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Energy News for week ending February 19, 2021

Texas Explainers | Can it Happen Here | Zombie in Western Mass

Happy Friday folks.

Of course the big news this week were the problems in Texas. There was a lot of finger pointing among some parties, but it became clear it wasn’t all the frozen wind turbines’ fault. We have a few articles below that give some clear explanations about what happened, as well as others that look at if, when, or how that situation could happen elsewhere, particularly here in the northeast.

This is a story that keeps on giving and the headline from Western Mass Politics and Insight takes the award for most attention grabbing one of the week, Markey Grabs a Shovel to Help Bury Zombie Biomass Project…

That’s the recap for this week. Enjoy the weekend and stay safe!

Texas

Why the Texas power grid is struggling to cope with the extreme cold, Vox.com

The Texas grid got crushed because its operators didn’t see the need to prepare for cold weather, Washington Post

Power experts cite gas constraints as main cause of ERCOT outages, but system planning questions remain, Utility Dive

Severe weather, blackouts show the grid’s biggest problem is infrastructure. not renewables, TechCrunch

Can it Happen Here?

A Glimpse of America’s Future: Climate Change Means Trouble for Power Grids, New York Times

Could Rolling Blackouts Happen In New England?, NHPR

After Texas blackouts, MPUC will look at climate demands for Maine’s electricity grid, Maine Biz

Climate Change

$10 billion bill offered to power climate legislation, State House News Service via WWLP

Lamont administration lays out legislative agenda on climate change, The Day

How the Warming Arctic Helped Drive a Deep Freeze Into Texas, Bloomberg Green

There’s an invisible climate threat seeping from grocery store freezers. Biden wants to change that., Washington Post

New FERC Chair’s Focus: Environmental Justice and Climate Change Impacts, Greentech Media

Renewables/RGGI/TCI

Holyoke’s energy stays green and affordable as demand expected to grow, MassLive

12-year battle continues: Area organizations urge Gov. Charlie Baker to not allow rule changes favorable to Springfield biomass plan, MassLive

Markey Grabs a Shovel to Help Bury Zombie Biomass Project…, Western Mass Politics and Insight

Stop raiding Clean Energy Funds to plug holes in NJ Transit budget, advocates say to Murphy, NJ.com

Ignoring pandemic, Americans installed record amounts of solar and wind energy, CBS News

Wind

Vestas Looks at Wind Turbines Made of Wood With Startup Stake, Bloomberg Green

Anbaric, DNV GL Preparing Bid for New Jersey Offshore Wind Transmission, North American Wind Power

US offshore network boosts board, ReNews

The Emerging US Offshore Wind Industry Is Ready for Take-Off, Commercial Property Executive

Some worry N.J. offshore wind project will affect views, fishing, and tourism, Inquirer.com

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind to test ocean floor for energy project, Press of Atlantic City

Solar

Massachusetts solar installers form unique alliance to address installer shortage, Solar Power World

State revamps home solar compensation, Journal Inquirer (CT)

Hopkinton Town Council considers solar ordinance amendments, Westerly Sun

Efficiency/Storage

Boston’s first net-zero-carbon building could tower over Downtown Crossing, Boston Business Journal

New Hampshire companies call for enhancing state’s energy-efficiency standard, NH Business Review

SEPA/ESA report details multiple ways utilities can make battery storage financially viable, Utility Dive

S&P: Despite storage growth, US to achieve ‘marginal’ carbon-free capacity increases through 2035, Utility Dive

EVs

State now offering rebates to spur electric truck sales, State House News Service via WWLP

Massachusetts to subsidize electric trucks in expansion of rebate program, Boston Globe

VW ‘unintended victim’ in battery supplier dispute, seeks four-year reprieve, Reuters

Nuclear

Regulatory Harmonization: An Upcoming Hurdle for SMRs? Greentech Media

How and why a nuclear reactor shut down in Texas cold snap when energy was needed most, Washington Examiner

Natural Gas/Pipelines/Oil/Drilling

FERC To Take Another Look at Weymouth Gas Compressor, State House News Service

Manchin urges Biden to support “responsible” natural gas, Axios

How to Decarbonize Natural Gas, Greentech Media

FERC to reopen 1999 policy on gas project approvals, add environmental justice considerations, Utility Dive

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Eversource CEO expects regulators to allow $341M spent on Tropical Storm Isaias to be collected from ratepayers, Union Leader

Unpaid utility bills mount during pandemic, Eagle Tribune

Biden gets his first energy crisis — and an opening, Politico

Biden Official Says Texas Storm Shows Infrastructure Need, Bloomberg

Biden to Meet With Unions Pushing for Infrastructure Spending, Wall St. Journal

NYS Public Service Commission approves transmission lines, Daily Energy Insider

FERC reliance on ratepayers to fund utility cybersecurity insufficient to meet rising threat, analysts say, Utility Dive

State regulator launches probe into future of Maine’s electric grid, Press Herald

How the Rich Can Escape America’s Unreliable Power Grid, Bloomberg Green

The thorny politics of the next Canadian energy project are being debated in Maine, Bangor Daily News

Representative Serpa opposes medical waste to fuel pyrolysis facility, Uprise RI

Tiny Maine community divided as construction on CMP corridor begins, Bangor Daily News

Many locals wary as CMP corridor breaks ground near The Forks, CentralMaine.com

N.H. House Bill That Would Change Current Community Power Structure Gets Its First Hearing, NHPR

Opinion

Outlook 2021: Modernizing natural gas distribution system is priority for Eversource (Guest viewpoint), MassLive

Should Your Town Politicians Be In Charge of Your Electrical Power? NH Journal

Questioning ‘artificial’ electrification, Utility Dive

No state is an island — Transmission keeps the lights on, Utility Dive

A Plan to Future-Proof the Texas Power Grid, New York Times

Doubling Down on a Centralized Grid Is More Expensive Without Distributed Energy, Greentech Media

We need to know why CMP seeks big increase in interconnection fees, Bangor Daily News

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Energy News for week ending June 10, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

PUC staff advises against plan to expand Maine’s natural gas pipeline capacity, Portland Press Herald

Columbia Gas to replace aging infrastructure, relocate gas main in West Springfield, MassLive.com

Proposed Power Plant Draws Widespread Opposition, Hartford Courant

Holyoke protest targets utility bill surcharge dubbed ‘pipeline tax’ by protesters, MassLive.com

Rehoboth selectmen to meet with Attleboro mayor about proposed gas pipeline, Sun Chronicle

Another Pipeline Project Planned for Burrillville, ecoRI news

Without Debate, RI House Approves Power Plant Bill, Rhode Island Public Radio

Doug Gablinske: RI needs clean energy plant, (Opinion) The Providence Journal

Question of Article 97 still left hanging, The Recorder

Renewable Energy

Energy and environmental groups criticize House energy bill, MassLive.com

Cape Wind sharply attacks House energy bill, CommonWealth Magazine

Shumlin: Mass. “crazy” not to pursue hydropower from Canada, wwlp.com

DeLeo’s Version Of An Energy ‘Combo Platter’ Passes House, WGBH.org

Wind, hydropower bill sails through Massachusetts House, MassLive.com

Golden: House bill delivers largest offshore wind procurement in U.S, Lowell Sun

Vt. Governor Vetoes Renewables Bill After ‘Unintended Changes’, Solar Industry

Removal of dams in New England can help reconnect river networks, Science Daily

Interior announces offshore wind lease auction for ocean tract off Long Island, UtilityDive

French defense contractor joins Maine offshore wind project, Press Herald

Connecticut Town Authorities Seek LED and Solar Project Regulations, LEDinside

What’s next for solar in Maine, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Upton becomes a solar community, Milford Daily News

No mandate needed for municipal utilities, (opinion) CommonWealth Magazine

Energy Efficiency

New program helps homeowners make energy upgrades, WPTZ

Ayotte Discusses Municipal Energy Efficiency, Patch.com

Lights Out for CFLs — Efficiency Maine Switching Off Subsidy in Favor of LEDs, Maine Public Broadcasting

Led by Affordable Housing, Peabody Properties Aims to Cut Energy Spending by 20%, Energy Manager Today

Nuclear
As nuclear plants shutter, state efforts to save them are coming too late
, Utility Dive

Nuclear waste storage plan a matter of trust, Cape Cod Times

Vermont has voice in national nuclear waste debate, VTDigger.org

Vermont appeal of NRC rule shot down by court, Brattleboro Reformer

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Why Boston was chosen for the next US-China climate summit, Christian Science Monitor

We need lots more power lines. Why are we so bad at planning them?, Vox.com

New PJM capacity rules challenge demand response aggregators, Utility Dive

Court’s ruling reignites controversy over carbon tax, Eagle-Tribune

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Energy News for week ending June 26, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

State refuses to allow Western Massachusetts groups full status in Tennessee Gas pipeline hearings, MassLive

No gas pipe here, Kinder Morgan reps told, The Salem News

Townsend rallies for fight against pipeline, Sentinel & Enterprise

Economic benefit seen from pipeline in Massachusetts, Worcester Telegram

Critics: Spanish firm’s Berkshire Gas deal points to gas export, The Recorder (MA)

Opponents make case for alternatives to gas pipeline, vtdigger.org

Energy Efficiency

Lawmakers unanimously override LePage veto of Efficiency Maine Funding Bill, Press Herald

Survival Of The Greenest Beer? Breweries Adapt To A Changing Climate, RI Public Radio

New Sustainability Director has Plan for Providence, ecoRI news

Home efficiency measures fail to deliver as advertised, study finds, Press Herald

Don’t turn back the clock on building energy codes, The Hill (blog)

Renewable Energy

Portland, Maine, looking for solar projects around city, NewsOK.com

Developer pitches second solar energy project to Sandwich officials, Cape Cod Times

Climate Change Calls for Science, Not Hope, New York Times

Biogen, the biggest company in Mass., has gone carbon-neutral, Boston Globe

Greenfield approves first local anti-biomass ordinance in Massachusetts, MassLive

Seven innovative clean energy projects in Mass. receive $280k in grants, Boston Business Journal

How wind & solar could benefit from low oil prices, Utility Dive

FERC Won’t Investigate Offshore Wind Contract, RTO Insider

Block Island Wind Farm could launch new American energy revolution (press release), AltEnergyMag

Nuclear

PILGRIM STATION: New report could remove nuclear plant from NRC’s extra-inspection list, WickedLocal Plymouth

US capacity market revamp not sufficient to aid nuclear power units: execs, Platts

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Consumer advocates seek electricity refunds, lower rates, Boston Globe

Duggan: Exelon expansion bad for Medway, (opinion) MetroWest Daily News

Medway: Spokesman says expansion will make Exelon biggest taxpayer in town, Milford Daily News

Boston Power Falls as Mild Weather Reduces New England Grid Use, Bloomberg

Five Trends Transforming the US Energy Sector, Energy Manager Today

Eversource, towns reach agreement on energy project, The Union Leader

John Gregg: Vt. Power Project Wins Key Backing of Environmental Group, Valley News

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Energy News for week ending April 17, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Demand debated for natural gas that would be delivered by Tennessee Gas pipeline, GazetteNET

New England needs 2 new natural gas pipelines, Commonwealth Magazine

Amherst will ask Kinder Morgan for new pipeline route, Cabinet.com (NH)

Northeast Seeks to Expand Gas Pipeline to Lower Energy Costs, Energy Manager Today

Gas Pipeline Project Being Pushed from Both Sides, ecoRI news

LNG Suppresses New England Wholesale Electricity Prices, Energy Manager Today

2nd gas pipeline would link Pennsylvania, Northeast, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Energy Efficiency

Efficiency saved Northeast $1.5B in winter energy costs, Fierce Energy

“The Risk of Inaction”, Harvard Magazine

Sandra Levine: Quiet and hardworking — energy efficiency, vtdigger.org

Spending on smart building technology will surpass $17 billion by 2019, Business Insider

Renewable Energy

National Grid first in New England to pilot advanced solar technology, Fierce Energy

Will Massachusetts’ Net Metering Caps Spoil the Community Solar Party?, Greentech Media

What’s the True Cost of Wind Power?, Newsweek

NH House roundup: Solar energy proponents win one, The Union Leader

Industry assails raid on NH’s Renewable Energy Fund, New Hampshire Business Review

Vermont taking breather from wind power, BurlingtonFreePress.com

Quiet energy revolution, (opinion) Rutland Herald

Industry, utility at odds over caps on the sun, Worcester Telegram

Nuclear

Maine Governor Wants Nuclear Power Back on Energy Table, Maine Public Broadcasting

Should Seabrook Station be closed? (Opinions), Globe North

LETTER: ‘Entergy steps up to the plate’, Wicked Local Plymouth

LETTERS: Pilgrim: Good for economy and environment, Barnstable Patriot

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Businesses are in hot pursuit of ways to cut power costs, Worcester Telegram

RI Carbon-Tax Idea Called Bad for the Economy, ecoRI news

Eversource’s regional transmission line upgrade raises concerns, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Swampscott Takes Steps Toward Energy Aggregation, Patch.com

STATEHOUSE NEWS: Mass. officials eye new energy sources, Wicked Local Easton

Winter And The Power Grid: A Near-Miss Or A Policy ‘Object Lesson?’ , CTNow.com

Regulator eliminates electric bill ‘recalculations’, Cape Cod Times

New England’s Energy Brokers must look beyond natural gas, (editorial) Boston Globe

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Energy News for week ending February 20, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Fuel Dealers Question Gas Pipeline Project, WAMC

National Grid joins gas pipeline expansion effort, WickedLocal Roslindale

Firms: Ratepayers Can Fund Pipeline, Valley News (NH)

There’s another solution to adding gas to the region, (opinion) Keene Sentinel

State Regulators Seek Balance In Meeting Customer and Natural Gas Utility Needs, Breaking Energy

Against fracked gas pipeline expansion plans, (opinion) Stratford Star (CT)

Andover residents demand more details on pipeline, Eagle-Tribune (MA)

Renewable Energy

Special Report: New renewable standard would revolutionize energy use in Vermont, VTDigger.org

Vermont Legislature moving to increase electric rates (opinion), Watchdog.org

Legal battle builds over solar payments, Wicked Local Brewster

Renewable energy faces close scrutiny at State House, Press Herald

DOI Offshore Wind Energy Lease Sale Nearly Doubles Leased Acreage, Breaking Energy

Energy Efficiency

York committee wants town to switch to LED lights, SeaCoastOnline.com

New National Furnace Standards Will Save Consumers Money, but Stronger Standards Could Save Even More, Energy Efficiency Markets

Nuclear

Pilgrim nuclear plant back online after weekend storm, Cape Cod Times

Much needed nuclear market reforms taking shape, Fierce Energy

Markets/Grid/Policy/Misc.

Is there enough heating fuel? Fuel supply, costs and safety issues answered, MassLive.com

Eversource execs reaffirm support for Northern Pass after meeting, The Union Leader

Merrimack Valley Reliability Project: National Grid steps up communication with town, Woburn Daily Times

National Grid will keep lights on for Point Gloria residents, Fall River Herald News

Utility proposes transmission line project, The Valley Dispatch

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Energy News for week ending February 13, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Power Surges in New England Market on Higher Natural Gas Prices, Bloomberg

Kinder Morgan Addresses Natural Gas Pipeline Concerns, iBerkshires.com

Kinder Morgan pipeline is not the answer, (Opinion) Monadnock Ledger Transcript

VT Gas pulls the plug on pipeline expansion to NY, Burlington Free Press

Vermont Gas Shelves Plans for Portion of NatGas Expansion Project, Natural Gas Intelligence

Kinder Morgan Holds Open House On Proposed Northeast Pipeline, WAMC, Northeast Public Radio

Renewable Energy

US agency urges Vt. utility to better explain carbon-credit policy, Boston Globe

Malloy to sponsor new solar incentive program, New Haven Register

SouthCoast lawmakers hope to boost offshore wind, SouthCoastToday.com

URI, tribe work to locate offshore lands, Boston Globe

Group Launches Last-Ditch Petition To Save Cape Wind, North American Windpower

Vermont has a chance to reset renewable energy, (Opinion) Waterbury Record

University of Maine at Farmington to build biomass heating plant, BioMass Magazine

ViewPoint: Bill debate could signal future of wind energy in Massachusetts, Boston Business Journal (subscriber content)

NH to remain part of RGGI carbon tax initiative, The Union Leader

Energy Efficiency

Massachusetts Ranks 5th for Sustainable Building Design, Patch.com

ABM to Reduce West Boylston, MA Energy and Operating Costs by More Than $4.1 Million, (press release), Marketwatch.com

CCAT Announces State’s Energy Assessment Program to Benefit Farmington Businesses, Hartford Courant

Nuclear

Pilgrim plant returns to service as News England prepares for more snow, Power Engineering

Pilgrim Station: Tweet heats up debate over plant safety, Wicked Local Plymouth

Markets/Grid/Prices/Policy/Misc.

Power grid operator rejects proposed undersea electric cables, Boston Globe

Cold weather keeps New England power prices elevated, Platts

Exelon, LS Power Join CPV in Adding New England Capacity, RTO Insider

News Series: The Northern Pass Debate & New England’s Energy Future, New Hampshire Public Radio

Power Plays: Gloves are off as utility giants push transmission projects, The Union Leader (NH)

Senators visit National Grid site, Milford Daily News

Holyoke meeting on what to do next with former coal-burning plant: 5 take-aways, masslive.com

NextEra accuses Eversource of underbidding for transmission project, UtilityDrive.com

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Energy News for week ending January 30, 2015

Energy Efficiency

Who Will Win Super Bowl XLIX: A Showdown In Energy Efficiency Between New England And Seattle, Huffington Post

Energy incentives help chill grocers’ costs, Worcester Telegram

Maine Voices: Our schools need to learn the ABCs of energy efficiency, (opinion) Portland Press Herald

Energy Efficiency Venture Capital: Who Got What?, Energy Efficiency Markets

Prices

Lowell-area customers jolted by electric bills, Lowell Sun

Utility rates can drop using alternative suppliers, WickedLocal Beverly

Why do regulators let airlines and utilities force us to pay more while their fuel costs plunge?, (opinion) Worcester Telegram

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Electric shock ads (sic) fuel to natural-gas debate, (opinion) Lowell Sun

Liberty Utilities acquires NH Gas Corp., The Union Leader

Region needs energy upgrades, including more natural gas pipeline capacity says grid operator, ISO New England, MassLive.com

Renewable Energy

Opponents speak out against bills that would change renewable energy laws, Union Leader

New Haven deals with ‘invasion’ of solar, BurlingtonFreePress.com

Feds Opening Waters to Largest US Offshore Wind Farm, Post Gazette

Cape Wind suspended from New England market, Windpower Offshore

Solarize Rhode Island Set to Launch in Tiverton and Little Compton Monday, GoLocalProv

Nuclear

To the editor: During VT Yankee closing, Entergy proved to be a fine company, (opinion) The Chester Telegraph

My Turn: Nuclear power has place in state’s energy future, (opinion) Concord Monitor

Former US Sen. Gregg says nuclear plants still important, The Union Leader

Federal licensing board denies request by Vermont to keep emergency system in place at Vermont Yankee, MassLive

Markets/Grid/Policy/Misc.

FERC: ISO-NE must find market-based reliability solution for winter months, Utility Dive

House bill aims to address state’s power shortfall, Boston Globe

National Grid presents $520M project in Pelham, Eagle-Tribune

NH wants cost cap on transmission project, The Union Leader

As cold sets in, region’s winter energy “crisis” fizzles, (opinion) Seacoastonline.com

ViewPoint: Energy debates must consider ratepayers, (opinion) Boston Business Journal (subscription only article)

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Energy News for week ending January 9, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

A warning on natural gas, Commonwealth Magazine

Hassan calls for more natural gas supply, CT Post

City Council to address proposed NStar rate hike, SouthcoastToday.com

Vermont Gas slows second phase of pipeline extension, VTdigger.org

Pipeline opponents ready for next battle, Danbury News Times

Massachusetts report sparks natural gas debate in Maine, WMTW Portland

Renewable Energy

Grid Batteries for Wind, Solar Find First Customers, MIT Technology Review

Temporary wind power ban on Orland ballot, Ellsworth American

Cape Wind’s future called into question, Boston Globe

Cape Wind Project Dealt Major Setback, NECN

National Grid Expands on the Solar Option, Worcester Telegram

Solar outlook: Conditions for “going solar” in 2015 are potentially the best they’re going to be, New England Real Estate Journal

Energy Efficiency

New, energy-efficient headquarters for the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Community Advocate

Eastern Slope Inn looks at the big picture, NHBR.com

Massachusetts Utility Coalition Offers Appliance Recycling Program, waste360

MASS AUDUBON: ‘Make the switch’ to cleaner energy, Wicked Local Sharon

Nuclear

Nuclear Energy Facilities Going Strong to Counter Arctic Deep Freeze, Globe Newswire (press release)

PILGRIM NUCLEAR POWER STATION: Dry cask transfer begins, Old Colony Memorial

VERMONT YANKEE: If a nuclear plant closes in Vermont does it matter in Plymouth?, Old Colony Memorial

Another Reactor Closes, Punctuating New Reality for US Nuclear Power, National Geographic

Prices

Purchasing group seeks lower electric rates, Barnstable Patriot

Spend your gas savings on rising electric bills, Boston Globe

Low Price was a Scam; Just Energy Pays $4 Million Settlement, WHAV.net

NStar to Return Almost $45M to Customers, NECN

Markets/Grid/Policy/Misc.

Say Goodbye To Northeast Utilities. Its New Name: Eversource Energy, Hartford Courant

New transmission line to deliver power from Maine to New England, Fierce Energy

Diverging Views on the Future of New England’s Energy System, WGBH News

Widespread Hydro-Québec outage fuels concern over future reliability in N.H., Concord Monitor

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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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Energy News for Week Ending November 21, 2014

Natural Gas/Pipeline

New England power grid warns of winter natgas constraints, Reuters, November 20, 2014

Nashoba Valley Chamber CEO responds to Kinder Morgan Pipeline Controversy, Worcester Business Journal, November 20, 2014

Gas pipeline opponents look to new governor for support, Eagle-Tribune, November 19, 2014

Vermont gas pipeline up for debate in NY, WCAX, November 18, 2014

Energy Future: New England May Face Scheduled Blackouts Due to Poor Natural Gas Supply, WGBH NEWS, November 17, 2014

Pipeline foes meet in Fitchburg, vow resolve, Worcester Telegram, November 16, 2014,

Nuclear Energy

The future of the US nuclear industry depends on collaboration, Power Engineering Magazine, November 20, 2104

Entergy CEDF money to be spent on solar power, vtdigger.org, November 18, 2014

Before we close more nuclear power plants, we need a national conversation, Fox News, November 17, 2014

Renewable Energy/Efficiency

State Awards Last Small-Scale Solar Grants for 2014, ecoRI News, November 19, 2014

Major Step Forward For RI’s Offshore Wind Farm, Rhode Island Public Radio, November 19, 2014

Boston’s First Wind acquired for $2.4 billion, Boston Globe, November 18, 2014

Solar Energy Advocates Form New Coalition in Mass, National Journal, November 18, 2014

Clean Energy Collective to Develop 1.3 MW of Community Solar in Massachusetts, PV Solar Report, November 15, 2014

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

ISO New England Releases Annual Regional System Plan, Breaking Energy, November 19, 2014

Land-based transmission project cheaper than undersea cable, Boston Globe, November 19, 2014

Northern Pass officials willing to bury more transmission lines, Concord Monitor, November 19, 2014

What’s On This Electric Bill, Anyway?, WCAI, November 20, 2014

PSNH president: NH electricity rates on seasonal roller coaster, Concord Monitor, November 18, 2014

National Grid project in Salem given go-ahead, The Salem News, November 18, 2014

Vt. utility launches new program to help customers track energy use, WCAX, November 17, 2014

Climate Change

Whitehouse to unveil proposed carbon tax legislation on Senate floor, The Providence Journal, November 19, 2014

Battle With The Sea: Change Is Here (Part 1), Rhode Island Public Radio, November 18, 2014

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