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Energy News for week ending May 11, 2018

Grid Mod in MA | Duck Curve Arrives | All Turbines Mapped

Happy Friday afternoon.

This week we begin with grid mod as the topic and a State House News Service story in the Sentinel and Enterprise that Massachusetts “State officials on Thursday issued an order authorizing utilities to spend $220 million statewide on upgrades to the electrical grid over the next three years, and set up a process that could result in some smart meter investments ushering in more dynamic ways of pricing power. The grid upgrades would be targeted at preventing future outages, allowing areas to more quickly bounce back from a power outage, and better accommodating renewable energy generation…Installing smart meters for every residential ratepayer would cost $1.5 billion, according to the Baker administration, which has opted instead to set up a process that could result in using smart meters in situations where they would render the highest benefits for the least cost, according to an official.”

All of those solar installations out there have brought something bird-like to New England that, from a US perspective, is mostly seen in California. From PV Magazine, “As solar comes to more regions of the United States, it is beginning to alter the dynamics of electricity supply and demand. These are most noticeable on weekend days in the spring, when solar output is high but electricity demand is lower than during the week and not inflated by air conditioning use, as it is in the summer.

The result of this is the “duck curve”, as documented in California. There the output of solar is suppressing mid-day demand, with a steep ramp-up in demand that must be met by other resources as the sun goes down. When coupled with a lack of sufficient flexibility in the rest of the electricity fleet and operation of the grid, this can result in negative prices and curtailment of resources…New England’s grid operator has reported that on April 21 behind-the-meter solar met sufficient demand that for the first time net daytime demand fell to a lower level than overnight demand…the increase in solar led to a fall in the region’s wholesale electricity price to -$2.65 per megawatt-hour around 3 PM.”

We end this week with an article from the Washington Post titled, “Every one of America’s 57,636 wind turbines, mapped.” From the article, “To create the database, the USGS partnered with the Department of Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the American Wind Energy Association. The organizations merged their individual data sets to create a new database that was more accurate and comprehensive than previous efforts. Once they compiled the new database, researchers attempted to visually verify the precise location of each turbine using satellite imagery. They intend to update it periodically in the coming years as the wind industry grows.” The piece not only gets into geographical reasons for why wind is more popular in some parts of the country than others, but also speaks to political climates that create certain disparities.

As always you can find events at Northeast Energy News. Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Energy giant sues Weymouth over pipeline station, saying federal law overrides zoning, Boston Globe

Burner Tips: Collaboration between utilities and environmental groups might not be the norm, but in Massachusetts, the two sides have come together to find mutual solutions, American Gas Magazine

Reducing Methane Emissions Amidst a ‘National Leadership Void,’ BrinkNews.com

CT regulators ignore health and climate destroying methane leaks, Stratford Star

Connecticut Senate votes to gut net metering, extend renewable energy mandate, pv magazine USA

Rick Perry suggests using ‘national security’ to override opposition to pipelines, ThinkProgress

Weymouth compressor station opponents seek stories of illness, Wicked Local

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

State Clean Energy Laws Make New England Grid More Resilient, Natural Resources Defense Council

Commission reduces fees for popular renewable energy program, vtdigger.org

Under the Sea: A Roadmap for Renewable Energy, MarineLink

Scientists Say Ocean Circulation Is Slowing. Here’s Why You Should Care., InsideClimate News

NYSERDA Announces $10 Million Available for Commercial and Industrial Carbon Challenge Initiative, North America Clean Energy

Earth’s atmosphere just crossed another troubling climate change threshold, Boston Globe

 

Wind

What’s the best bet on wind?, CommonWealth Magazine

Every one of America’s 57,636 wind turbines, mapped, Washington Post

Offshore wind developer, unions partner on workforce training initiative, Boston Business Journal (subscriber content)

Wind-energy meetings scheduled amid concerns about East End, Newsday

US Offshore Wind Can Realize 25 GW through Synergies with Oil & Gas Sector, Renewable Energy World

Council passes bill to encourage wind energy, Queens Ledger

Offshore-wind developers want more details on state straw proposal, NJ Spotlight

Lawyers for wind developer want Hopkinton to increase turbine height to 600 feet, National Wind Watch

Offshore Wind’s Value Exceeds Its Construction Costs In New York And New England, Energy Collective

Bay State Wind signs agreements to build training center in New Bedford, SouthCoastToday.com

AWEA 2018: Offshore hubs to spring up on Atlantic coast, Windpower Monthly

Offshore Wind’s Value Exceeds Its Construction Costs In New York And New England, Energy Collective

East Hampton Town Trustees Move Forward With Plans For Joint Hearing On Deepwater Project, 27east.com

 

Solar

Sun And Solar Power Cut Electricity Demand From New England Grid To Lowest Ever, Hartford Courant

It’s Official. All New California Homes Must Incorporate Solar, Greentech Media

The duck curve comes to New England, pv magazine USA

Solar power helps New England hit historic milestone, Concord Monitor

US Navy leases photovoltaic solar panels near Rhode Island station, Electric Light & Power

Five New England Colleges To Buy Solar From Maine Project, Solar Industry

Vermont reduces incentives for renewable energy program, Penn Energy

Solar-Panel Makers Ramp Up U.S. Manufacturing Plans, Wall Street Journal (Pay wall)

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

State Strategic Plan Looks to Boost Energy Efficiency, Cut Customer Costs, NJ Spotlight

Rutland family receives $5K to make their home energy efficient, Mountaintimes

Why The Energy Storage Problem Won’t Be A Problem For Long, CleanTechnica

As energy storage costs decline, market changes needed to increase deployment, Platts

New York City moves to streamline energy storage permitting, Utility Dive

Energy storage, wind, and solar companies are recruiting coal miners for their work ethics and high-tech skills, Environmental Defense Fund

 

Nuclear

Bill seeks to prioritize nuclear waste removal at Pilgrim, Patriot Ledger

Vermont Yankee resumes fuel move, Brattleboro Reformer

Seabrook officials analyze financial issues, The Daily News of Newburyport

Indian Point task force study urges Entergy to turn over property, The Journal News | LoHud.com

Nuclear Energy Institute Recommends Rejection of PJM Capacity Proposals, Daily Energy Insider

One Thing Trump, Some Environmentalists Both Love: Nuclear Power, Bloomberg

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

New Hampshire rethinks distributed generation-only pilots for non-wires alternatives, Utility Dive

How CMP plans to pipe clean energy to Massachusetts through Maine, Bangor Daily News

Baker, Healey split on electricity sellers, CommonWealth Magazine

Do Healey, Baker have a truce?, CommonWealth Magazine

Connecticut lawmakers pass sweeping energy bill, Utility Dive

Solar, efficiency drive declining peak load in ISO New England, Utility Dive

DPU issues electric grid modernization order, Sentinel & Enterprise

Under Pressure: Steam Pipe System Draws Scrutiny, NBC Boston

Eversource customers can get $3000 rebate on Nissan Leaf electric car, Concord Monitor

Eversource Looks to Offshore Wind, New Rates for Growth, RTO Insider

Eversource pushes ahead with pursuit of Connecticut Water, Journal Inquirer

PUC refuses to intensify inquiry into CMP billing problems, Press Herald

Utilities commission won’t ramp up CMP billing investigation, Bangor Daily News

Maine Lawmakers Signal Opposition to NECEC, RTO Insider

Worried About Grid Resilience? Don’t—You Can Sleep Well, Natural Resources Defense Council

Eversource generation rate to fall July 1, Hartford Business

New Hampshire’s Coming Energy Crunch Is A Job Killer, InsideSources

Colleges To Train Next-Gen Utility Workers, New Haven Independent

 

Editorial/Opinion

What’s up with the Globe and natural gas?, CommonWealth magazine

SUZANNE TORRES, Weymouth: An issue of credibility in Spectra debate, The Patriot Ledger

Climate Change Shouldn’t Need a Salesman, Wall Street Journal

Maurice Kreis: Rolling blackouts in New Hampshire? Not a chance, Concord Monitor

LETTER: Expanding natural gas pipelines is not the right energy solution, SouthCoastToday.com

Viewpoint: Climate change is here. Boston has no time to waste., Boston Business Journal

Time to hit the off switch on electricity sellers, CommonWealth Magazine

NextEra’s Robo Is Wrong About Offshore Wind, Energy Collective

Connecticut Energy Legislation a Mixed Bag for Clean Energy, North American Clean Energy

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Energy News for week ending December 22, 2017

Bids are in | Rate Hike Appeal | Smoke and Noises

Happy holidays everyone!

Perhaps this week’s biggest energy news was the submission of bids for Massachusetts’ offshore wind solicitation. CommonWealth Magazine reports, “The three companies vying to build the first major offshore wind farm in the United States filed their proposals on Wednesday with Massachusetts officials. Each of the firms kept their pricing a secret, so they publicly tried to differentiate their projects based on size, transmission approaches, construction timetables, and partnerships. Size was the biggest difference. Each of the companies was required to submit a bid for a 400 megawatt project, but they were free to submit additional proposals for less or for more, up to a high of 800 megawatts. The state procurement, which will be spread out over many years, calls for 1,600 megawatts in total.”

It appears MA Attorney General Maura Healey is saying just a minute, with respect to Eversource’s rate hike. Jim Kinney over at MassLive.com reports that “Healey filed an appeal Wednesday in Boston against an Eversource electric rate hike approved last month by the state Department of Public Utilities and scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1. She is asking the DPU to reconsider the decision, according to a press release. Such actions often result in a negotiated settlement between the attorney general’s office and the utility, according to Healey’s website.”

If your holiday travels take you to the North Shore, the Salem News says, “Don’t be alarmed by the loud noises and apparent smoke coming from Salem Harbor Footprint later this week. It’s actually steam, and it’s just the $1 billion project cleaning out its pipes. The project is still a long way from being done, and due to significant delays on that front, Footprint is vulnerable to possible penalties from the entity that manages the New England power grid. Sometime late this week, the new natural gas-firing power plant will conduct “what, in the industry, you call ‘hot commissioning,'” explained Footprint chief operating officer Scott Silverstein. “This is the beginning of the process of starting up the turbines and boilers, and getting those up and running.”

That’s it for us this year. We’ll be back in your in-boxes on January 5, 2018.

All of us at McMahon Communications wish you all a safe, happy, wonderful, and joy-filled holiday season and a prosperous New Year.

 

Natural Gas/Pipeline

FERC reaffirms its approval of Atlantic Bridge pipeline, with compressor station planned in Weymouth, MassLive

Con Edison seeks ‘non-pipe’ solutions to address peak gas demand, Utility Dive

Residents hold pipeline vigils outside State House, Wicked Local Wellesley

National Grid seeks increase for gas bills, Gloucester Daily Times

Anti-fracking protester court case thrown out, Gazette & Herald

US tax overhaul likely to spur spending by refiners, pipeline cos, Reuters

Insidious Gas Leaks Are Casting Doubts Over Shell’s Clean Credentials, Bloomberg

Gas Under Threat? California Regulators Target PG&E Natural Gas Plants With Energy Storage, Greentech Media

Renewables Policy, etc.

Massachusetts agrees to slash power plant emissions under 9-state system, MassLive.com

Massachusetts Report Tallies Clean Energy Jobs, Solar Industry

Why French Utility EDF Is Entering the US Distributed Storage Market, Greentech Media

Carbon Loophole: Why Is Wood Burning Counted as Green Energy?, Yale Environment 360

DEEP tees up retooled renewable energy purchase plan, Hartford Business

 Wind

Neighbor demands shuttered Falmouth turbine be removed, Cape Cod Times

Acoustic tech for wind farms proves whale effective, Energy Live News

Block Island sees benefits from 1st US offshore wind farm, News Times

Nonprofit group pushes to keep Falmouth turbines spinning, Cape Cod Times

Wind turbines could soon be banned in this tiny Western Massachusetts town, MassLive

After 16 Years, Hopes for Cape Cod Wind Farm Float Away, New York Times

Lessons from the Country’s First Off-Shore Wind Farm, WCAI

Falmouth official orders plan to dismantle wind turbine, Cape Cod Times

LUPC declines to expand expedited permitting area for wind power project, Daily Bulldog

National Grid commits $20 million to the NEK as part of new Power Link line, Vermont Biz

Wind RFP

Offshore wind: Start big or small?, CommonWealth Magazine

Bay State Wind pledges $1 million to BCC if it wins contract, South Coast Today

Bids Are in for Massachusetts Offshore Wind Procurement; Storage Included, Renewable Energy News

Offshore wind bidders identify Brayton Point benefits, Fall River Herald News

Three companies submit bids for offshore wind power, Cape Cod Times

Developers Proposing Large-Scale Offshore Wind Farms, Maine Public

Solar

Congressional lawmakers urge ‘strong and effective’ remedies in solar trade case, Utility Dive

Town opposes New Milford solar project, The Greater New Milford Spectrum

Somerville Solar Array Awarded to Local Non-Profit, Patch.com

Energy Efficiency

Smart buildings save energy and improve occupant comfort, ACEEE

New York advances efficiency plans, focusing on load control and demand management, Utility Dive

Large buildings may soon get report cards for energy efficiency, The Real Deal

Clean Energy 2017: States and Cities Shine Despite Trump, Natural Resources Defense Council

Europe Inches Closer to Strong Energy Efficiency Target, Energy Collective

Nuclear

Millstone nuclear plant is profitable, new Connecticut draft report says, Utility Dive

Millstone Owner Argues Costs Are Driven Up By Being In Connecticut, Energy Central

Advocates Use Millstone’s Profitability To Question Push For New Markets, Hartford Courant

Entergy Asks FERC to Clarify Indian Point Retirement Process, RTO Insider

Nuclear regulator ignores employee safety warnings, watchdog report finds, Utility Dive

Hinkley Point: the ‘dreadful deal’ behind the world’s most expensive power plant, The Guardian

After Indian Point, power needs hinge on three proposed plants, report says, Lohud.com

N.J. committee sends nuclear subsidy bill to state legislature, Reuters

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Framingham reaches $500K settlement with Eversource over polluted site, MetroWest Daily News

Vermont Lawmakers Eye New Incentives For Electric Vehicle Purchases, Vermont Public Radio

EPA Funding Will Help Clean Diesel Projects in New England States, U.S. EPA.gov (press release)

California Sues Trump Administration, This Time Over Oil Industry Rules, Governing

Natural gas, water heaters, connected devices and EVs lead DR trends to watch, Utility Dive

Hopkinton officials still charged up over double utility poles, MetroWest Daily News

Meet the microgrid, the technology poised to transform electricity, Vox.com

Massachusetts labor union backs Eversource transmission line through New Hampshire, MassLive

Major testing of power plant begins soon, Salem News

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey appeals Eversource rate hike, MassLive.com

Blockchain shows promise for energy companies, ZD Net

2018 Promises to Be a Year of Innovation in the Energy Sector, (press release) Alt Energy Magazine

Editorial/Opinion

The Hoobub and the Grinch: Northern Pass Edition, InDepthNH.org

Approval of Electric Vehicle Utility Proposal in Massachusetts A Sign of What’s Coming Down the Pike in Northeast & Mid-Atlantic, HuffPost

A vulnerable power grid: Let’s invest in critical national infrastructure, The Hill

Nuclear Energy Pros And Cons: The True Advantage Of Nuclear Power Science Trends

Rendall: Warm wishes from Vermont Gas, Vermont Biz

 

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Energy News for week ending November 17, 2017

Class Action | Presidential Permit | 20M dollars for Western MA

Happy Friday afternoon folks.

There are a ton of stories this week, but here are three that stood out for us.

Vermont Business Magazine reports that on Thursday afternoon Eversource Energy and Avangrid Inc were hit with a class-action lawsuit stating that the two energy companies caused electricity consumers in New England to incur overcharges of $3.6 billion in a years-long scheme that impacted six states and affected 14.7 million people. The lawsuit was filed November 14, 2017, in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The complaint alleges the scheme violates multiple federal and state competition laws and state consumer protection statutes.

Good news this week came for Northern Pass in the form of receiving its Presidential Permit from the US Dept. of Energy. The Telegram reported that the permit allows for the $1.6 billion project to take hydropower across an international border and connect to the United States grid. There is still a ways to go before it’s done though. The article reports that the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee, or SEC, is expected to announce its final written decision on the project by March 31, 2018. And, along with the state approval, the project also is awaiting a permit from the U.S. Forest Service allowing the project to pass through parts of the White Mountain National Forest and a wetlands permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is expected by the end of the year.

Speaking of transmission projects, over at MassLive.com, Mary Serreze reports that TDI New England has pledged 20 years of funding, at $1 million annually, to Community Action of the Franklin, Hampshire and North Quabbin Regions for deep energy retrofits to low-income homes, if its New England Clean Power Link wins a major utility contract in the Bay State. TDI plans 98 miles of underwater and 56 miles of underground cable to deliver 1,000 megawatts of hydro, or hydro and wind, from Canada. Christmas comes a month late for bidders. Serreze notes that the winners will be announced Jan. 25 by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and electric utilities Eversource, National Grid and Unitil.

That wraps it up for this week. As always, you can find more news and events at NEEnergyNews.com.

Oh, and we’re taking next Friday off so we’ll be back in your in boxes on December 1. In the meantime, you can find energy stories Tweeted at @McMComm

Have a wonderful, safe, warm and happy Thanksgiving holiday.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Lawsuit accuses Eversource and Avangrid of causing $3.6 billion in excessive electricity costs in New England, Vermont Biz

Report raises doubts about gas ‘crisis, CommonWealth Magazine

Gas to power majority of New England by 2020, Argus

Natural gas has no climate benefit and may make things worse, Think Progress

Environmentalists Stage Sit-In At Governor’s Office Over Natural Gas Infrastructure, WGBH

Conservationists: Fossil fuel search would target migratory path of right whales, Cape Cod Times

Sandisfield highway chief: ‘Road is shot from pipeline work,’ Berkshire Eagle

Lynch bill could halt Weymouth compressor construction, Wicked Local Braintree

Water protector Winona LaDuke speaks on ‘cannibal economics,’ courage and fighting pipelines, theberkshireedge.com

RI agency opens hearing on LNG plan for Providence waterfront, The Providence Journal

Google Adding Methane Detectors To Street View Cars, CleanTechnica

Pipeline opponents flood FERC with requests for new hearings, Southeast Energy News

Dakota Access Pipeline Company Paid Mercenaries to Build Conspiracy Lawsuit Against Environmentalists, The Intercept

DOJ: Protestors Interfering With Pipeline Construction Will Be Prosecuted, OilPrice.com

Groups Sponsored By Fossil Fuel Industry Host Energy Forum, RIPR.org

Renewables Policy/RGGI/Climate change

Renewables Are on a Collision Course With Power Markets, Greentech Media

Virginia Moves to Join RGGI Carbon-trading Market, POWER magazine

Can Carbon-Dioxide Removal Save the World?, The New Yorker

Seven States Take Big Next Step on Climate: Here’s the What, Why, and How, Union of Concerned Scientists

Summit touts renewable energy progress, Salem News

Fossil fuel emissions will reach an all-time high in 2017, scientists say — dashing hopes of progress, Washington Post

Your car is a big environmental nemesis, and Mass. is stepping in, Boston Globe

Wind

No One Satisfied With New Vermont Wind Power Sound Rules, New York Times

Deepwater may fund UMass offshore wind, fishing study, Cape Cod times

Maine proposes new wind development rules, Utility Dive

The Energy 202: House GOP wants to water down tax breaks for wind energy. The Senate is unlikely to let it., Washington Post

The Future Of Offshore Wind Farms In The Atlantic, WSHU

Bird poo on wind turbines is a problem solved by high tech scarecrows, VICE News

Solar

MIT Reveals a Battery That Stores Solar Energy to Make Heat for Later, Inverse.com

From brownfield to greenfield: Former mine site hosts Vermont’s biggest solar array, vtdigger.org

Northampton solar landfill a ‘dream come true,’ says Ward 6 city councilor at ribbon-cutting, MassLive.com

60-day clock starts for Trump to decide on solar panel tariffs, Utility Dive

Nova Scotia Buildings to Feed Solar Power to Grid under New Program, Energy Central

Energy Efficiency

New Paper Says Emissions Cuts Should Start with Buildings, Not Transportation, Energy Manager Today

Americans for Prosperity: NH should dump energy-efficiency efforts, New Hampshire Business Review

Eversource Powers Up Energy Efficiency, The Keene Sentinel

Going Green Could Help Harwich Earn Some, Cape Cod Chronicle

America First? Trump Energy Cuts Would Eliminate Billions of Dollars in Direct Savings to Consumers, Greentech Media

Boston-based Current is now on GE’s chopping block, Boston Business Journal

Making More Sustainable LEDs With Reusable Materials, Greentech Media

City moving to purchase only above-ground streetlights, Eagle Tribune

Planned Community On Boston South Shore Will Be Laboratory For Sustainable Cities, CleanTechnica

Governor Cuomo Announces $12 Million to Increase Energy Efficiency for Industrial and Multifamily Buildings, NA Clean Energy

Nuclear

Sea level rise factors into nuclear waste discussion, Cape Cod Times

Entergy Objects To Conditions On PUC Consultant For Vermont Yankee Hearings, VPR

US eyes safety rules for small modular reactors, as nuclear touted at UN climate meeting, Utility Dive

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

DOE backs hydropower project bringing energy from Canada to southern New England, Telegram.com

NARUC panel discusses how to prepare for the mother lode of electricity disruptions, Daily Energy Insider

Cooperation, DOE NOPR, State RFPs the Topics at NECBC Meeting, RTO Insider

RI Power Sector Transformation Study Represents ‘A Big Step Forward’, Solar Industry

NH’s high utility bills blamed on subsidies, The Union Leader

Eversource Planning To Hire Staff, Upgrade Communications In Wake Of October Storm Problems, Hartford Courant

Brayton Point bidder chosen, sale to be announced soon, SouthCoastToday.com

National Grid teams with national lab to study transmission modernization, storage, Utility Dive

Thousands still without power in Hampshire County, The Recorder

Blackout: Outage zaps power from 29000 in Hampshire County Wednesday morning, GazetteNET

FERC storage/DER integration proposal gets high marks, but other priorities loom, Utility Dive

Seacoast State Reps Raise Concerns About Eversource Plan to Buy Water Utility, New Hampshire Public Radio

What a US electric grid attack looks like, USA TODAY

The Trump administration went to the UN climate talks to promote coal, Vox

Natl. Grid finds novel way to lobby clean energy procurement, CommonWealth Magazine

Transmission developer TDI offers $20 million for Western Massachusetts home energy retrofits if it wins statewide clean electricity contract, MassLive

Study Claims Quark Fusion May Be the Energy Source of the Future, Bigthink.com

As feds focus on baseload, grid modernization is sweeping the nation, Utility Dive

Chatterjee: FERC Will Move Ahead with Coal, Nuclear Subsidies, Power Engineering

Grid Modernization in Rhode Island: Small State, Big Vision, Microgrid Knowledge

Maine lawmakers to weigh in on reducing power outages, Penn Energy

State demands report on utility’s response to storm, Salem News

Exclusive: Chatterjee details interim plan to save coal, nuclear plants, Utility Dive

Do utilities need rate design for electric vehicle charging? Utility Dive

Subsidizing Coal, Nuclear Could Drive Customers Off-Grid, Renewable Energy World

Emera COO: Work progressing on Maritime transmission link, Electric Light & Power

CMP President and CEO Sara Burns to retire by year’s end, MaineBiz

Editorial/Opinion

We agree: It’s time to clean up transportation (Guest viewpoint), MassLive

Our Opinion: Kinder Morgan must do right by Sandisfield, Berkshire Eagle

My Turn: Dave Ross: RI needs energy to power innovation, The Providence Journal

Justin Wheating: Championing the climate economy for Vermont, vtdigger.org

One watt at a time: Why electric rates are so high, The Union Leader

Another View — Greg Moore: Why turning on the lights costs more in New Hampshire, The Union Leader

Our view: National Grid should explain storm response, Salem News

Editorial: Encouraging that Columbia Gas sees end to moratorium, Hampshire Gazette

Derrick Z. Jackson: The competition is heating up for offshore wind, Boston Globe

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Energy News for week ending December 16, 2016

Weekly Energy News 12.16.16

Happy bone-chilling Friday! This week’s energy news brings a union of Eversource and DONG Energy on the Bay State Wind offshore wind project (CommonWealth Magazine). Within what seems seconds of the announcement, the opinions were already rolling in, including Cynthia Arcate who suggests the deal should “send shivers up the spine” (CommonWealth Magazine).

At last week’s Roundtable Jesse Jenkins of MIT mentioned a new report titled, “The Utility of the Future” was due for release this week and right he was. Robert C. Armstrong, MITEI’s director and the Chevron Professor in Chemical Engineering at MIT said of the report, “Our study does not try to predict the future or prescribe which technologies should prevail; instead, it provides a toolkit for businesses, policymakers, and regulators to navigate the unfolding changes in the system and develop a more robust, efficient system for the future.” (MIT news)

One other highlight from this week is a Boston Business Journal article which looks at Massachusetts’ clean energy sector and reports the industry has grown to over 100,000 jobs.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Sen. Warren wants pipeline halt, Wicked Local Dedham

R.I. Tribe Opposes Power Plant and LNG Projects, EcoRI

EPA reverses course on fracking safety, The Hill

A town unites in a battle against a gas compressor station, The Boston Globe

With Gas Pipeline Projects Blocked, State Searching for an Energy Plan, Hartford Courant

Spectra station fuels fears of fishery setback in Braintree, Wicked Local Weymouth

Google car helps PSE&G target leaky gas pipes, NorthJersey.com

The oil and gas industry is quickly amassing power in Trump’s Washington, Washington Post

Invenergy Making Deal With Woonsocket for Water, EcoRI.org

Renewable Energy

Dong finds Bay State partner, renews

Clean energy jobs top 100,000 for first time in Mass., according new report, Boston Business Journal

Haverhill School Committee snuffs out Tilton solar project, Eagle Tribune

DONG, Eversource form Bay State Wind, CommonWealth Magazine

The Solar Industry Has Paid Off Its Carbon Debts, The Atlantic

Fossil fuels meet renewables: VT gas station goes solar, BurlingtonFreePress.com

America’s first offshore wind farm is up and running, CNBC

Senate President Stan Rosenberg says energy and climate change to remain on Beacon Hill front burner, MassLive

Environmental Panel Seeking To Protect Forests, Farmland From Solar Energy Projects, Hartford Courant

For solar and wind energy projects, a new lease on land, PRI

The US solar industry is booming — and it isn’t afraid of Trump, Washington Post

Federal appeals court lifts injunction on New England renewables RFP in Allco case, Utility DIVE

State regulators approve Antrim wind farm, Penn Energy

Energy Efficiency

RGGI Carbon Auction Prices Drop 22%, RTO Insider

Maine nets $1.8 million in latest RGGI auction, Mainebiz

Energy Efficiency Jobs: Nearly 1.9 Million and Growing, Natural Resources Defense Council

A Powerful Investment: Clean Energy Financing in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists

Low Fuel Costs Hurting Environmental Efforts, CT News Junkie

Does Connecticut’s Green Bank Hold the Secret to the Future of Clean Energy?, Inside Climate News

Town leads by example, Woburn Daily Times

Harvard reaches goal of cutting gas emissions by 30 percent, Penn Energy

Nuclear

Trump Team’s Asking for Ways to Keep Nuclear Power Alive, Bloomberg

Dunne suggests data center would be good fit at Vermont Yankee site, Times Argus

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

MIT Energy Initiative report provides guidance for evolving electric power sector, MIT News

Unprecedented Arctic warmth in 2016 triggers massive decline in sea ice, snow, PHYS.org

DOE issuing permit for New England transmission project in Vermont, Electric Light & Power

Energy landscape undergoes major changes, SouthCoastToday.com

Winter electricity supply should be adequate, ISO says, Journal Inquirer

Eye On Weather: Adaptation Critical As Climate Continues Changing, CBS Local

Ambri Returns to the Energy Storage Hunt With Liquid Metal Battery Redesign, Greentech Media

Boston Calls for Microgrid Development as a Climate Strategy, Microgrid Knowledge

GMP Opts Out Of Controversial ‘Alternative Regulation’ System, VPR

Editorial/Opinion

Eversource finds a loophole, CommonWealth Magazine

The promise of the nation’s first offshore wind farm, The Boston Globe

Pilgrim employees work hard to keep it safe, Cape Cod Times

Winter reliability efforts go only so far, CommonWealth Magazine

Why CT Needs Expanded Gas Pipelines, Hartford Courant

OUR OPINION: The long view on offshore wind, The Patriot Ledger

Letter: Blocking Spectra Energy’s ‘Access Northeast Project’, Worcester Telegram

Opinion: Vt. Yankee still supports community, BurlingtonFreePress.com

Editorial: How to fight power plant construction, Concord Monitor

The clean energy economy is now, Seacoastonline.com

 

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Energy News for week ending September 23, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Gas heating bills for Eversource customers expected to fall this winter, The Boston Globe

Natural gas bills may rise this winter, WWLP

National Grid Proposes Winter Bill Increase for Natural Gas, CapeCod.com News

Proposed Burrillville power plant draws more opposition; Uxbridge demurs, Worcester Telegram

Invenergy and Builders Challenge Motion to Dismiss, ecoRI news

Proposed RI Power Plant Loses Cooling Water Source, Seeks Delay, RTO Insider

14 Pipeline Projects in 24 States … Which Will Be the Next Battleground?, EcoWatch

Trump to shale gas industry: ‘You will like me so much,’ SNL

As Connecticut Pushes Forward on Natural Gas Expansion, Some Push Back, Connecticut Magazine

Renewable Energy

Baker rolling out new solar incentives, CommonWealth Magazine

New solar energy program coming to New London, theday.com

ConEdison opens Westfield solar farm; 8K panels capable of powering 300 homes, MassLive

National Grid Amps Up Solar Program in Massachusetts, (press release) 3BL Media

Will Scaling Back Solar Incentives Hurt Adoption?, Governing

Groundbreaking held for $80m southern Vermont wind project, Penn Energy

Despite energy deal loss, huge wind farm is still on track in Aroostook, Bangor Daily News

Cornell Wants to Heat Its Campus With Geothermal Energy, Popular Mechanics

Future dim for home solar incentives in Maine, Renewable Energy World

Solar farm agreement wins Town Council approval, Valley Breeze

Deepwater rolls into New Bedford, reNews

Avangrid, Governor Shumlin break ground on Deerfield Wind farm, Vermont Biz

BCC gets $200K for offshore wind workforce study, Fall River Herald News

More offshore wind action: Deepwater Wind opening New Bedford office, Offshore MW survey boat arriving, SouthCoast Today

Nine innovative approaches that utilities are using to plan for increased rooftop solar, Science Daily

Energy Efficiency

ACEEE Report: Energy Efficiency Is The Greatest Energy Story You Haven’t Heard, CleanTechnica

Report: State is cleaning air, saving money, CT Post

Energy-efficiency standard is an opportunity, New Hampshire Business Review

Nuclear

The case for nuclear power, Power Engineering

Can Reusing Spent Nuclear Fuel Solve Our Energy Problems?, National Geographic

Pilgrim nuclear power plant back at full capacity after repairs, Boston Herald

Cape Downwinders to Appeal State House Ban Restriction, CapeCod.com News

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

EnerNOC is cutting more than 200 jobs, primarily in the Seaport, Boston Globe

Massachusetts Governor Creates Climate Change Strategy Through Executive Order, TriplePundit

Massachusetts to Offer $14M in Energy Resiliency Grants for Microgrids & Other Backup at Medical Facilities, Microgrid Knowledge

The key to tackling climate change: electrify everything, Vox.com

Eversource expects to sell power plants by as early as next spring, NewHampshire.com

Why the New Massachusetts Energy Storage Report Is Such a Big Deal, Greentech Media

A 3-Part Microgrid Launches in Canada, With Transactive Energy as the Goal, Greentech Media

Massachusetts to Offer $10-$20M in Energy Storage Grants this Fall, Microgrid Knowledge

Compact officials push Eversource on smart grid technology, Cape Cod Times

US, Canada utilities aim to link three microgrids in $12.4M cross-border project, Utility DIVE

Editorial/Opinion

Scott Muller: Vermont is choking on a fishbone, vtdigger.org

Letter: Godzilla in Concord, Concord Monitor

Low cost energy for New Hampshire needs to be our rallying cry, The Laconia Daily Sun

Our Opinion: PUC solar proposal wrong policy, process, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

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Energy News for week ending July 22, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Concerns over proposed New England pipeline projects grow as FERC nears decision, Utility DIVE

PUC: Ratepayers would pay up to $75M for expanded gas pipeline, Mainebiz

Opponents appeal state approval of Kinder Morgan pipeline spur through Sandisfield, Berkshire Eagle

Pipeline tax protesters cap 43-mile hike at State House steps, The Boston Globe

Boston-area natural gas prices 13 percent higher than national average, NewBostonPost

Rehoboth selectmen mixed on response to LNG pipeline proposal, Taunton Daily Gazette

Raimondo: Burrillville Power Plant Is ‘Not A Done Deal’, Rhode Island Public Radio

Crowds pack in for Raimondo’s community forum on Burrillville power plant, WPRI

Rep. Neal: Congressional Delegation Vigorously Opposed Pipeline Expansion, WAMC

Maine regulators approve expansion of gas pipeline capacity, Press Herald

Opponents of Weymouth compressor station hold rally, march, The Patriot Ledger

Boston Neighborhood Battles Pipeline Project, The American Prospect

Renewable Energy

DONG holds its breath as Massachusetts decides on energy bill, Recharge

Maine granola company uses sun to fuel its future, WMTW Portland

New Hampshire Solar Advocates Speak Out On YouTube, CleanTechnica

New Hampshire Town Considers Zero Net Energy Community, Government Technology

The New Green Roof: Solar Panels That Change Colors, TakePart

Wind energy experts hold ‘wind think tank’ in Maine, WCSH6.com

Qualified Middle-Class Families Are Set To Receive Solar Panels Without Paying a Dime in the U.S., GreenEnergy Chronicles

Solar-powered homes plan rejected in Portsmouth, Seacoastonline.com

Solar panels at UMass-Amherst expected to save $6.2 million, WPRI

Solar Powered Smart Flowers Are New Focus for Cape Wind Champion Jim Gordon, Renewable Energy World

Expanding Access to Solar Financing in Connecticut, Renewable Energy World

Ambitious Vermont having second thoughts on renewable energy, Penn Energy

For nearly 3 years 200 solar panels have sat unused on top of Morton Middle School, The Herald News

Energy Efficiency

World Energy Efficiency Services Launches Solar Division, ACHR NEWS

Barre joins energy efficiency project, Barre Montpelier Times Argus

Energy efficiency brings Lowell $4.7M in savings, Lowell Sun

Energy Efficiency Incentives Better than Ever, PenBayPilot.com

Vermont governor: Contract preference goes to green firms, CT Post

Nuclear

Public Service Board again nixes arguments of New England Coalition, Commons

Pilgrim’s water discharge permit gets long-delayed review, Cape Cod Times

Shipping of VT radioactive water raises concerns, BurlingtonFreePress.com

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Crunch time for Massachusetts energy debate, CommonWealth Magazine

Pokemon Are Taking Over Nuclear Power Plants and Substations, Greentech Media

Carbon Tax Divides Candidates in Vt. Debate, Valley News

Opposition to rate increase prompts Wallingford PUC to commission new market study, Meriden Record-Journal

Behind the Big Deal, New Hampshire Business Review

Cape towns seek hearing to challenge Eversource herbicide spraying, Cape Cod Times

Decision soon on trash-to-energy facility in Hampden, Penn Energy News

GE Positions to Scale Up in the Microgrid Market, Microgrid Knowledge

Editorials/Opinions

Northern Pass: too big to fail?, New Hampshire Business Review

Mass. on the verge of energy greatness, CommonWealth Magazine

Transparency and the Eversource settlement, New Hampshire Business Review

Don’t Block Regulators From Doing Their Jobs, New England Coalition for Affordable Energy

Time for action on high cost of electricity, CommonWealth Magazine

LePage’s executive order on ethanol is fueled by myths, and it’s a win for foreign oil, Bangor Daily News

Editorial: Push and pull of a solar project, GazetteNET

N-Plant buildings are not compromised, Newburyport Daily News

Without nuke power, climate change threat grows: Column, USA Today

Our View: It’s in region’s interests to help Millstone compete, Norwich Bulletin

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Energy News for week ending May 20, 2016

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Attleboro area residents, officials vow to continue to fight plans for gas pipeline, The Sun Chronicle

Constitution pipeline appeals regulator’s water permit rejection, Reuters

Lawyers, courts look ahead to pipeline opposition action, The Recorder

Rubber Stamp Rebellion targets FERC and the corporations it serves, RI Future

Expanded gas line Access Northeast is the new target, The Union Leader

Milici: Franklin should oppose pipeline, (Letter) MetroWest Daily News

Gas and water just doesn’t mix for Lynn group, Daily Item

Methane Regulations Draw Controversy, Morning Consult

Renewable Energy

Caps raised, New Hampshire turns attention to imminent struggle over solar value, Utility Drive

Solar cap clamor resurfacing already, CommonWealth Magazine

Your View: Offshore wind can help Massachusetts replace lost power suppliers, SouthCoastToday

The Oil Industry Can Teach Offshore Wind Farms How to Stay Afloat, Bloomberg

Big solar worked to kill Maine solar energy bill, Press Herald

OUR VIEW: NH embraces solar, Maine stumbles, Foster’s Daily Democrat

ViewPoint: Why permanent, predictable solar incentives are so important to Mass. small businesses, Boston Business Journal

Floating Wind Farms: Great Concept, Implausible Economics, MIT Technology Review

Offshore Wind but not Cape Wind, CommonWealth Magazine

Is Biomass Energy Renewable?, EcoWatch

Massachusetts Utility Seeks to Stay “Ahead of the Game” with Solar Grid Penetration, Renewable Energy World

Plymouth schools ready for solar power, Bristol Press

Shumlin touts Vermont’s renewable energy workforce, WCAX

Maine municipalities pull back on solar projects after veto kills bill, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Vermont leads in per capita clean energy jobs, PennEnergy

Energy Efficiency

EnergizeRI responds to Heartland Institute attacks, RI Future

Energy Efficiency Incentives Better than Ever, PenBayPilot.com

Nuclear

Nuclear Power’s Decline In New England Could Cause Blackouts, Daily Caller

Millstone reactor shuts down due to hydrogen gas leak, PennEnergy

Feds focus on rail for moving Vermont Yankee’s spent fuel, VT Digger

Natural Gas — Not Renewables — Is Replacing Nuclear Power, Forbes

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

House bill may come in ‘south’ of Baker hydro number, wind power, Worcester Business Journal

Are municipal light firms doing enough?, CommonWealth Magazine

Carbon emissions rising at New England power plants, The Boston Globe

New England lobby group attacks bid by Hydro-Québec to sell power in U.S., Globe and Mail

SJC rules that the state failed to issue proper regulations to cut emissions, Boston Globe

DeLeo: Legislature looking for ways to lower energy bills, Boston Herald

The Challenges Of Moving To Better Electricity Rate Design, CleanTechnica

Eversource: State OKs 26 percent drop in WMass electricity rates, MassLive.com

Deerfield residents concerned about substation work linked to Northern Pass project, The Union Leader

Overheard at NECA’s 23rd Annual New England Energy Conference, RTO Insider

Hydro pact would upset state’s competitive energy market, Lowell Sun

Greenwich Applauds Rejection Of Eversource Substation Plan, Daily Voice

Eastern Massachusetts electric bills on the way down, WLNE-TV (ABC6)

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