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Energy News for week ending June 30, 2017

Happy Friday everyone!

Gas stories abound this week. First, CommonWealth Magazine brings us the news that the companies involved in the Access Northeast Pipeline are putting the project on hold. According to the story, company officials said the project was being withdrawn from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s pre-filing review process and would not be revived until “gaps in legal authority” are addressed. Its backers said the region needed more access to gas, particularly in the winter months, when prices rise and backup coal and oil-fired plants are rushed into service to meet the region’s power needs.

Earlier in the week, The Recorder’s Going Green blog wrote about Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas subsidiary “open season” filing seeking bids from gas distribution companies and other customers for a new pipeline in the region. The past couple of weeks have also brought us two reports on the benefits of natural gas. The API’s report looks at all 50 states, while the Northeast Gas Association directs its attention specifically on Massachusetts.

Last tidbit for this week comes from Microgrid Knowledge in an article that demonstrates bigger is not necessary better, at least when it comes to grid reliability according to two reports from the Brattle Group and the Analysis Group.  The studies find renewables are not jeopardizing reliability and the very idea of ‘baseload’ — power plants that run almost all the time — may be antiquated, given today’s mix of flexible, software-driven power resources.

Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Access Northeast pipeline put on indefinite hold, CommonWealth Magazine

Gubernatorial candidates join compressor station opposition, Berkshire Eagle

Native Americans to fight FERC over pipeline work, Berkshire Eagle

98-year-old Northampton peace activist Frances Crowe faces trespassing charge after Berkshire pipeline protest, MassLive.com

8 protesters arrested at Massachusetts gas pipeline project, Boston.com

Kinder Morgan pitches future natural gas pipeline capacity in New York, New England, MassLive.com

Risk assessment requested for Weymouth compressor station site, Wicked Local Weymouth

Eversource invests $3.5M in Danbury’s natural gas system, CT Post

‘Victory’: Irish Lawmakers Ban Fracking | Common Dreams, Common Dreams

Study of oil and gas drilling finds pollution and connections to earthquakes, Houston Chronicle

Judge’s DAPL Ruling, Reckless Spill Record Pushes Pipeline Company’s Shares Below $20 for First Time, EcoWatch

‘Open season’ filed to gauge natural gas market, Going Green

Climate Change

WBUR Poll Finds A Sharp Increase In Concern About Climate Change Among Mass. Voters, WBUR

These experts say we have three years to get climate change under control. And they’re the optimists., Washington Post

Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Climate Leadership Starts with RGGI, Natural Resources Defense Council

Renewable Energy

RGGI mulling ‘cocktail’ of price-boosting measures as review’s end draws closer, Carbon Pulse

Ashland: Citizens Energy takes a shine to Nyanza site, MetroWest Daily News

Solar Energy Compromise Heads to LePage With Enough Support to Withstand Veto, Maine Public

Onshore wind development slow but steady as offshore plan advances, Mainebiz

New Bedford hoping to catch renewable energy wave, South Coast Today

DONG Energy Inaugurates 582 Megawatt Gode Wind I & 2 Offshore Wind Farms, CleanTechnica

Green Farmland Or Green Energy? Deepwater Wind Brings Debate To Connecticut, Rhode Island Public Radio

Was America’s First Offshore Wind Farm Unfairly Blamed For A Whale’s Death?, HuffPost

Wind Energy Has Officially Become Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels, Futurism

Is Offshore Wind Power Riding a Rising Tide?, The National Law Review

Simsbury Debates Trade Off Between Green Farmland And Green Energy, WNPR News

Citing ‘Hughes v. Talen,’ court rejects challenge to Connecticut’s renewable RFP, Utility Dive

Rooftop solar power gets a boost, mostly, from new PUC ruling, Concord Monitor

Marine Conservationist On New England’s Potential To Harness Energy From Ocean Tides, Rhode Island Public Radio

A Fight Over the Electric Grid Could Reshape America’s Green Power Boom, TIME

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $960,000 for Clean Energy Education Program, Energy Central

Yarmouth pours energy into going green, Cape Cod Times

Massachusetts Regulators Direct Utilities to Shorten Offshore Wind Bid Evaluation Timeline, Renewable Energy World

New Rules for Wind Turbines Delayed in Vermont, Energy Central

New Hampshire regulators approve new net metering tariffs, Utility Dive

Falmouth selectmen weigh financial impact of turbine shutdown, Cape Cod Times

New Hampshire Shines In Solar Compromise, Solar Industry

Energy Efficiency

A second attack on the energy efficiency program at the General Assembly poised to pass, RI Future

South Burlington residents save six percent on electric, vtdigger.org

Energy Efficiency Deserves Center Stage During President’s Energy Week, Energy Collective

Greenfield receives state funding for energy efficiency, wwlp.com


Nuclear Can Be Friends With Renewables—If It’s Modular, Greentech Media

Millstone Owner To Assess Shutting Down Nuclear Plant, Hartford Courant

NRC: Entergy served notice of violation ‘with willful intent’, The Recorder

Millstone owners not giving up on lucrative legislation, CT Post

ISO-NE lays out retirement options for Dominion’s Millstone nuke, Utility Dive


Hudson, Sudbury, Stow OK’d to intervene in Eversource power line case, MetroWest Daily News

Regional energy plan approved by state DPS, Bennington Banner

AMS in partnership with Southern Company subsidiary, gets Massachusetts peak load reduction grant, Energy Storage News

Massachusetts Energy Reliability Awareness Campaign, Northeast Gas Association

Northern Pass Clears Another Regulatory Hurdle, New Hampshire Public Radio

President Trump’s budget would put communities living near oil and gas at risk, Environmental Defense Fund

Bigger is Not Better: Grid Modernization and the Antiquated Concept of ‘Baseload,’ Microgrid Knowledge

Melrose Community Electricity Aggregation program update, Wicked Local Melrose

Eversource details impact of proposed rate shift, Berkshire Eagle

CT Siting Council to Return to Greenwich for Public Hearing on Eversource Proposed Substation, Greenwich Free Press

Hudson ConCom Commission says preferred Eversource power line route would hurt environment, MetroWest Daily News

New Brattle study touts flexible grid, dismisses ‘baseload’ hype, Utility Dive

New York expected to set high bar for energy storage after target bill passage, Utility Dive


Opinion: It’s nonsense to say fracking can be made safe, whatever guidelines we come up with, Phys.Org

Legislature Should Revive Millstone Bill, Hartford Courant

Commentary: Ideology shouldn’t trump practical solutions, LePage energy adviser says, Press Herald

Don’t Sweep Utility Funds Into General Budget, Hartford Courant

Opinion: Renew push for pricing carbon, BurlingtonFreePress.com

Round three on renewable energy, CommonWealth Magazine


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Energy news for week ending March 25

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Energy News for week ending November 14, 2014

Climate Change

The US-China Climate Deal Was Inspired by the Charles River’s Pollution, Boston.com, November 13, 2014

Preparing for Climate Change–WHOI Scientists Get Million Dollar MacArthur Grant, capecodwave.com, November 13, 2014

Federal funds awarded to protect coastal watershed, Jamestown Press, (RI), November 12, 2014

Climate deal surprises after secret negotiations, AP Boston Herald, November 12, 2014

Hingham receives climate change grant, Wicked Local Hingham, November 7, 2014

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Pipeline foes to gather Saturday in Fitchburg, Telegram & Gazette, November 14, 2014

Kinder Morgan Proposes Alternative Pipeline Routes; Postpones Public Meetings, ABC40 (Springfield, MA), November 13, 2014

Landowners in Monkton rebuff Vt. Gas offers for easements, Addison County Independent, November 13, 2014

Don’t treat natural gas addiction with new pipelines, (opinion) CommonWealth Magazine, November 12, 2014

Vermont Gas named 2014 FCIDC Business of the Year, VTdigger.org, November 10, 2014

Governor-elect Charlie Baker talks casinos, Kinder Morgan Pipeline, The Republican, masslive.com, November 7, 2014

Renewable Energy/Efficiency

First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Stimulates Job Creation, The Maritime Executive, November 13, 2014

Solar arrays save money, create jobs, Wicked Local Chelmsford, November 9, 2014

Markets/ISO New England/Grid/Policy/Etc.

Patrick administration gets dragged into court by environmental group, Boston Business Journal, November 13, 2014

Crafting an energy bill, CommonWealth Magazine, November 13, 2014

Rising electric costs could crush NH economy, (opinion) New Hampshire Business Review, November 13, 2014

The multimillion dollar question, southcoasttoday.com, November 12, 2014

FERC staff says Canadian producer cheated ISO-NE for millions, Utility Dive, November 12, 2014

City council subcommittee will study Northern Pass impact in Concord, Concord Monitor, November 10, 2014

CL&P, citing gas line woes, seeks rate hike, Norwich Bulletin, November 10, 2014

Northeast Utilities earnings up 12% on increased transmission services, Utility Dive, November 10, 2014

Business Concerns Drive Energy-Related Lawsuits, Connecticut Law Tribune, November 9, 2014

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Energy news for week ending October 17, 2014

Winter Prices

Massachusetts Gets $132M For Heating Assistance, CBS Local, October 16, 2014

Legislators push back on planned electric rate hikes, The Recorder (Greenfield, MA), October 14, 2014 (can be read for free but need to register)

Letter: The price of ‘no’, Concord Monitor, October 12, 2014

Oil, natural gas prices confound Mass. homeowners, WCVB Boston, October 11, 2014

Column: Why Electric Rates Are Rising, Valley News (NH), October 11, 2014

Natural Gas

Rising cost of electricity fuels debate over need for Tennessee Gas Pipeline, Daily Hampshire Gazette, October 16, 2014

Patrick administration launches review of state’s natural gas needs, Boston Business Journal, October 15, 2014

Study: Natural gas surge won’t slow global warming, CT Post, October 15, 2014

Oil dealers lawsuit: CT’s nat gas-expansion violates environmental laws, Hartford Business, October 10, 2014

Nuclear Energy

Balancing facts vs. fears, Pilgrim must stay open (opinion), Cape Cod Times, October 16, 2014

40-year Yankee employee reflects on his career, Brattleboro Reformer, October 16, 2014

The failure of the energy marketplace, Commons (VT), Opinion, October 12, 2014

Entergy executive praises VY staff, pledges transparency, Brattleboro Reformer, October 11, 2014

Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency

Existing Nuclear Power Plants May Be Renewable Energy’s Best Friend, Forbes, October 17, 2014

Vermont described as a pioneer renewable energy, SFGate, October 16, 2014

Portsmouth sees wind power deal for school turbine, Turn to 10 (RI), October 15, 2014

Rhode Island renewables legislation advances development, use of hydropower, HydroWorld, October 15, 2014

GMP grants worth upwards of $160000 available for solar development at non-profits, Vermont Biz, October 14, 2014

Could Initial Offshore Wind Projects Crash New England’s REC Market?, North American Windpower, October 14, 2014

Net metering booms in Vermont, vtdigger.org, October 14, 2014

Solar Power Becoming Better Bargain in RI, ecoRI news, October 13, 2014

Markets/ISO New England/Grid/Policy/Misc.

New Hampshire PUC launches review of affiliate transaction rules, Platts, October 16, 2014

Governor candidates on the issues: Energy, Portland Press Herald, October 16, 2014

After Massachusetts’ ‘Godfather Of Solar’ Exits, Will The New Gov. Step Up?, Solar Industry, October 16, 2014

Patrick’s energy policies under criticism, Boston Globe, October 11, 2014

ISO New England faces challenges to electrical grid, The Patriot Ledger, October 10, 2014

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Energy news week ending October 3, 2014

Natural Gas

Their Opinion: About natural gas, questions remain, Brattleboro Reformer, October 1, 2014

PUC staff: Maine electricity ratepayers shouldn’t be charged for natural gas pipeline expansion, Portland Press Herald, October 1, 2014

Pittsfield Mayor Daniel Bianchi, local firms back Tennessee Gas pipeline project, Berkshire Eagle, October 1, 2014

NH Energy Summit takeaway: expect natural gas spikes, New Hampshire Business Review, September 30, 2014

Electric Rates Soar in ‘Stranded’ New England, US News & World Report, September 29, 2014

Companies providing ‘virtual pipeline’ for natural gas, Boston Globe, September 26, 2014

Nuclear Energy

Closing Vermont Nuclear Bad Business For Everyone, Forbes, September 29, 2014

Entergy outlines post-shutdown plans for Vermont Yankee, Bennington Banner, September 26, 2014

Renewables/Energy Efficiency

Smaller-Scale Wind Power Silently Spins Ahead, ecoRI News, October 1, 2014

Dedication ceremony held for the ‘largest solar development’ in New England, Renewable Energy Focus, September 30, 2014

Patrick touts continued clean energy sector job growth, wwlp.com, September 29, 2014

Offshore Winds Soon to Power Cape Cod: Part I, Huffington Post (blog), September 29, 2014

Markets/ISO New England/Misc.

Climate response progressive and reactionary, (opinion) BurlingtonFreePress.com, October 2, 2014

ISO New England backs Northfield Mountain pumping increase, The Recorder (Greenfield, MA) September 30, 2014

As Electricity Prices Rise, Policy Makers Ponder Solutions, New Hampshire Public Radio, September 29, 2014

N.H. utilities seek major rate hikes, Eagle-Tribune, September 27, 2014

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