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Energy News for week ending April 13, 2018

Billions needed | Sometime in May | Horror Story

Happy Friday afternoon.

Let’s start off with a climate change story from today’s Boston Globe that shows the region is in for some serious costs when it comes to climate change mitigation. Globe reporter Milton Valencia writes, “A report to be released Friday by the University of Massachusetts points to the challenges the city and the region face in funding solutions to combat climate change, with local neighborhood projects expected to amount to $2.4 billion…A separate UMass team is looking at the feasibility and usefulness of a 4-mile barrier wall that would be constructed in the Boston Harbor that could protect the city’s coastal areas from storm surges. Estimates for that project range from $7 billion to $15 billion.”

One of Massachusetts’ efforts to increase the amount of renewable energy to combat climate change will be a bit delayed. From South Coast Today, “A decision on the state’s first offshore wind contract could come in May, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday. ‘That decision will probably happen, I’m guessing, sometime in May,’ Baker said during a stop at The Standard-Times while he was visiting the South Coast. ‘If the date slips, it will slip a little; it won’t slip a lot.’”

What do you think – is it a horror story here or is this just a bunch of hyperbole? A story from the Washington Examiner states, “New England is struggling to keep the lights on as it pursues aggressive clean energy goals, a dilemma that is so troublesome that the region’s power grid operator warns of blackouts if something doesn’t change. ‘I am getting nervous in New England,’ said Robert Powelson, a Republican commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees wholesale power markets, during a recent event hosted by the American Council on Renewable Energy. ‘It is almost like a horror story.’”

OK – that’s the recap for this week. You can find more news and events at Northeast Energy News.

Enjoy the long weekend (if you’re fortunate to have the day off). And here’s wishing good luck to all those running Monday’s Boston Marathon.

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Whitehouse preps bill directing study, pilot program for natural gas demand response, Utility Dive

Final Hearings Begin For Proposed Natural Gas Power Plant In Burrillville, Rhode Island Public Radio

Burrillville, Invenergy settle dispute over alleged misrepresentations about power plant proposal, The Providence Journal

Witness: Burrillville plant could cost ratepayers $14M more, The Providence Journal

What Will It Take to Keep Up With Shale Gas Boom? $170 Billion, Bloomberg

Prometheus Energy And National Grid Complete A Successful Winter Peaking Project In Rhode Island, Oil and Gas Online

Natural Gas Expansion Project Underway In Darien, Patch.com

 

Renewables Policy/Climate Change/RGGI

UMass report cautions billions needed for local climate change preparations, Boston Globe

RGGI states call for tighter cap, consistent language in Virginia cap-and-trade programme, Carbon Pulse

Carbon taxes could make significant dent in climate change, study finds, MIT News

Federal Power Rules Threaten New England Renewable Energy, Natural Resources Defense Council

How The New England Aquarium Seeks To Urge Visitors To Act On Climate Change, WNPR News

Advocates ask Red Sox to go green, Metro US

Apple’s Entire Business Is Now Being Powered With Clean Energy, Bloomberg

Exeter town council tables hearings on renewable energy, RICentral.com

 

Wind

Baker: Offshore wind decision likely in May, South Coast Today

24-MW New Jersey Offshore Wind Farm May Be Online By 2020, Renewable Energy World

Fishing industry wants limits, delay on offshore wind rollout, Worcester Business Journal

Vineyard Wind plans operations facility on island, Cape Cod Times

The Biggest Problem for Offshore Wind in the United States Might Be the Ports, gcaptain.com

Hoping for a state contract, Bay State Wind offers more than $2 million in environmental research grants, SouthCoastToday.com

President Trump Expands Wind Leases Off Martha’s Vineyard, The Vineyard Gazette – Martha’s Vineyard News

UMass Dartmouth to study economic impact of offshore wind on Bay State, Boston Business Journal

The US Wind Sector Toasts Trump’s New Love of Offshore, Greentech Media

To See Offshore Wind Energy’s Future, Look on Shore – in Massachusetts, InsideClimate News

Fishing Industry Wants New Bedford Port Authority to Facilitate Offshore Wind, wbsm.com

 

Solar

Westport Announces New Partnership With Windham Solar, LLC, Patch.com

Rain won’t go through solar panels, so Concord plan gets nixed, Concord Monitor

Massachusetts Nonprofit Makes The Switch To Solar, Solar Industry

Solar Incentives to be Phased Out in Maine, Power Engineering

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

A Plug for Plug Load: NY Needs Appliance Efficiency Standard, Natural Resources Defense Council

Town Meeting says ‘no’ to stretch code, Wicked Local Falmouth

Building Energy Codes Can REV Up NYS Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Defense Council

America Leads Global Energy Storage Development, But China’s Catching Up, Greentech Media

Estimating the Value of Energy Efficiency to Reduce Wholesale Energy Price Volatility, (Report) ACEEE

 

Nuclear

NRC Wants More Financial Details Before Approving Vermont Yankee Sale, VPR

New Jersey Takes a Big Step Toward Renewable Energy (and Nuclear Gets Help, for Now), New York Times

Nuclear Regulatory Commission OKs repairs to Indian Point reactor after leak, The Journal News | LoHud.com

Riverkeeper pledges legal action against efforts to replace Indian Point energy with gas, The Journal News | LoHud.com

Budget Plan Allocates $24 Million for Closing Power Plants ,Westchester Magazine

Feds OK emergency planning changes at Vermont Yankee, Brattleboro Reformer

As Fossil Fuels Melt the Planet, Could Climate Change Cause a Nuclear Meltdown?, Climate Science Watch

Environmentalists split on letting carbon-free nuclear power die, Washington Examiner

First Small-Scale Nuclear Reactor May Be Just Eight Years Away, Bloomberg

Lawmakers, advisory panel plot Pilgrim’s future, Cape Cod Times

 

EVs

Volkswagen’s Dieselgate Settlement Billions Are Funding Electric Vehicle Charging Corridors. Can They Help Overcome Range Anxiety?, The Energy Collective

Why PG&E, National Grid and Enel are charging up to power EVs, GreenBiz

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Report: Worcester, Springfield top Massachusetts cities for inflated ‘competitive supply’ electricity rates, MassLive

CMP’s Kennebec River Gorge deal never came to fruition, Maine Public

Rick Perry: Emergency Action May Not Be the Way to Save Coal and Nuclear, Greentech Media

NYPA proposes rebuilding North-South transmission lines to bolster renewable energy, Utility Dive

New Hampshire utility proposes virtual power plant with Tesla Powerwalls, Utility Dive

Independent audit of soaring CMP bills may not yield answers until end of this year, Press Herald

Tesla delivered massive batch of 2,000 Powerwalls to Vermont electric utility, only ~10% installed, Electrek

Document: 97000 accounts part of Central Maine Power investigation, WABI

New England faces ‘horror story’ of expensive power, Washington Examiner

MISO states push for authority over DER in electricity markets at FERC meeting, Utility Dive

Franklin County: National Grid gouged broadband fund, Glens Falls Post-Star

Eversource: Connecticut customers’ data not compromised in cyberattack, New Haven Register

New Transformer Will Enhance Reliability for Eversource Customers, Londonderry News

Independents and Utilities at Odds Over Who Builds Microgrids in Maryland, Microgrid Knowledge

NYPA continues digital transformation as New York funds grid upgrades, Utility Dive

 

Editorial/Opinion

Hats off to North Attleboro, Mansfield electric departments, Sun Chronicle

Go bigger with offshore wind procurement, CommonWealth Magazine

Turbines Not By-Right Use – Letter, Capenews.net

Tom Sullivan: Environmental activists ignore energy security realities, Concord Monitor

Letter: New England needs solar and hydro, Concord Monitor

Opposition to power plant is widespread, Valley Breeze

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Energy News for week ending November 10, 2017

FERC Needs Changes | No Safety Hazard | MA Auto Recyclers Reduce CO2

Welcome to this week’s Energy News. Let’s jump in.

Utility Dive dug into a white paper by the Analysis Group that proposed changes to how gas pipeline projects before the FERC are considered and approved. They write, “The group’s concern is that the market could develop excess capacity, in turn stranding investments. ‘Some industry observers are increasingly concerned about the potential to overbuild capacity on the interstate system in light of anticipated transitions in the nation’s energy system in the future,’ the firm wrote. ‘And there are growing questions about FERC’s balancing of public benefits versus adverse consequences in the context of case-by-case review of applications.’ The paper was commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council.”

Following up on last week’s stories about Columbia Gas’ projects in Western MA, MassLive reports that Ludlow “town fire and public safety officials see no danger in Columbia Gas of Massachusetts’ plan to build a facility here to provide better access to the interstate Tennessee Gas Pipeline. The town has only had preliminary meetings with Columbia Gas, said Longmeadow Town Manager Stephen Crane. But in the interest of improving gas service to residents sees no reason to reject Columbia Gas’ plans.”

Last for this week is good news out of WPI which conducted a study to see if automotive recyclers were helping the state reduce carbon emissions. Recycling International reports the study was commissioned by the Automotive Recyclers of Massachusetts and the results demonstrated ARM is reducing the state’s carbon footprint by at least 2.2 million tons of CO2 each year.

As always, be sure to check out Northeast Energy News for more stories and events. Stay warm and have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Analysis Group: Time for FERC to consider changes to gas pipeline siting, Utility Dive

Massachusetts lawmakers press for law banning ‘pipeline tax,’ Utility Dive

Baker refuses to disavow new pipeline capacity, CommonWealth Magazine

Energy pipelines are on ice, but Baker is still getting heat on natural gas, Boston Globe

Longmeadow: No public safety hazard in Columbia Gas proposal, MassLive

ISO-NE Bars Invenergy Plant from FCA 12, RTO Insider

Bipartisan legislators push for gas industry reforms, Wicked Local Burlington

Concerns raised about utilities’ natural gas dependence, vtdigger.org

EIA: Pennsylvania’s natural gas production reaches new high, WorldOil

Ohio sues developer behind Dakota Access Pipeline over pollution issues, ThinkProgress

Environmentalists just gained a new enemy in the fight against natural gas pipelines, ThinkProgress

How Dominion Energy, Fracked Gas Giant, Lost Big in Virginia Election, DeSmog

Congress, Big Oil Collude to Charge Anti-Pipeline Activists as Domestic Terrorists, Mintpress News

Renewable Energy

Bourne Tidal Turbine Test Site Becomes A Reality, CapeNews.net/Bourne Enterprise

Powerline: NHPR Series Looks at Origins of Clean Energy in New England, NHPR

ISO: Solar, wind help power New England, Hartford Business

What The House GOP Tax Plan Could Mean For Renewable Energy, Solar Industry

The geopolitical implications of renewable energy, Business Insider

100% Renewable Electricity to Power the World by 2050? It’s Happening, Study Says, EcoWatch

Offshore wind Jones Act vessel study released, (press release) Windpower Engineering

Chilmark selectmen won’t endorse Bay State Wind project, MV Times

New Democratic Governor in New Jersey Could Ignite State’s Offshore Wind Sector, Renewable Energy News

Energy Efficiency

Alliance to Save Energy president testifies against proposed changes to ENERGY STAR Program, Daily energy Insider

Energy Efficiency: Bipartisan Solution That Needs Support, Natural Resources Defense Council

South Portland business owner plans to open ‘green’ car and dog wash, Press Herald

Lincoln resident drops energy bill through Mass Save, Wicked Local Lincoln

Could stretch codes supercharge the green building marketplace,? GreenBiz.com

How car recyclers in one US state help reduce carbon footprint, Recycling International

Nuclear

Feds prolong review of Vermont Yankee sale, VT Digger

France backpedals on pledge to cut reliance on nuclear power, Seattle Times

Advanced Nuclear Finds a More Welcome Home in Canada, MIT Technology Review

Entergy opposes proposed decommissioning fee, Wicked Local Marshfield

Film Details Grassroots Effort To Close Vermont Yankee Power Plant, Cape Cod Chronicle

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

No plans for increase in electric rate, Sentinel and Enterprise

Eversource seeks higher winter power rates, MassLive.com

CMP seeks support to build transmission line, Sun Journal

Forgotten by Eversource for years — and then hit with a $29,000 bill, Boston Globe

A big 48 MWh Tesla Powerpack system will power the island of Nantucket, Electrek

Con Edison Transmission gets regulatory approval for Maine Power Express, Energy Business Review

Eversource is ever-optimistic about its Northern Pass power line project, The Boston Globe

FERC Accepts ISO-NE Methodology for Interconnection Cluster Studies, Lexology

Boxford town officials put National Grid on the hot seat, Wicked Local Topsfield

Generators Seek Rehearing of ISO-NE CONE Ruling, RTO Insider

Sudbury: State board denies town’s request to stay Eversource case, MetroWest Daily News

Mandatory state policies work best to curb power plant emissions, study finds, Science Daily

National Grid says it was prepared, but not for this kind of storm, Eagle-Tribune

Former FERC Chairman Joins the Chorus Criticizing Rick Perry’s Coal, Nuke Proposal, Greentech Media

National Grid Develops Innovative Solution for an Island Community’s Unique Energy Challenges, Energy Central

FERC Approves ISO-NE Queue Clustering, RTO Insider

Developers of 1 GW Gas Plant Barred from New England Power Auction, Power Engineering

USDA aiding Maine island electric co-op with $1.5M loan, Penn Energy

ISO New England predicts declining loads due to solar, efficiency, Utility Dive

Con Edison Transmission gets regulatory approval for Maine Power Express, Energy Business Review

Rhode Island lays out strategy for grid modernization, Utility Dive

US report finds Tesla Model S can emit more ‘lifetime CO2’ than a petrol supermini, AutoExpress

Editorial/Opinion

Editorial: Nice to see concerns on pipeline projects heard, considered, Greenfield Recorder

New England and other cold weather areas need more energy pipelines, ArcaMax

Bring checks and balances to the SEC, New Hampshire Business Review

Why Mainers Should Be Outraged Over Worst Power Outage In State’s History, Forbes

Pointless roadblocks for NorthStar could discourage company, Commons

Planning for the future of the Indian Point workforce: Editorial Spotlight, The Journal News | LoHud.com

Public Outreach Is Needed to Gain Support for the Nuclear Power Industry, POWER magazine

Grateful for response from National Grid, The Daily Gazette

LETTER: House Bill 3564 no good for Massachusetts, South Coast Today

Viewpoint: ITC should focus on economic benefits of solar panel tariff case, Boston Business Journal (subscriber content)

Letters: Leave Candlewood Mountain Alone, Hartford Courant

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