Tag Archives: Transmission

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Much needed nuclear market reforms taking shape, Fierce Energy


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


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


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


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


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


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 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


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


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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