four local towns look to harness power of the sun; others already have, The Keene Sentinel

As Virginia explores options for carbon trading, joining RGGI a possibility, Southeast Energy News

Rooftop Solar Dims Under Pressure From Utility Lobbyists, New York Times

Project may double MDI’s solar output, Mount Desert Islander

Maine biomass plant offline for third straight month, forfeiting taxpayer cash, Bangor Daily News

Mass. Leaders Featured in Project Highlighting ‘Voices for 100 Percent Renewable Energy,’ Energy Central

Wind turbines damage human health says Portuguese scientist, National Wind Watch

Energy Efficiency

Administration rebuffed on call to cut energy efficiency funds, vtdigger.org

Boston Tops List Of Energy-Efficient Cities, Banker & Tradesman

Energy efficiency is a ‘win-win’ for investors, GreenBiz

Massachusetts aims for 200 MWh energy storage target, Electric Light & Power

Eversource, National Grid atop ACEEE’s Energy Efficiency Scorecard, Electric Light & Power

National Grid revises proposed electric and gas price changes for smaller bill hikes, WatertownDailyTimes.com

Nuclear

Why Nuclear Power, Once Cash Cow, Now Has Tin Cup, Bloomberg

Company Signs Deal To Handle Radioactive Reactor Components At Vermont Yankee, Vermont Public Radio

Vermont Yankee: Anti-nuclear group doubts cleanup plan, Brattleboro Reformer

The Latest In Nuclear Energy, New Hampshire Public Radio

Battle over Connecticut’s Millstone nuclear plant rages on, New Haven Register

Dominion pushes inclusion of Millstone nuke provisions in Connecticut budget bill, Utility Dive

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Law and Effect: The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008, WGBH

Debunking Three Myths About “Baseload,” Energy Central

Maine and New England consider stronger CO2 caps, Bangor Daily News

After sector outcry, Massachusetts energy chief defends 200 MWh storage target, Utility Dive

Analysis shows market forces, not policy, driving shifts in power sector, Governor’s Wind and Solar Energy Coalition

Unitil seeks to raise average gas bill 9 percent for households, Bangor Daily News

New England Residents Pay Most in Contiguous US for Electricity, GoLocal Worcester

Connecticut residents pay highest energy costs in nation, analysis finds, New Haven Register

Energy CEOs say investor money and jobs at risk because FERC isn’t functional, CNBC

Concord adamant on burial of Northern Pass power lines, Concord Monitor

Public meetings start for Granite State Power Link, a Northern Pass-like proposal, Concord Monitor

How wholesale power markets and state environmental policies can work together, Utility Dive

Eversource makes case for Sudbury-Hudson power line, MetroWest Daily News

MBTA hides parts of Hudson-to-Sudbury power-line deal, Worcester Telegram

Eversource on hook for Harbor project under deal with feds, Boston Business Journal

3 Ways the Trump Administration Is Changing How It Talks About Energy, Greentech Media

Medway: Massive truck set to deliver Exelon generator, MetroWest Daily News

Towns gear up to fight Eversource herbicide plan, Wicked Local Brewster

Editorial/Opinion

Between the Lines: Frances Crowe Has The Right Idea, Valley Advocate

Commentary: Maine lawmakers siding with passing responsible energy policy, Press Herald

No reason to open new marine monument to oil drilling when industry doesn’t want it, Bangor Daily News

The problems with Trump’s push on natural-gas exports, Axios

Another View: Cheap hydro power from Canada is not so cheap, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Letter: William J. Eccleston: It’s time for RI to fight excessive transmission costs, The Providence Journal

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Energy News for week ending March 24, 2017

Good Friday evening. Running a bit behind today, but the Weekly Energy News is here.

Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Northeast Gas Association Announces Massachusetts Energy Reliability Awareness Campaign, (Press Release), BusinessWire

Attleboro area pipeline foes eye ‘coalition,’ Sun Chronicle

Western Mass pipeline fighters win legal battle over Clean Water Act, MassLive.com

Berkshire businesses oppose ‘pipeline tax’, Berkshire Eagle

Activists gather in Dalton to protest natural gas pipelines, wwlp.com

Regulators Seek State Opinions on Proposed Plant, US News and World Report

Local Environmentalists Oppose Policies Supporting Natural Gas, iBerkshires.com

Grafton selectmen OK resolution opposing pipeline, Worcester Telegram

Decision expected in April on review of pipeline expansion through Otis State Forest, Berkshire Eagle

Sharon business owners endorse Stop the Pipeline campaign, Wicked Local Sharon

Enbridge Cutting 1000 Jobs After Takeover of Spectra Energy, U.S. News & World Report

US pipeline regulator orders action over leaking Alaska gas pipeline, HazardEx

These Google Street View cars just got a new job — spotting harmful methane leaks in big cities, Washington Post

Renewable Energy

All In Its Design: Block Island Wind Farm Thrives In Snow Storm, Rhode Island Public Radio

Big Oil Replaces Rigs With Wind Turbines, Bloomberg

GE Unit Builds Solar Projects Throughout Northeast, Solar Industry

Northern Lights: Large-Scale Solar Power Is Spreading Across the US, Yale Environment 360

Google: Majority of US rooftops could support solar power, Utility Dive

Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources extends solar incentive program, Solar Power World

Loggers: Biomass Electricity Producer Isn’t Paying Suppliers, MainePublic.org

Deepwater Wind – leaving rivals in its wake in US offshore, Recharge

Race to Build Offshore Wind Farms That Float on Sea Gathers Pace, Bloomberg

Industry chief: Solar power doesn’t now threaten utility profits, Electric Light & Power

Waterford launches residential solar program, Norwich Bulletin

New York Offers Electric Car Rebates, Natural Resources Defense Council

Massachusetts looks to expand solar market by 2020, wwlp.com

Sanders sees ‘revolution’ in energy, vtdigger.org

Massachusetts Clean Energy Technology Center, University of Rhode Island to Receive $500,000 from Interior, Energy Central

SMART start? Massachusetts utilities, solar at odds over proposed incentive program, Utility DIVE

Massachusetts Seeks Clean Energy Ideas for Gas Station Resiliency During Power Outages, Microgrid Knowledge

Bills to expand solar incentives in Maine ready to launch, Press Herald

LePage seeks to change rules on biomass bailout bill he signed, Bangor Daily News

Energy Efficiency

5 NH communities start energy efficiency campaign, NH1 News

Wilton Residents Boost Energy Efficiency and Community Efforts, Patch.com

Alliance to fight energy efficiency program budget cuts, Daily Energy Insider

RI Infrastructure Bank Announces Financing for 2 Clean Energy Projects, GoLocalProv

Cumberland church preaches energy efficiency, The Forecaster

Portsmouth to install LED streetlights citywide, Seacoastonline.com

Nuclear

NorthStar makes its case for buying VY, Commons

NRC cites failures at Pilgrim, but plant remains safe enough to stay open, Boston Globe

Local group urges NRC to deny Seabrook license amendment, The Daily News of Newburyport

Millstone bill heads to full Connecticut legislature, New Haven Register

What’s The Future Of Connecticut’s Only Nuclear Plant?, WNPR News

Bloomberg: Nuclear subsidies could cost Northeast customers $3.9B annually, Utility DIVE

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

AG Maura Healey asks Eversource to cut profits, not raise rates, MassLive

New reports required for proposed Burrillville power plant, The Providence Journal

What National Grid Plans to Fix in Waltham, Patch.com

PJM watchdog joins lawsuit against nuclear subsidies, E&E News

Sununu Visits Montreal to Talk International Trade and Northern Pass, New Hampshire Public Radio

Northern Pass foes plan to circle the NH Statehouse on April 23, NH1 News

National Grid Urges Congress to Keep LIHEAP Funding to Protect Vulnerable Customers, Justmeans (press release)

Editorial/Opinion

Imagine consequences of closing down Pilgrim, Cape Cod Times

As I See It: Sustainability Hub of National Grid efforts, Worcester Telegram

Energy Efficiency Needs “Historic Level of Public-Private Cooperation”, Energy Collective

Letter to the editor: Pass solar bill to lift Maine economy, Press Herald

Should Shrewsbury oppose the proposed natural gas pipeline?, The Boston Globe

My Turn: The truth matters when it comes to our energy future, Concord Monitor

Taking issue with story on nuclear plant, The Daily News of Newburyport

George Smith: Maine could (and should) be energy independent, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Forum: Carbon tax is bad economic and public policy, New Haven Register

API: Subsidies for Nuclear Power Generation Could Hurt Connecticut Consumers, Energy Central

ViewPoint: In Massachusetts, a resounding yes for zero-emission vehicles, (subscriber content) Boston Business Journal

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Energy News for week ending February 24, 2017

TGIF. There are lots of stories and opinions this week. Let’s start with some intrigue. CommonWealth Magazine reports that some environmentalists are “alleging that the 1,200 megawatt clean energy solicitation developed by the Baker administration is biased in favor of large-scale hydro projects favored by some of the state’s utilities.” The intrigue comes in because “the state’s electric utilities are not only helping to write the RFP with the Department of Energy Resources but expect to benefit from it by building the transmission lines that deliver the power.”

Questions about the future Rehoboth Gas Compressor Station and the Access Northeast Pipeline are also rattling around in the Attleboro area according to the Sun Chronicle. Some suggest (hope?) that the cancellation of a public meeting means the project is dead. Others say, not so fast. One item that appears to be dead is the Brockton Power Plant proposal with the news from WickedLocal this week that the land where it was to be sited is up for sale.

In Connecticut, Bloomberg says environmental groups opposed to subsidies for nuclear power may be facing a do-or-die moment when it comes to legislation to help bail-out Millstone Nuclear.

And, lastly, I’m not sure how this fits with “competitive” as in competitive energy markets, but Energy Manager Today reports that in Maine, legislation has been filed that would prohibit a competitive electricity provider from charging a residential consumer a rate for generation service that is higher than the rate charged for standard-offer service. Not sure how that will fly with those who opt to pay more to support renewable generation.

Don’t forget to check out the events page. Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline/Plants

Pipeline developers pursue multi-pronged approach, Hartford Business

Killingly postpones meeting on proposed power plant issues, Norwich Bulletin

6600 spills from fracking in just four states, Science Daily

Fracking Caused Pennsylvania Earthquakes, New Report Confirms, EcoWatch

Cancellation of meeting on Rehoboth gas compressor station raises questions about status of project, The Sun Chronicle

Pipeline advocates gird for battle, The Sun Chronicle

Weymouth mayor looks to state permitting process to halt Spectra station, Wicked Local Weymouth

Baker: State has ‘minor role’ in permitting for Weymouth compressor, The Patriot Ledger

Weymouth compressor station foes raise money for legal battle, The Patriot Ledger

Local pipeline opponents stand with Standing Rock, The Recorder

Trump Eyes Easing Obama Rules for Sprawling Pipeline Network, Bloomberg

Natural Gas Bulls Crushed As Prices Tank, OilPrice.com

How booming US natural gas exports could affect power utilities and consumers, Utility DIVE

Environmental group to EFSB: Pull the plug on Brockton Power over bait-and-switch tactics, WickedLocal

Eversource facing big Beacon Hill challenge, CommonWealth Magazine

Renewable Energy

Clean energy intrigue alleged, CommonWealth Magazine

Could Massachusetts run on all renewable energy by 2050?, Wicked Local Medford

Study throws cold water on residential solar-plus-storage economics, Utility DIVE

Overheard at the 3rd Annual Energy Storage Policy Forum, RTO Insider

Baker urged to lead on anti-carbon compact changes, wwlp.com

New farmland harvest – solar energy – creating political sparks, The CT Mirror

New Hampshire church hits zoning snag over solar panels, Press Herald

Why Wind Turbines Should Talk to Each Other, Greentech Media

New Campaign Celebrates Growing Renewable Energy Sector, Solar Industry

Connecticut DEEP rejects two utility storage pilots as too costly, Utility DIVE

Chemists improve batteries for renewable energy storage, Phys.Org

Wind Briefly Sets Record as Source for Electricity in US, Climate Central

Alabama company buys closed biomass power plant in northern Maine, Press Herald

Retiring worn-out wind turbines could cost billions that nobody has, Energy Central

Eversource gains approval for 23-acre solar farm on Montague Plains, MassLive.com

Merrimack officials debate solar panel tax exemptions, The Union Leader

Covanta Extends Partnership with Southeastern Connecticut Communities for Sustainable Waste Disposal, Energy Central

FuelCell officials hope proposed legislation will aid energy procurement in Connecticut, Register Citizen

Baker, officials tout solar incentive program, MetroWest Daily News

US grid can handle more offshore wind power, cutting pollution and power costs, Science Daily

Energy Efficiency

How Every State Benefits from Energy Efficiency Standards, Natural Resources Defense Council

Partnership gives cities such as Somerville millions in energy grants, Wicked Local Somerville

Internet of Things helped Connecticut district cut electricity bill by 84%, Education Dive

Energy groups urge Congress to advance efficiency bill, Daily Energy Insider

Greenfield energy department reduces carbon, costs, Going Green

Nuclear

Closure of Vermont Yankee nuclear plant boosted greenhouse gas emissions in New England, MassLive.com

Dominion’s Nuclear ‘Bailout’ a Do-or-Die Moment for Opponents, Bloomberg

Yankee sale may be in ’18, Rutland Herald

Connecticut girds for nuclear power debate as critics line up against Millstone support bill, Utility DIVE

Public input sought on Seabrook nuke plant degradation, Seacoastonline.com

Citizens panel wants help to deal with Vermont Yankee sale, Commons

Endless nuclear power can be found in the seas, EnGadget

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

New Maine Legislation Would Cap Retail Pricing, Energy Manager Today

Local officials, environmentalists raise concerns about EPA under Pruitt, MetroWest Daily News

Senate bill could open the door to ratepayer-funded energy projects, Concord Monitor

Land once targeted for Brockton Power project goes up for sale, WickedLocal

Utility raises concerns on emission targets, CommonWealth Magazine

Eversource reports profit gain on eve of key state hearings, Thehour.com

This outspoken refrigeration technician is LePage’s go-to energy advisor, Press Herald

Eversource Investing $36 Million in Tree Trimming, CapeCod.com

Newton names Ann Berwick as co-director of sustainability, WickedLocal Newton

Mansfield, North Attleboro electric departments oppose new environmental regulations, Sun Chronicle

Editorial/Opinion

As I See It: Accelerating electric vehicle use, Worcester Telegram

How to fight climate change without Washington, Boston Globe

Don’t put customers on the hook for pipeline costs, by Susan Wessels, The Keene Sentinel

Pressure LePage to strengthen RGGI, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

PUC decision cripples Maine solar industry, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

PUC decision confirms ratepayers pay twice, The Maine Wire

Sorry, Coal. Solar Is Where the Jobs Are, Fortune

Wind and solar power are disrupting electricity systems, The Economist

Karl Meyer: Connecticut River power storage plant is an ecological, economic and energy disaster, Vtdigger.org

Maine needs the good-paying jobs nuclear energy provides, Bangor Daily News

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Energy News for week ending February 17, 2017

Happy Friday. This week’s energy news brings us more response to a pipeline study released last week that claims the Access Northeast pipeline will cost twice what proponents claim. According to MassLive, Eversource Energy called the report “a disservice to communities.”

During last week’s ISO-NE energy auction Invenergy’s proposed Burrillville, RI gas plant only managed to sell half its expected capacity. EcoRI reports that Jerry Elmer of the Conservation Law Foundation, said, “the lack of demand for the electricity shows there is more than enough power generation to meet future energy needs and, thus, the proposed Clear River Energy Center is unnecessary and shouldn’t be built.”

But natural gas advocates, should not dismay! The American Gas Association released its 2017 playbook touting all of the benefits that natural gas brings to the US. Specifically, the playbook offers a concise, fact-based narrative detailing how the industry and utilities are helping increase our energy security, improving our environment and boosting our economy.

Lastly, on the gas front, WGBH talks with Governor Baker about how much he can or can’t influence the Weymouth gas compressor station. His response, “In the end, these decisions get made by the federal government.”

In other news, Maine is starting to look like Washington; or is it that Washington is starting to look like Maine? Regardless, the Sun Journal tells us that Gov. LePage is telling utility commissioners to resign over “their absolutely horrendous decision” that rolled back net metering but didn’t eliminate it. And the Bangor Daily News reports he seeks to replace at least one of them with a solar energy critic.

New Hampshire also has its fair share of renewable critics. Utility DIVE reports on legislation that would remove the state from RGGI and repeal the renewables mandate.

Speaking of renewables mandates, MassLive reports that more than 50 Massachusetts lawmakers have signed on to a bill that would require Massachusetts to get all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2035. All of its heating, transportation and other sectors would have to be powered by renewable energy by 2050. No word yet on the cost, but we can look to Vermont where the Energy Collective said a study released this week found its 90 percent renewables mandate would cost $33 billion by 2050. They did the math and found if the US were to adopt Vermont’s 90% RE goal, the capital cost would be $17,316 billion, which is in the same ballpark as the US national debt. Ouch.

There is much more news below. Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Can Gov. Baker Actually Block A Controversial Gas Compressor?, WGBH.org

Is NED pipeline back on the table?, Nashua Telegraph (pay wall)

AGA Releases 2017 Playbook, True Blue Natural Gas

Eversource and activists at odds over latest New England pipeline study, MassLive.com

New report questions need, cost of Access Northeast gas pipeline project, Utility Dive

Reports Conflict on Need for New Gas Power Plant, ecoRI news

Air battle looms over proposed Weymouth compressor station, Wicked Local Weymouth

Pope appears to back native tribes in Dakota Pipeline conflict, Reuters

Company Behind DAPL Reported 69 Accidents, Polluting Rivers in 4 States in Last Two Years, EcoWatch

Fracking Rule Text Disappears From Interior Department Website, EcoWatch

Vt. Gas Takes Financial Hit, Pipeline Protests Continue, Middlebury Campus

Germany largely bans fracking with new laws, Deutsche Welle

Refugio pipeline explosion shakes homes 60 miles away, KHOU.com

Renewable Energy

New Hampshire bills would withdraw state from RGGI, repeal renewables mandate, Utility Dive

Vermont’s 90% Renewable Energy Goal to Cost $33 Billion by 2050, Energy Collective

Wind Power Now Generates More Than 10 Percent of Electricity for 13 States, Power Engineering

State incentives in the offing as more companies, communities adopt solar power, MassLive.com

LePage eyes replacing utilities commissioner with solar energy critic, Bangor Daily News

Gov. Paul LePage urges Maine utility regulators to resign over solar decision, Lewiston Sun Journal

Here’s an early look at how Maine’s biomass bailout money is being spent, Bangor Daily News

Fight over renewable energy comes to New Hampshire, Penn Energy

Trump urged to back offshore, reNews

Vineyard Power vying for offshore wind farm, Cape Cod Times

Deepwater Wind opens Massachusetts office in New Bedford, SouthCoastToday.com

Solar and wind energy propel growth in US renewables, Nature.com

Victory: These Two Cities Just Committed to 100% Renewable Energy, EcoWatch

Environmentalists push for 100% renewable energy use in Massachusetts, MassLive.com

Wind turbines inspired by insect wings are 35% more efficient, Science Magazine

US Solar Surged 95% to Become Largest Source of New Energy, Bloomberg

UPS Announces $18 Million Investment In Onsite Solar Energy, 5x Onsite Solar Growth, CleanTechnica

Governor’s letter to Trump — Support solar and wind energy, Digital Journal

Companies Collaborates with Beaumont Solar on New 680,305 sq ft LEED Certified Headquarters, Incorporating a 2.2 Megawatt Solar System, Energy Central

The crisis at Oroville Dam, explained, Vox.com

Energy Efficiency

Portman-Shaheen Energy Efficiency Bill Reintroduced in Senate, Lexology

Report: HI, CT, MA, RI, and AK Households Save Most On Overall Utility Bills Due To Appliance Standards, (Press Release), Appliance Standards Awareness Project

Carbon-Cutting Success Stories, (Report) Environment Maine

Massachusetts Green Communities Program Continues to Grow, Energy Manager Today

An Energy Storage Target for Massachusetts: Go Bigger, Bellwether?, Microgrid Knowledge

Vermont Churches Awarded Grants for Energy Audits, vtdigger.org

National Grid launches its first commercial & industrial demand response program, Utility DIVE

Nuclear

Entergy Addresses Critical Report (video), ‘The Take’ NECN

Connecticut lawmakers again asked to consider nuclear energy, New Haven Register

Federal application filed for Vermont Yankee sale, vtdigger.org

Pilgrim nuclear power plant back online after shutdown, The Boston Globe

Public hearings planned on proposed Vermont Yankee sale, The Keene Sentinel

NRC starts comment clock on Seabrook amendment to rent extension, The Daily News of Newburyport

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Rules to cut carbon emissions in Mass. may increase them in New England, critics say, Boston Globe

New review is critical of Northern Pass project, The Union Leader

Massachusetts Plans to Identify Microgrid Opportunities Statewide, Microgrid Knowledge

Prices plummet in ISO-NE capacity auction, raising questions about new generation plans, Utility Dive

Expanded Use Of EVs in CT, MA, MD, NY & PA Could Yield “Multi-Billions” in Savings and Benefits, CleanTechnica

Plymouth triangle lot could produce new revenue (underwater cables), Wicked Local Plymouth

Utilidata, National Grid announce Volt/VAR optimization project, Electric Light & Power

Energy executives, secretive nonprofit raise money to back Pruitt, Politico

Citing ownership change, Brockton Power asks for six-month permit extension, Enterprise

Brady to state board: Deny Brockton Power 4th extension after it sat out auction, Enterprise

Editorial/Opinion

Power Precursor, New Hampshire Magazine

Reviving the Keystone Pipeline is one of Trump’s foolish acts, Ricentral.com

Eversource solar hikes unwarranted, CommonWealth Magazine

Commentary: PUC’s mishandling of solar rules will hurt industry, utilities and ratepayers, Press Herald

Letter to the editor: SMCC is all talk, no action on renewable energy future, Press Herald

Markey, Kennedy Statement on Results of New England Electricity Capacity Auction #11, Energy Central

Ronald C. DeCurzio: Massachusetts municipal utilities doing their part to reach clean energy milestones, MassLive

Letter to the Editor: Unnecessary pipeline project would do damage, New Haven Register

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Energy News for week ending February 3, 2017

Good afternoon. It’s Super Bowl Weekend! With that in mind let’s start off with a fun infographic from Penn Energy that describes what it would take for certain types of renewable energy to power a 60 inch plasma for the duration of the game. Any guesses on the number of potato batteries required?

In other news, MassLive reports that Senators Markey and Warren have asked FERC to rescind the Atlantic Bridge pipeline, but they may be out of luck with their request. Why you ask? Well it seems that despite “loving pipelines” the Washington Post reports that Trump’s personnel moves at FERC left them without a quorum, pretty much stopping them from getting anything done any time soon.

There was a lot of solar news this week from all around the region. The Union Leader reports the largest solar array in New England is planned in Hinsdale, NH – 65 MW total. Eversource, according to CommonWealth Magazine, is seeking higher fees on customers with solar. Bob Rio, writing on the AIM Blog says Massachusetts’ new solar subsidy program “gets it right.” And in Maine, Greentech Media reports that solar customers are going to receive lower bill credits.

Lastly, the NRC tells the Boston Globe that Pilgrim Nuclear in Plymouth is safe. In fact, it can refuel this spring and remain in operation until their planned shutdown date in May 2019.

Have a great weekend. And, Go Pats!

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Trump loves pipelines. But he just accidentally froze a bunch of them, Washington Post

Sens. Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren call on FERC to rescind Atlantic Bridge natural gas pipeline authorization, MassLive

Burrillville seeks more time to analyze Invenergy proposal, Valley Breeze

Rhode Island GOP leader asks Trump to jumpstart pipeline, Greeneville Sun

Ruling on Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal may be delayed, Danville Advocate

Tax hike to be on Rehoboth ballot, The Sun Chronicle

New analysis suggests ways for landowners to limit fracking and mineral extraction without regulations, Stanford University News

Florida Fracking Ban Bill Draws Bipartisan Support, InsideClimate News

New data: Pipeline leaks caused by human error are increasing, Digital Journal

US energy official’s resignation not expected to change Spectra decision, The Patriot Ledger

Renewable Energy

Super Bowl and the Environment: A fun look at renewable energy, Penn Energy

Net Metering: Energy Providers Clash On Cap, Utility Rates, New Hampshire Public Radio

Future of clean energy investment fund uncertain, VTdigger.org

Mass. Town To See Savings With Large Rooftop Solar Project, Solar Industry Magazine

Eversource seeks higher fees on customers with solar, Commonwealth Magazine

Solar Groups Praise Massachusetts’ Continued Support Of Incentives, Solar Industry Magazine

New solar plan cuts subsidies in half, CommonWealth magazine

Wind costs heading in the right direction, Windpower Monthly

Wind Turbines Blow Past Energy Records in Denmark, Popular Mechanics

Wind lender backs away from coal, Windpower Monthly

Proposed solar project in Hinsdale could be largest in New England. Union Leader

Maine Solar Customers to Receive Lower Bill Credits Starting in 2018, Greentech Media

Renewable Energy & Energy Storage To Expand Hand-In-Hand In Emerging Markets, Concludes World Bank, CleanTechnica

US Clean Energy Jobs Surpass Fossil Fuel Employment, Natural Resources Defense Council

Maine PUC tries to strike balance in phased reduction of NEM credit, Utility DIVE

UNH research: Trump voters don’t believe humans affecting climate, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Solar Policy Actions Spiked in 2016, With a Focus on Net Metering, Greentech Media

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Massachusetts Inks Community Solar Deal, Solar Industry Magazine

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency Program Expanded To Burlington Homeowners, WAMC

RI Environmental Activists Ponder Being Trumped, ecoRI news

Vermont Gas, BED launch residential energy efficiency program, Vermont Biz

A small efficiency experiment with big results, Rutland Herald

Energy savings and sustainable practices not out of reach midwinter, Bangor Daily News

Nuclear

Feds allow Pilgrim nuclear plant to remain open, BostonGlobe.com

Vermont Yankee decommissioning panel seeks more local reps, The Recorder

Vermont Yankee to move fuel in spring, vtdigger.org

Seabrook petition seeks to roll back impact fees, The Daily News of Newburyport

AARP wants disclosure, protections for ratepayers in Millstone bill, theday.com

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

‘Fuel security’ tops ISO New England’s challenges: CEO, Platts

National Grid Helps Drive Massachusetts Toward a Clean Energy Future, (press release) Justmeans.com

NH Supreme Court upholds Northern Pass access decision, The Union Leader

Regional Power Manager Warns of Future Grid Vulnerabilities In New England, WSHU

National Grid proposes added electricity rate reduction in R.I., beginning April 1, Fall River Herald News

An aging Maine power plant and nearby battery illuminate New England’s energy challenges, Bangor Daily News

NH’s high electricity costs threaten state economy, Seacoastonline.com

Vermonters spend less on electricity, despite high rates, BurlingtonFreePress.com

ICYMI: Electric Aggregation Coming To Sudbury Soon, Patch.com

Maine legislative committee questions electricity program staff, Bangor Daily News

Editorial/Opinion

New Solar Subsidy Program Gets it Right, AIM Blog

ViewPoint: Energy costs are costing New England companies, Boston Business Journal (paywall)

“Fitness for Purpose” Obligations for the Offshore Wind Sector, POWER magazine

Letter to the Editor: Regional emissions-cutting program saves money, lives, report shows, New Haven Register

‘Trump Can’t Stop Renewables Energy Growth At Home Or Abroad’, Forbes

Build the pipeline, not the wall, The Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Maine Compass: Biomass power benefits Maine, CentralMaine.com

Stalled federal policy hurts NH biomass, NHBR

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Energy News for week ending January 27, 2017

Good afternoon. TGIF. Focusing on some good news this week, let’s start with Columbia Gas of Massachusetts getting praised by environmental activists for its “aggressive” work on reducing gas leaks (MassLive).  Second, also from MassLive, President Trump has appointed Massachusetts’ own Cheryl LaFleur to lead FERC – at least for the time being.

Depending on where you stand on the issue – this may be good or bad news – FERC approved Spectra’s Weymouth gas compression station (Patch.com) – but those who aren’t happy are calling on Governor Baker to block it (Wicked Local Weymouth).

Speaking of compression stations, State Rep. Paul Heroux has filed legislation blocking a similar project in Rehoboth (Sun Chronicle). In fact, nearly 6,000 bills were filed for the current legislative session in MA. Among them is one that would require phasing out fossil fuels across all sectors, including heating and transportation, and moving to all renewables by 2050 (Solar Industry).

Two more items of note, Eversource proposed $100M worth of energy storage for MA (Microgrid Knowledge) and Utility DIVE reports that the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy finds organized power markets save about $3 billion annually in generation costs, largely by ensuring lowest-cost units are dispatched when needed.

Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Columbia Gas pledges more aggressive program to go after pipe leaks, gaining praise from community activists, MassLive

Climate Activists Praise Shift In Gas Leak Repair Practices, WAMC

Power & Gas Index: 8 regional charts show the link between gas and electricity markets, Utility DIVE

Heroux files legislation to block Rehoboth gas compression station, The Sun Chronicle

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Gives Spectra Compressor Station OK, Patch.com

Pipeline opponents convince selectmen to rescind approval, Community Advocate

Natural gas prices rise as inventory decreases, FuelFix

Water Use Contested At Special Providence Council Meeting, Rhode Island Public Radio

National Grid withdraws pipeline tax proposal, Ricentral.com

Hidden Data Suggests Fracking Created Widespread, Systemic Impact in Pennsylvania, Public Herald

US LNG exports shift to Europe from Asia, Reuters

Feds: Natural Gas Leaking From Pipeline in Gulf of Mexico, ABC News

Governor urged to oppose compressor station project in Weymouth, Wicked Local Weymouth

Renewable Energy

Mass. Legislators Propose 100% Renewable Energy Mandate, Solar Industry

Uncertainty for wind, solar advocates, The Providence Journal

Road map for struggling biomass industry?, Mainebiz

UConnPIRG’s “lead” campaign strives to create renewable energy future for CT, UConn Daily Campus

Eversource proposes solar array on farmland in Hadley, MassLive.com

LIPA to vote on $740M wind farm project off Rhode Island, Newsday

Home of World’s Biggest Wind Turbine Maker Bypasses Trump Sphere, Bloomberg

Gov stands for dams, Kennebunk Post

Deepwater Wind’s NY Offshore Project On The Verge Of Approval, North American Windpower

Trump orders EPA to remove web page on climate change, says report, CNET

Carbon Tax Among Top Priorities For Environment Council Of RI, Rhode Island Public Radio

Going solar may mean going slower in Vermont, Watchdog.org

Maine’s $13M bailout of biomass plants will mean jobs, but at a cost of $23,700 each, Bangor Daily News

Energy Efficiency

Waltham Company Awarded $50K for Clean Energy Project, Waltham Patch

One of Trump’s First Actions in Office? Stop New Energy Efficiency Standards, Greentech Media

Brandon Sorbom: Designing a fusion future, MIT News

Energy-efficient design, MIT News

School committee talks energy efficiency, Ricentral.com

New program looks to make Mattapoisett more energy efficient, Sippican Week

Environmental groups want more done on clean energy, mass transit, wwlp.com

Nuclear

Millstone Wants Access to Bigger Markets for its Electricity, Hartford Courant

Vermont Yankee buyer lobbies for feds’ blessing, vtdigger.org

State requests hearing on Yankee sale, Rutland Herald

Nuclear dilemma: Plants age, risks rise in wake of failed energy push, Columbia Daily Tribune

NRC to Discuss Pilgrim Inspection Findings Next Week, CapeCod.com News

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Trump picks Massachusetts native Cheryl LaFleur to lead Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, MassLive

Balsams developers says $2M loan not tied to support of Northern Pass project, Berlin Daily Sun

Connecticut Fuel Cell Microgrid Project Reaches Milestone, Microgrid Knowledge

Proposal aims to reduce utility tax bill, Seacoastonline.com

Study: Deregulated power markets save $3B annually, Utility DIVE

ISO-NE Scarcity Rules Unfair to Generators, FERC Says, RTO Insider

House again passes Kennedy’s energy rates bill, Fall River Herald News

Eversource Proposes $100M for Energy Storage in Massachusetts, Microgrid Knowledge

AG Healey speaks out against Eversource rate hike, GazetteNET

Needham residents push for alternate route for Eversource project, Wicked Local Needham

SPECIAL REPORT: Energy landscape undergoes major changes, Wicked Local Weymouth

Power plant would need 16k gallons of water a day, Johnston Sun Rise

Editorial/Opinion

U.S. Solar Energy Employs More People Than Oil, Coal And Gas Combined, (infographic) Forbes

Your View: What is fracking?, SouthCoastToday.com

We need an insurance policy for climate change, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Business Resolve On Climate Action Is More Urgent Than Ever, Forbes

Will Offshore Wind Continue To Grow Under Trump?, OilPrice.com

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