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Energy News for week ending August 16, 2019

Substantially completed | Warming hot spot | Vow to Move Forward | Cathartic Cleansing

Good afternoon folks.  We start this week’s recap with some good news.

From the Eagle Tribune, “Columbia Gas president says second phase of repairs ‘substantially’ completed. Kempic said Columbia Gas workers have paved more than 150 driveways, sidewalks and private streets, as well as four state roads. There have been 870 projects involving poured concrete, according to the company’s tally. More than 3,500 properties have been aesthetically improved with seeding, in addition to landscaping and greenery. The company has also replaced heating and gas appliances for thousands of customers impacted by the disaster resulting from an over-pressurized gas line. ‘This fulfills Columbia Gas’ commitment to replace by Sept. 15, 2019, those affected appliances and equipment in customers’ homes which were only repaired in fall of 2018,’ according to a statement from Columbia Gas on Thursday. Kempic made clear while addressing the media that ‘while we’ve done a lot of work, we have a lot to do,’ he said. ‘We’re here for the long-term…’ The company is providing free insulation to homes in the three communities impacted through the end of 2019, to help curb heating bills. ‘We’re going to continue to work with the communities impacted; rebuilding trust in those communities,’ Kempic said.”

Some not so good climate news this week comes to us from the Washington Post, “A detailed analysis of 124 years of climate data across the United States shows that the Northeast is one of the fastest-warming regions in the country, with parts of the region exceeding the 2-degree Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) warming threshold defined by global policymakers as constituting ‘dangerous’ levels of climate change…In New England, warming is causing changes in the fishing industry, as warm water species move north. The Northeast’s average annual temperatures have increased the fastest during wintertime, in keeping with climate change projections that show cold seasons warming faster than warm seasons. New Jersey’s average temperature has climbed by close to 2 degrees Celsius since 1895, which is double average rate for the Lower 48 states. According to the new analysis, NOAA data shows that every Northeast state except for Pennsylvania has seen at least a 2-degree Celsius temperature increase since the late 19th century. This is resulting in earlier ice snow and ice melt across the region and fears of an endangered tourism industry reliant on winter sports.”

Of course everyone is looking to offshore wind to amp up our supply of carbon free generation. But the news of the delay in the fed’s review of Vineyard Wind sounded a lot of alarms. But fear not, according to a State House News Service story in the Taunton Gazette, “Vineyard Wind on Monday vowed that it will move forward with its $2.8 billion, 84-turbine wind farm project despite a new delay caused by the federal government, though the project will take shape on a new, yet-to-be-determined timeline. The U.S. Department of the Interior and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Friday put a freeze on a crucial environmental impact statement for Vineyard Wind, once slated to be the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in America, so they can study the wider impacts of an offshore wind industry that is quickly ramping up. Vineyard Wind officials had said in July that the entire project would be at risk if the federal government did not issue the permit by the end of August and the latest delay is likely to upend the supply chain, financing and construction timeline for the project chosen by the Baker administration and state utility companies to fulfill part of a 2016 clean energy law. On Monday, Vineyard Wind — a joint venture of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Avangrid Renewables — said its shareholders had ‘affirmed a commitment to deliver a proposed 800-megawatt (MW) wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts, albeit with a delayed project schedule.’ Project officials have been working with contractors and financiers to rework the timeline — and Gov. Charlie Baker has spoken with Vice President Mike Pence about the project — but a new schedule has not yet been determined.”

Here’s an unusual energy story – sort of – from the NH Union Leader, “16-foot effigy of transmission tower burned to celebrate demise of Northern Pass. In a cathartic cleansing by fire, some of the earliest opponents of the Northern Pass Transmission project gathered at the Poore Family Homestead Historic Farm Museum on Saturday to burn a model of a high-voltage tower…Before it was set on fire, the tower model, made of wood and built by Rick Johnsen and his son Zach, was filled with the detritus of the often contentious struggle between NPT and its opponents: inch-thick reports and studies, both pro and con; flyers; route maps; signs.”

That’s the recap for this week. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Columbia Gas president says second phase of repairs ‘substantially’ completed, Eagle Tribune

Charlton seeks more time to weigh in on LNG plant proposal, Telegram.com

Weymouth: Federal Stay on Permit Processes for proposed Compressor Station Ends Today, WATD-FM

Weymouth, Braintree, Hingham, Quincy appeal compressor permit, Wicked Local

Columbia Gas completes replaces appliances affected by Merrimack Valley explosions, Boston Globe

EPA seeks to limit states leveraging Clean Water Act to block pipelines, Washington Times

Massachusetts Among 22 States Suing Trump Administration Over New Coal Rules, CBS Boston / WBZ

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Massachusetts Close to Finalizing a Clean Peak Standard. Good News for Microgrids, Microgrid Knowledge

The Northeast is a warming hot spot, Post analysis finds, Washington Post

Once-Unpopular Carbon Credits Emerge as One of the World’s Best Investments, Wall St. Journal

2°C: BEYOND THE LIMIT, Extreme climate change has arrived in America, Washington Post

Analysis: Total US renewables generation down 1% year on year, S&P Global Platts

Self-tweeting tree is Harvard’s newest climate change educator, Boston Globe

Renewables’ variability sends wary utilities from traditional DR to DER and load flexibility, Utility Dive

RGGI Generates $38.58M in Carbon-Permit Sale, Greentech Media

16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg says no company on Earth right now has a climate change strategy that’s good enough, Business Insider

Converting to Geothermal Energy, New York Times

 

Vineyard Wind

Community leaders rally for action on federal permit for Vineyard Wind, Cape Cod Times

Feds’ delay puts crucial tax credit in jeopardy for Vineyard Wind, Boston Globe

Vineyard Wind backers commit to delayed project, Taunton Gazette

Vineyard’s Delay Exposes Challenges for Fast-Moving US Offshore Wind Market, Greentech Media

Vineyard Wind layout tough issue for regulators, CommonWealth Magazine

Industry group knocks feds’ ‘regrettable’ move on Vineyard Wind, Boston Business Journal

Sens. Warren And Markey Speak Out Against Vineyard Wind Decision, NA Windpower

Vineyard Wind dealt severe blow by feds, Martha’s Vineyard Times

Fed study of offshore wind could run into 2020, southcoasttoday.com

 

Wind

6 Offshore Wind Farms the Size of Nuclear Power Plants, Greentech Media

Falmouth Wind Turbine II MassDEP Loan Update -It’s A Loan, Patch

Commissioners divided on Hancock Wind settlement, Ellsworth America

 

Solar

Outshining fossil fuel: Your guide to the revolution in solar energy, New Scientist

Former Maine landfills finding new life with solar development, MaineBiz

A hotter planet will make solar power less efficient, MIT Technology Review

Everyone loves a guaranteed discount: New financing approach drives community solar growth, Utility Dive

Hyundai Creates a Car With a Roof-Based Solar Charging System, Entrepreneur

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Fall River businesses could benefit from state’s energy efficiency loans, Herald News

New York regulators call on FERC to exempt energy storage from NYISO’s mitigation measures, Utility Dive

EPA details renewables, efficiency health benefits as DOE slows energy savings progress, Utility Dive

Giant Batteries Supercharge Wind and Solar Plans, Wall St. Journal

 

EVs

Electric vehicles may not be able to avoid road maintenance taxes for much longer, Pacific Standard

US needs to invest $2.2 billion to meet EV charging demand through 2025: ICCT, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

NRC staff approves sale of Pilgrim nuclear power plant, AP

Inside the lab where Bill Gates’ TerraPower is inventing the future of nuclear energy, GeekWire

New resident inspector named at Seabrook Station, Newburyport Daily News

Role of decommissioning citizen panels questioned, Brattleboro Reformer

Battle Emerges Over Nuclear Waste in America’s Oil Patch, Wall St. Journal

Meltdown averted: How VR headsets are making nuclear power plants safer, ZDNet

Russia’s floating nuclear power plant in the Arctic causes anxiety in Alaska, KTUU.com

 

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Coal, nuclear could see boost in New England this winter as new tariff goes into effect, Utility Dive

US Northeast power grid operators begin preparations for massive offshore wind additions, S&P Global

FERC Commissioner Chatterjee Issues Statement on ISO New England, Energy Central

New York initiative aims to eliminate conflicts between resource adequacy, clean energy goals, Utility Dive

Businesses complain GMP rate bumps could total 16%, VT Digger

New Jersey Prepares for Second Round of Microgrid Funding, Microgrid Knowledge

State agrees to additional public hearing on rate changes, SILive

New York initiative aims to eliminate conflicts between resource adequacy, clean energy goals, Utility Dive

Controversial New England Power Fix Shows U.S. Agency Split, Bloomberg

PSEG, union start talks after workers reject contract extension, Newsday

Wilton calls special town meeting for utility moratorium, Sun Journal

Study on Massachusetts utilities released, Wicked Local

Lawyers for aggrieved customers pan CMP compensation fund, Portland Press Herald

16-foot effigy of transmission tower burned to celebrate demise of Northern Pass, New Hampshire Union Leader

 

Editorial/Opinion

To save our climate, start with our buildings, Boston Globe

Mayors of Salem, Holyoke call for carbon fee, CommonWealth Magazine

Letter: Time for uniform reporting of gas leaks, Salem News

Daniel Blackerby: Mills on front line of climate change, Sun Journal

Now is the time for offshore wind, The Hill

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Energy News for week ending August 2, 2019

Whack-a-Mole | Protection Eliminated | RI Raises Concerns

Happy Thursday! We’re coming at you a day early this week, because tomorrow is a busy day.

So let’s get at it.

We don’t normally feature an Op Ed, but this one from MA Attorney General Maura Healey caught our attention. As CommonWealth Magazine explains it, “Attorney General Maura Healey’s office issued a new report on Thursday indicating that consumers who signed on with competitive electricity suppliers between July 2017 and June 2018 paid $76.2 million more than if they remained with their existing service carrier. An earlier report reached similar conclusions. Healey has filed legislation that would bar competitive suppliers from contracting with new residential customers after January 1.”

In another item from CommonWealth Magazine, “Gov. Charlie baker and the Legislature on Wednesday rushed through a measure that eliminates the state requirement that the next offshore wind contract come in at a price lower than the last one. The so-called declining price cap was approved in 2016 because of fears the price of offshore wind power would be high, with electricity ratepayers needing some protection against excessive prices. But the initial contract price with Vineyard Wind was much lower than expected, so low that many are concerned no companies will even bid on the next contract. Bids are due on the next contract August 9.”

Speaking of wind, it seems our neighbors to the south are making it tough for Vineyard Wind to move forward. From the Boston Globe, “If the nation’s first major offshore wind farm doesn’t get off the ground, there will be plenty of finger-pointing to go around. Some may be pointed at Rhode Island’s congressional delegation. The state’s two senators and two representatives sent a letter on July 12 to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, expressing concerns about how the federal agency has handled the review of offshore wind development. In particular, they want BOEM to be more sensitive to potential conflicts with fishermen and marine life. (They also want the agency to open a regional office in Rhode Island.) The letter doesn’t mention the Vineyard Wind project by name. But the timing indicates Vineyard Wind was on their minds: The letter went out the same week the developer learned that a crucial permit from BOEM would be delayed. Vineyard Wind, a venture owned by Avangrid and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, said it would need the permit within the next several weeks. If not, its 800-megawatt wind farm proposal for waters south of Martha’s Vineyard couldn’t proceed in its current form.”

Those are the highlights for this week. Have a great Friday and weekend.

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Massachusetts House of Representatives approves air monitoring station near Weymouth compressor, Wicked Local

Columbia Gas settles class action lawsuits related to gas disaster, Eagle Tribune

Oil and gas groups under pressure to plug leaks, Financial Times

Controversial Williams Pipeline Could Still be Built Despite Rejection, Spectrum News NY1

PSEG on track to reduce emissions 80%, will divest all remaining coal interests, Utility Dive

Rally calls for National Grid to repair gas leaks, Boston Globe

Hempstead Town may drop National Grid to save millions on gas bills for homes, businesses, Newsday

State filings detail lawmakers’ financial interests, possible conflicts, Daily Hampshire Gazette

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Scientists say they debunked claims of natural warming, E&E News

At Cape planning summit, future is climate change, Cape Cod Times

R.I. says clean energy plan falls short, Providence Journal

These states are producing the most renewable energy. Where does yours rank?, USA Today

New Bedford cited as a leader among clean energy communities, southcoasttoday.com

Pittsfield’s Renewable Energy Work Highlighted, IBerkshires

Few US cities on track to meet climate goals: ACEEE, Utility Dive

Wellesley receives $25,000 grant to help combat climate change, Boston Globe

Three Dartmouth alumni oppose $200 million biomass plant, New Hampshire Union Leader

House passes $1.3 billion for community climate resiliency projects, Wicked Local

Somerset plant awarded low-cost electricity, Niagara Gazette

 

Wind

Offshore wind price protection eliminated, CommonWealth Magazine

Exclusive: First big U.S. offshore wind project hits snag due to fishing-industry concerns, Reuters

Baker developing ‘cure plan’ for Vineyard Wind, CommonWealth Magazine

R.I. delegation raises concerns with speed of offshore wind review, Boston Globe

Island taking steps to seek mitigation money from Vineyard Wind, The Inquirer and Mirror

Scientists say Vineyard Wind project poses little risk to endangered whales, Energy Central

NY contracts with Eversource project, Journal Inquirer

Renewable groups pressure governor on wind price caps, southcoasttoday.com

Bourne homeowners file suit over turbines, Cape Cod Times

 

Solar

Brunswick’s tax on solar panels is legal, court rules, Portland Press Herald

Natick High School Could Save $20K with New Solar Panels, Patch

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

“Net zero” schools opening soon in Lexington, receive statewide recognition, Wicked LocaL

Engie Will Pay Storage Developers for Wholesale Market Dispatch Rights, Greentech Media

Study: New York State regulators are ignoring battery-storage trends, IEEFA

NY-BEST: New York peaker study underestimates storage potential, Utility Dive

 

EVs

Senate committee unanimously approves $1 billion for EV, natural gas and hydrogen fuel infrastructure, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

NRC denies group’s emergency petition, Daily News of Newburyport

Lockheed Martin Doubles Down on Cold Fusion, Motley Fool

CDI joint venture wins contract to decommission Oyster Creek nuclear power plant, S&P Global Platts

 

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

LaFleur cautions on administrative interference as she exits FERC, Utility Dive

Raimondo’s pick to lead Public Utilities Commission withdraws, Providence Journal

Dozens of Portland streetlights stay dark amid contract dispute with CMP, Portland Press Herald

First in the Nation Municipal Microgrid Program Advances Toward Final Goal Line, Microgrid Knowledge

Small Businesses in New York City Install Microgrids with RISE Funds, Microgrid Knowledge

Lawmakers hike assessment on utilities 50%, CommonWealth Magazine

Power line requiem or the Northern Pass megawatt blues, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Regulator: Decision on CMP rate request likely to be delayed, Portland Press Herald

S&P revises Eversource outlook to negative on offshore wind investment, S&P Global Platts

 

Editorial/Opinion

Time to put an end to whack-a-mole electricity sellers, CommonWealth Magazine

Letter: Burning more fossil fuels has no place in addressing climate crisis, Telegram

Jump on solar project while we can, by Stephanie Scherr, Keene Sentinel

Terry M. Jarrett | State power grids feel the strain of summer heat, Tribune-Democrat

The false promise of nuclear power, Boston Globe

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Energy News for week ending July 26, 2019

RIP Northern Pass | Market Imperiled | Accosted, harassed and screamed at

 

Good Friday afternoon.

Here’s what’s happening in this week’s energy news.

We begin in New Hampshire where NHPR reports, “Eversource has officially pulled the plug on the Northern Pass transmission line. The utility filed a notice with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission late Thursday, a spokesman says, ‘reflecting our conclusion that Northern Pass has unfortunately been brought to an end.’ The filing notifies shareholders that the company sees no way forward for its signature project, which it spent nearly a decade promoting. The decision comes after the New Hampshire Supreme Court last week affirmed state regulators’ rejection of the project. Eversource says it spent $318 million trying to get the controversial power line built. Their SEC filing says they’re writing off about $200 million of that after taxes, equal to about 64 cents per share of the company’s stock. A company spokesman says the write-off will have no direct effect on customers or electric rates.”

Moving south to Massachusetts, Greentech Media tells us, “Massachusetts Storage Market Imperiled by Requirement to Buy New Utility Meters. Massachusetts rolled out a new incentive last year to spur solar and energy storage adoption, but installers are worried that a technical requirement could foil the goals of the program. The Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) pays residential and commercial customers for solar electricity production. The program is intended to add another 1,600 megawatts of distributed solar capacity, forming a core pillar of Governor Charlie Baker’s ambitious clean energy agenda…To qualify, though, customers have to pay for a new utility meter to measure their production, and that can cost hundreds of dollars. Some types of solar-plus-storage configurations drive the price up even further. The extra cost eats into the incentive dollars that are supposed to pay for clean, dispatchable electricity, a group of installers argued in a June 21 letter to DOER, which designed the program.”

For sure the Cape saw some highly unusual weather this week and there was some serious damage to the distribution infrastructure. Evidently that made some folks in Chatham ah, a little bit, shall we say, crazy. From Boston.com, “As thousands remained without power on Cape Cod Wednesday following Tuesday’s severe storm that spawned two tornadoes, some Chatham residents apparently lost their patience. Chatham police took to Facebook Wednesday afternoon to remind residents to leave the 30 utility crews working throughout town alone. ‘It has come to our attention that some utility work crews have been accosted, harassed and screamed at by citizens demanding that power to their home be turned on,’ police said. Police noted that the repair work, including untangling wires stuck in trees, ‘requires a safe and methodical process.’ ‘They are making good headway and working hard,’ police said. ‘Please let them do their work so they can get us powered back up as soon as possible.’” The good news is that, “Numerous residents in the comments thanked the utility workers and emergency personnel, and expressed dismay at the behavior mentioned in the post.” The better news reported by Cape Cod Today is that, “Eversource to Complete Cape Cod Restoration Ahead of Schedule.”

That’s the recap for this week. Have a great weekend!

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Southbridge hires lawyer to address LNG plant proposed in Charlton, Telegram.com

Gas company misses deadline for testing soil at Weymouth site, Wicked Local Weymouth

Holyoke City Council committee mulls resolution to increase natural gas service capacity, MassLive

National Grid Isn’t Providing New Gas Hookups in New York, WSJ.com

Compressor TV ad urges governor to oppose facility, Wicked Local

U.S. Cities Might Release More Methane Than Previously Thought, Scientific American

New Poll: New Yorkers Reject the Williams Pipeline, nrdc.org

National Grid faces possible penalty on non-compliance of NY safety rules, Reuters

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Push on Beacon Hill for 100% renewable energy by 2045, Telegram.com

Energy chief says net-zero carbon goal under review, Taunton Gazette

US Cities Boost Clean Energy Efforts but Few on Track to Meet Climate Goals, ACEEE

Groton man seeking to ship boulders from New London’s State Pier to protect against the rising sea challenges Connecticut over wind energy deal, Hartford Courant

Clean energy report highlights Lexington’s renewable schools project, Wicked Local Lexington

As Temperatures Soar During Heat Wave, So Will CO, Scientific American

Weekend Energy Use Neared N.E. Megawatt Record, ECO RI

State government seeks community input on major transport and climate initiative, Worcester Mag

Push on Beacon Hill for 100% renewable energy by 2045, Telegram & Gazette

House Passes $1B Plan for Local Climate Change Projects, U.S. News & World Report

 

Wind

Mass. delegation pushing to advance vineyard wind, Herald News

Pacheco raises concerns on offshore wind pricing, CommonWealth Magazine

Ørsted to develop offshore wind manufacturing hub to service East Coast, Utility Dive

Hancock County reaches settlement over wind farm payments it said were too small, Bangor Daily News

Wind turbine company opens Rhode Island HQ, Materials Today

Wind victory comes at just the right time for Eversource, Boston Globe

Building Smart Offshore Wind Power, nrdc.org

New York passes its Green New Deal, announces massive offshore wind push, Ars Technica

U.S. Offshore Wind: From ‘Nice To Have’ To ‘Need To Have’, NRG Wind Project

Baker should tip hand on offshore wind price gap, group says, Taunton Daily Gazette

After Years Of Planning, Cuomo Green Lights Wind Farm Off Montauk, USA Patch

 

Solar

Key Committee Approves Bills That Require Solar Panels On New Massachusetts Buildings, ECO RI

National Grid increases partners for virtual power plant project, Smart Energy

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Massachusetts Storage Market Imperiled by Requirement to Buy New Utility Meters, Greentech Media

Northeastern States Primed to Be the Next Major Energy Storage Market, Greentech Media

In Support of a National Energy Efficiency Resource Standard, nrdc.org

High-performance flow batteries offer path to grid-level renewable energy storage, Science Daily

Private Equity Wants In on Energy Storage Revenues, Greentech Media

 

EVs

Clean energy report highlights Concord’s electric school bus program, Wicked Local

New York expands access to EV charging incentives, blocks Tesla from qualifying, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

Ohio Law Bails Out Nuclear Power Plants By Eliminating Clean Energy Standards, U.S. News & World Report

 

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices

Eversource Pulls Plug On Northern Pass After N.H. Supreme Court Rebuke, NHPR

‘Accosted, harassed and screamed at’: Chatham police told residents to stop bothering utility crews attempting to restore power, Boston.com

Eversource to Complete Cape Cod Restoration Ahead of Schedule, Cape Cod Today

Maine regulators blast utility rate hike, customer service ‘deficiences’ in local op-ed, Utility Dive

Lexington rep’s utility assessment hike to fuel bigger DPU budget, Wicked Local Lexington

New York researchers collaborate to develop a cleaner, more reliable power grid, Windpower Engineering and Development

Study: Municipal electric utilities greener, have lower costs, WB Journal

Incentives to save energy, Eagle-Tribune

Harvesting hybrid solutions from performance-based rates: ‘Not all or nothing’, Utility Dive

Energy chief says net-zero carbon goal under review, Herald News

 

Editorial/Opinion

Feds shouldn’t stymie Mass. wind power, Boston Globe

The Case for Switching From Natural Gas Hookups to Heat Pumps, Greentech Media

Recognizing work of Columbia Gas employees, Eagle-Tribune

Time for true regional approach in building our electricity future, Foster’s
Daily Democrat

Letter: We don’t need more gas pipeline, Telegram

Letter: NH ready to be fossil-free, Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Letter: We all have to breathe Killingly’s air, The Bulletin

Wind farm planners have done due diligence, Cape Cod Times

Opinion | Air conditioning is making the world a hotter place, Mint

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Energy News for week ending July 20, 2018

You bought Russian gas | Vineyard Wind Lights Fuse | Millstone Debate Heats Up

Happy Friday afternoon. Based on the amount of stories we found, there doesn’t appear to be a usual summertime shortage of energy news.

Here are a few of interest:

Trump Was Asked About a Russian Gas Shipment To Boston. Here’s What That Tells Us About Energy in New England, WGBH — At Monday’s press conference in Helsinki, President Trump faced a question about a shipment of Russian liquefied natural gas that was sent to Boston in January. The question came from a Russian journalist who pointed out, through an interpreter, that Trump has been critical of a pipeline project that allows Germany to buy gas from Russia. Trump has said it makes Europe a hostage of Russia. “You suggested that you could free Europe from this by supplying American LNG,” the Russian journalist said. He went on to question whether the United States could provide LNG or liquefied natural gas as an alternative. “As far as I know U.S. had to buy … Russian gas for Boston.”

Power line plan lights fuse under Yarmouth residents, Cape Cod Times — A plan by offshore power company Vineyard Wind to bring a high-wattage cable through Lewis Bay and onshore in West Yarmouth is energizing residents, who say that no amount of compensation is worth the damage the project could potentially inflict. “This is not about money,” West Yarmouth resident David Bernstein said at Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting, which was devoted primarily to public comment on the project. “I don’t care if Vineyard Wind gives $10 million a year to the town of Yarmouth. If the bay is killed, it is killed.”

Millstone Power Station debate heats up, The Day — Whether you fear Millstone Power Station could shutter within a few years and create an economic and energy grid crisis, or believe plant owner Dominion Energy is making empty threats about closing before its licenses expire, state regulators want to hear from you…Millstone’s participation in the zero-carbon auction follows years of pushing from Dominion and lawmakers, who are concerned that cheaper, abundantly available natural gas could threaten the plant’s survival in the wholesale energy market.

That’s the quick recap for this week. There are a lot more news items and opinions below. Enjoy and have a great weekend.

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Trump Was Asked About a Russian Gas Shipment To Boston. Here’s What That Tells Us About Energy in New England, WGBH

LaFleur: FERC unlikely to act on pipeline review before Powelson exit, Utility Dive

Final round of hearings for Burrillville power plant will resume this week, Breeze Publications

Declining Battery Storage Costs Raise Questions About the Role of Natural Gas, Renewable Energy World

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

Climate activist groups blast Mass. House energy bill for ‘paltry’ renewable standard, MassLive

On a Mission to Cut Electricity Rates, Ontario’s Ford Says He Will Cancel Wind, Solar Contracts, Renewable Energy World

Environmental advocates push SouthCoast as renewable energy hub, South Coast Today

Report: Bay State can do more in green energy, The Reminder

FuelCell Energy Will Add 100 Jobs In Torrington, Double Annual Energy Production, Hartford Courant

NY Sets Carbon Pricing Timeline, Reviews Progress, RTO Insider

 

Wind

2 more turbines slated for Berkshire Wind Power project on Brodie Mountain, Berkshire Eagle

Offshore wind farms are producing hundreds of jobs in R.I., Providence Business Journal

Lidar lights up Ocean Wind, renews

Scientists, offshore wind developer look to minimize marine life impacts, The Day via National Wind Watch

LePage’s lawyers seek dismissal of challenge to order halting wind permits, Press Herald

Power line plan lights fuse under Yarmouth residents, Cape Cod Times

Decade in, Savoy wind project reaches pivotal point, Berkshire Eagle

More Energy Storage Looming For Wind Power, CleanTechnica

Wind Turbines to See ‘Unprecedented’ Growth in Size and Capacity, Greentech Media

Offshore wind developer ramps up work on 3 more wind farms, AP News

Offshore Wind Projects’ Impact On Fishing Grounds Discussed, The Dispatch

 

Solar

French power company plans 20-acre solar farm in Westhampton, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Massachusetts Plugs Into the Sun for More Power, EcoRI

Tribe Seeks Energy Sovereignty With Solar Microgrid, Eco-Village & Utility, Microgrid Knowledge

It was once a superfund site, now it’s a solar farm, NJ Spotlight

Success of North Adams solar array ‘a good problem to have,‘ Berkshire Eagle

Brunswick residents appeal town’s assessment on solar panels, Portland Press Herald

Report: CT solar has grown 53% per year, Hartford Business Journal

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Rise of net zero energy homes could boost utility-led community solar, Utility Dive

Steps New York Must Take to Meet its Energy Efficiency Goals, nrdc.org

Grid resiliency and energy storage bill passes Massachusetts House, MassLive

Home Energy Storage System Installations Hit Record High In US, CleanTechnica

Massachusetts House approves study of mobile storage as grid resilience tool, Utility Dive

 

EVs

Con Edison and National Grid Want to Help You Buy an Electric Car, Greentech Media

Another Study Argues Electric Cars Are Bad for the Environment. It’s Demonstrably False, Greentech Media

Martha’s Vineyard Gets Charged Up By BYD Electric Buses, Inside EVs

Electric Cars Seen Imperiling U.S. Jobs by a Rare Trump Backer, Bloomberg

 

Nuclear

Second company investing in nuclear technology in N.B., Global News

FEMA report: Seabrook nuclear plant’s evacuation plans OK, Newburyport Daily News

Making nuclear energy safer and more affordable, MIT News

House Committee advances two nuclear energy bills, Daily Energy Insider

Next-gen Nukes, Grist.com

Millstone Power Station debate heats up, The Day

Public airs concerns over Oyster Creek closing, storage, Press of Atlantic City

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

FERC OKs help for Mystic plants, CommonWealth Magazine

Mass. lawmakers wrap up work on energy legislation, Boston Globe

Eversource asks regulators to reconsider Northern Pass transmission project, gas pipeline, Utility Dive

Dominion Energy Plans $1.5 Billion Power Plant Sale, Bloomberg

Three law firms team up for class-action suit against CMP for high bills, Bangor Daily News

Meeting on transmission line project draws a crowd, Daily Bulldog

National Grid requesting 19-percent rate increase in R.I., Providence Journal

As technology upends grid fundamentals, is load forecasting a crapshoot?, Utility Dive

Enemies line up to fight power-line project through Maine, Boston Globe

South Portland residents balk at CMP plan to expand substation, Portland Press Herald

MMWEC Retires Bonds; Reduces Outstanding Project Debt to Just $7 Million, Electric Energy Online

New York Utilities: We Believe Blockchain Is ‘Transformative,’ Greentech Media

The Cost of Preventing Baseload Retirements, Report by the Brattle Group on the DOE Memorandum

 

Editorial/Opinion

A fracking ban is hypocritical, CommonWealth Magazine

Planned transmission key to offshore wind race, CommonWealth Magazine

A crucial next step for Mass. clean energy, Boston Globe

Electricity trick or treat?, CommonWealth Magazine

National Grid explains its lockout, CommonWealth Magazine

Massachusetts needs to look at better energy sources, Worcester Telegram

Raise the Renewable Portfolio Standard, CommonWealth Magazine

Raise the Renewable Portfolio Standard II, CommonWealth Magazine

‘Yes’ on windmill ordinance, Sun Journal

Massachusetts residents pay the highest average retail price for power in the continental US, Boston Globe

NorthStar is the best hope for VY decommissioning, by Dan Jeffries, Keene Sentinel

Opposing the Granite Bridge Pipeline, New Hampshire Union Leader

Those who live near Seabrook nuke plant better know evacuation plan, Seacoastonline.com

Jamie Sayen: The truth about mega-biomass, Concord Monitor

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Energy News for week ending May 25, 2018

Taking it in | No reconsideration | They don’t belong to you

 

Happy Friday!

Given it’s the start of a long weekend we’ll keep it short today.

The biggest news of course was the awarding of the MA 83C RFP for offshore wind to Vineyard Wind. According to an article on Southcoasttoday.com there were some who were surprised that the state didn’t award contracts to two bidders. And just after the announcement Erich Stephens, chief development officer for Vineyard Wind, was quoted only as saying “I’m still at the point of … taking it in.” The New York Times also has a great story on what it means for the offshore wind industry in the US and in particular, New Bedford. And, how at the same time as Massachusetts’ announcement, “Rhode Island announced it would award a 400-megawatt offshore wind project to another bidder (Deepwater Wind) in the auction.”

The Union Leader reports “There will be no reconsideration of the Northern Pass by the state’s Site Evaluation Committee…An appeal to the state Supreme Court is now the most likely option for the project.”

And last for this week is a report in the Salem News that “State regulators earlier this year told a dozen electric, natural gas and water companies to show how they plan to pass along savings from a federal tax cut to their customers. Attorney General Maura Healey wasn’t happy with the response, it seems. Her office blasted the companies, calling their plans inadequate and accusing them of “holding onto tax revenues that legally do not belong to them,” in a letter to the state Department of Public Utilities…Healey’s office is hiring a private consultant to review the utilities’ plans and determine if they are fudging the numbers, Geary noted.

 

As always you can find events at Northeast Energy News. Enjoy the long weekend!

 

Offshore Wind/83C RFP/RI

‘Taking it in’: Vineyard Wind wins offshore wind contract with Massachusetts, South Coast Today

Project Selected to Bring Offshore Wind Energy to the Commonwealth, Mass.gov (press release)

Massachusetts and Rhode Island Contract for 1,200MW of Offshore Wind, Greentech Media

In Landmark Day, East Coast States Secure 1.2 GW of Offshore Wind for US, Renewable Energy World

Massachusetts Gains Foothold in Offshore Wind Power, Long Ignored in U.S., New York Times

Two big wind farms to rise off coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Boston Globe

Baker makes bold bet on offshore wind, CommonWealth Magazine

Massachusetts and Rhode Island announce large offshore wind projects, Press Herald

CMP’s parent company to build nation’s largest offshore wind project, Bangor Daily News

 

Natural Gas/Oil/Pipeline/Drilling

Northeast Region Slated for Record Natural Gas Pipeline Capacity Buildout in 2018, The Energy Collective

Divided FERC restricts climate impacts in pipeline reviews, Utility Dive

N.H. Supreme Court on natural gas pipeline expansion could provide spark for Northern Pass, Concord Monitor

NH court OKs novel pipeline financing approach, CommonWealth Magazine

Court Overturns Pipeline Denial, Valley News

Fall River Regrets Water Sale to Burrillville Power Plant, ecoRI news

The Great American Fracking Bubble, CleanTechnica

 

Renewables/Climate Change/RGGI

NY Task Force Examines Carbon Pricing Impacts, RTO Insider

NY Gov., Communities Question Environmental Justice of Proposed Waste-to-Energy Facility, Renewable Energy World

As more solar and wind come onto the grid, prices go down but new questions come up, The Conversation

1st Franklin candidates debate energy, climate policy, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Report: Renewables, Energy Efficiency in New England Will Replace the Need for Gas Pipelines, Renewable Energy World

Activists rally against bill that would allow energy incentives for biomass, The Providence Journal

 

Wind

Vineyard Wind to deploy wind measurement buoy at Massachusetts offshore wind project, Compelo

Turbine will not spin again in Falmouth, Cape Cod Times

New London, state leaders push offshore wind development as Mass., R.I. projects move forward, The Day

 

Solar

New UMaine energy proposal calls for biomass, solar, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

‘Solar For All’ Brings Green Energy To Lower-Income Households, WSHU

GID and Black Bear announce Massachusetts solar projects, pv magazine USA

Rhinebeck and Vermont solar companies merge, plan to add employees, Poughkeepsie Journal

City Council to talk solar power, The Laconia Daily Sun

 

Energy Efficiency/Storage

Energy Efficiency Leads in Job Growth as Energy Sector Adds Over 130,000 Jobs in 2017, Renewable Energy World

Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs Harder to Find, More Expensive in High-Poverty Neighborhoods, Greentech Media

 

EVs

Utility trade groups press EPA to embrace EVs in fuel standard rewrite, Utility Dive

EV charging could significantly reduce storage needs, DOE lab finds, Utility Dive

 

Nuclear

NorthStar makes new promises for Vermont Yankee purchase, Brattleboro Reformer

NRC releases summary of Seabrook nuclear plant visit, Gloucester Daily Times

Panel seeks to define state role in Pilgrim closure, Cape Cod Times

New Jersey Gov. Murphy signs bills creating zero emission credits for nuclear, Utility Dive

Proposed NRC rule changes raise safety concerns, Cape Cod Times

 

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Site Evaluation Committee rejects Northern Pass appeal for new hearing, Union Leader

Bill Gives Municipalities More Say in Power-Plant Siting, ecoRI news

Eversource Under Fire For Gas Rate Hike Request, Hartford Courant

3 Questions: New England’s wholesale electricity markets, MIT News

Electricity company overcharged customers millions, but was still losing money, Bangor Daily News

New York Public Service Commission forecasts lower energy prices this summer, Daily Energy Insider

Cold snap tested reliability of region’s power grid and arguments against fossil fuels, Portland Press Herald

Maine eyes lower ratepayer costs from increased electric integration with Canada, Utility Dive

Utilities slow in reducing charges, Salem News

New York State Public Service Commission begins management, operations audit of National Grid, Daily Energy Insider

Generators slam ISO-NE cost recovery proposal for Exelon gas plant, Utility Dive

Some Mainers question hydro-electricity line for MA, CommonWealth Magazine

Farmington rethinks endorsement of Quebec to Massachusetts power line, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Is the Great Experiment of Wholesale Electricity Competition Ending?, Electric Light and Power

Governor LePage seeks input on a new era in Maine energy, PenBayPilot.com

Concerns raised over CMP transmission line proposal, Daily Bulldog

Rhode Island and New England May Get Hit with Rolling Blackouts in the future, GoLocalProv

Blumenthal Slams Eversource For Proposed Rate Hike, New England Public Radio

 

Editorial/Opinion

Eversource: Time to rein in competitive electricity suppliers, CommonWealth Magazine

Offshore wind rush is irresponsible, CommonWealth Magazine

Natural gas is not a clean fuel, CommonWealth Magazine

We need to put a price on carbon, CommonWealth Magazine

How Massachusetts can blaze a trail for climate action, Boston Globe

“Green” energy, an environmental disaster, PowerLine Blog

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