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Energy News for week ending July 21, 2017

TGIF to all!  A few news items of note…

The Patriot Ledger reports Gov. Charlie Baker has broken his long silence on the controversial natural-gas compressor station Monday, ordering state agencies to review the Fore River project’s potential impact. Spectra Energy wants to build a 7,700-horsepower compressor on the river bank.

Construction has started on what is expected to be Maine’s largest municipally owned solar array. The one-megawatt solar array will be composed of 2,944 solar panels. Officials expect the array to generate 1.2 million kilowatt-hours of energy per year according to U.S. News & World Report.

Lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee recently voted to slash Energy Star funding in the fiscal year 2018 budget — an improvement over previous calls to cut the program entirely, but advocates say the impact could still be “crippling.”

Natural Gas

Baker’s review of Weymouth compressor station applauded, Patriot Ledger

Stepping up the pressure, Boston Globe

State to look into health, safety concerns around Weymouth compressor station, (subscriber content) Boston Business Journal

Gov. Baker orders state to investigate compressor station issues, Greenfield Recorder

Catholic nuns in Pa. build a chapel to block the path of a gas pipeline planned for their property, Washington Post

Unitil to expand natural gas line through downtown, Fosters.com

Pipeline Construction, And Protests, Continue In Sandisfield, NEPR

Finding leaks while they’re easy to fix, MIT News

Renewables

South Portland’s Major Solar Array Project Begins, U.S. News & World Report

New Hampshire law benefits biomass power production, Biomass Magazine

Record Demand Puts Popular N.H. Renewable Energy Rebate Program On Hold, NHPR

Federal SunShot program funds $5.5M in Mass. solar projects, (subscriber content) Boston Business Journal

California Leads Off: Now RGGI Must Grab the Climate Baton, Natural Resources Defense Council

Eversource rate case poses woes for solar projects, Patriot Ledger

Solar debate heats up again, Boston Globe

Falmouth ruling bolsters cause for neighbors of Plymouth turbines, Cape Cod Times

In New England, Cooperative Values Drive Solar Growth – Episode 41 of Local Energy Rules Podcast, Renewable Energy News

Brookline launches renewable energy program with opt-out system, Wicked Local Brookline

Bay State Wind Receives First Offshore Wind Site Assessment Plan Approval in the United States, (Press Release) Business Wire

Maine large-scale manufacturers eligible for energy rebates, Mainebiz

Energy Efficiency

House Appropriations Committee votes to cut Energy Star funding 40%, Utility Dive

Green Energy Committee: Lincoln residents complete 162 home energy assessments, Wicked Local Lincoln

Energy Efficiency Upgrades Illuminate Six Ion Bank Branches, Patch.com

Nuclear

EXCLUSIVE: Gov’t Red Tape Costs Every Nuclear Plant $63 Million Annually, Daily Caller

Washington, DC firm signed to dismantle Vermont Yankee reactor, Commons

US Finds ‘Apparent Violations’ of Security at Millstone, Hartford Courant

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Delays Push Burrillville Power Plant Toward Irrelevance, ecoRI news

More than 100 state legislators join opposition against Northern Pass, Concord Monitor

New Energy Alert Can Do More Than Save You Money, ecoRI news

Vermont regulators to examine grid modernization, Utility Dive

Options for Energy Storage that Aren’t Batteries, WCAI

Electric meter mistake costs Monson family big bucks, Western Mass News

Indigenous Community Airs Long-Standing Grievances at Northern Pass Hearing, NHPR

Footprint plant work extension to go forward, The Salem News

In Webster, Residents Weigh In On New Proposed Power Line, New Hampshire Public Radio

Quakers go on 60-mile pilgrimage from Portsmouth to Bow in protest of coal-fired plants, The Union Leader

Grid threats require ‘imagining the unimaginable’ — report, E&E News

Editorial/Opinion

Pilgrim closure requires oversight, not panic, Cape Cod Times

A lousy electric bill: Concord not on ratepayers’ side, The Union Leader

CMP chief: Lawmakers should sustain Gov. LePage’s veto of solar bill, Press Herald

Editorial: Bridging the gap of energy eras, Concord Monitor

Letter: Let Pessamit Innu speak on Northern Pass, Concord Monitor

Letter: Fight the power, Concord Monitor

Events

2017 Fuels Conference, Northeast Energy and Commerce Association, Marlborough, MA, September 27, 2017

Microgrid 2017 Conference, IDEA, MRC and Microgrid Knowledge, Boston, MA, November 6-8, 2017

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Energy News for week ending March 10, 2017

Happy Friday afternoon. Let’s get right to it.

Elisa Wood at Microgrid Knowledge reports that in one day two states made history-making moves on distributed energy resources. She writes that New York ordered actions that begin placing a value on distributed energy resources, a key move in creating the kind of decentralized grid the state is pursuing under its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) policy. And that meanwhile, Massachusetts issued an awaited solicitation that makes significant funding available for energy storage, a technology that promises to disrupt the way the electric power industry has managed energy for more than a century – and in doing so elevate microgrids, solar and other distributed energy resources. Wood notes, both states are often on the vanguard of energy policy innovations.

The news coming out of Washington, DC isn’t looking so good for the Energy Star Program. The Washington Post reports that even though the Energy Star program is good for the climate and economy, Trump wants to kill it anyway. According to the story, since its inception, the Energy Star program says it has saved consumers an estimated $430 billion on utility bills and avoided 2.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Journalist Chelsea Harvey writes, “Why the administration sees fit to remove it, then, remains unclear. But some say the budget proposal may not get much further, anyway. Some lawmakers have suggested that the plan is likely to face resistance in Congress, even among Republicans. And the treatment of the Energy Star program may spur criticism from the private sector as well.” Let’s hope she’s right.

The plans for the budget slashing at the EPA led its Chief Environmental Justice Official, Mustafa Ali, to step down. According to the story in Inside Climate News, Ali penned a long letter, “devoid of rancor” to Scott Pruitt, the EPA’s new administrator, urging him not to kill the agency’s programs.

Speaking of environmental downsizing, the Boston Globe reports that Massachusetts is enforcing its environmental rules less due to years of reductions in staff. The good news is that the administration’s latest budget proposal calls for a 4 percent increase for the DEP, some of which is earmarked to hire 15 new compliance officers.

Lastly, on the South Shore and Buzzards Bay, some Plymouth-based wind turbines are raising the hackles of neighbors. The Cape Cod Times reports that the four turbines on the Keith Mann Cranberry Bog, just over the border from Bourne are resulting in stories of deafening noise, unexplained headaches, and restless nights – by residents of Bourne. Bourne Selectman Michael Blanton said, “It was put right on the town line, right on the county line; just outside of our reach to be able to exercise any jurisdiction, exercise any regulatory authority and really … approve, disapprove or mitigate much of the project to any degree.” Bourne officials have pleaded with the Plymouth Board of Health and the MA DEP for relief, but at the moment, still feel “kind of helpless.”

There are a lot more news stories below. Have a great weekend.

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Environmental Study: Leaking Gas Pipelines Costing State Consumers Millions, Adding Air Pollution, Hartford Courant

Amended plan for power plant might spur new opinions from R.I. agencies, Providence Journal

Quincy throws its weight and dollars behind compressor-station appeal, The Patriot Ledger

CLF Sues Over Johnston Reselling Water For Burrillville Power Plant, Rhode Island Public Radio

Local Environmental Groups Unite Against Power Plant, ecoRI news

Delays Could Derail Proposed Burrillville Power Plant, ecoRI news

Fast Growth Coming for Northeast Shale Gas Pipelines, Bloomberg BNA

EIA’s Changing Oil, Natural Gas Projections For 2017, 2018, Forbes

What do people call Baker about? The Weymouth natural gas compressor station, for starters, Boston Globe

Renewable Energy

Plan could increase Rhode Island renewables to 1 GW by 2020, HydroWorld

Competing strategies emerge on offshore wind, CommonWealth Magazine

Wind turbines raise hackles in Plymouth and Bourne, Cape Cod Times

Wind Power Blows Through Nuclear, Coal as Costs Drop at Sea, Bloomberg

1 MW Community Solar Farm Goes Online In Southeastern Mass., Solar Industry

Rhode Island Officials Embrace Fossil-Fuel Power Plant, But Say They Want More Renewable Energy, ecoRI news

Solar energy had record year in 2016, FuelFix

Tesla built a huge solar energy plant on the island of Kauai, The Verge

Solar explosion: The changing landscape of residential solar, GazetteNET

Greenhouse at Lebanon farm producing power along with plants, theday.com

Seven Maine businesses land renewable energy grants, Mainebiz

Big Wind critics: New sound rules for Vermont wind turbines fall short, Watchdog.org

Swanton wind will go ahead despite PSB setback, vtdigger.org

RENEW Northeast Welcomes Offshore Wind Developers, National Wildlife Federation, North American Windpower

‘Let me show you how to go 100% renewable energy’, EcoGeneration

Massachusetts Schools, Town Cut Costs With New Brownfield Solar Project, Energy Central

Energy Efficiency

Quincy, National Grid help make homes more energy efficient, The Patriot Ledger

Evergreen Home Performance wins award from Efficiency Maine, PenBayPilot.com

White House plans to ‘close out’ Energy Star, other programs, E&E News

The Energy Star program is good for the climate and the economy. Trump wants to kill it anyway., Washington Post

Nuclear

Vermont AG files for intervenor status in Vermont Yankee sale, The Keene Sentinel

Feds commit to Vermont public meeting on Yankee sale, vtdigger.org

Tribe wants say in Vermont Yankee sale, vtdigger.org

Nuke plant, town reach deal over pier damage, Seacoastonline.com

Battle resumes over opening utility markets to Millstone, The CT Mirror

No status change for Pilgrim nuclear plant, The Patriot Ledger

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

One Day, Two States, History Making Moves on Distributed Energy Resources, Microgrid Knowledge

Sparks fly on electric vehicle provision, CommonWealth Magazine

Mass. is enforcing its environmental rules less, The Boston Globe

New York PSC directs utilities to deploy 2 or more grid-scale storage projects, Utility DIVE

Dunkin’ Donuts, Eversource, National Grid Develop Energy Program, Energy Manager Today

Hinds opposes Eversource rate hike request, Berkshire Eagle

Durham ‘lacks confidence’ in Eversource data, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Report: White House planning deep cuts to DOE efficiency, renewables office, Utility DIVE

Report: New Energy Projects Not Needed for NH’s Economic Growth, New Hampshire Public Radio

After losing money on hydropower venture, Camden to decommission Seabright Dam, PenBayPilot.com

Hanover Pond restored in Meriden; testing of hydroelectric technology underway, Meriden Record Journal

Purchase of 13 dams on the Connecticut River nearing finish line, vtdigger.org

New Hampshire Climate Denier’s Work Has Powerful New Audience: His Brother, The Governor, DeSmog

Could biofuel save Maine’s timber industry?, Bangor Daily News

Editorial/Opinion

Our Opinion: Eversource rates and the east-west divide, Berkshire Eagle

Battle resumes over opening utility markets to Millstone, The CT Mirror

Replacing the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant with Energy Efficiency, Huffington Post

Jon Copans: Modelling a local and vibrant climate economy, vtdigger.org

Trump’s puzzling clean energy stance, CommonWealth Magazine

A Guide to the Debate Over Closing Nuclear Plants, Greentech Media

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Energy news for week ending March 25

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Renewable Energy

Energy Efficiency

Nuclear

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Energy Events

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Energy News for week ending January 16, 2016

 

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Speliotis joins pipeline intervention, The Salem News

Export anxiety: Where will pipeline’s natural gas wind up?, The Recorder

Conservation Law Foundation to join fight against NED pipeline, The Keene Sentinel

Anti-pipeline group unhappy with company’s responses during Lunenburg meeting Sentinel & Enterprise

State Senate Leaders Announce Plan on Porter Ranch Gas Leak, NBC Southern California

Statewide Mass Audubon leader weighs in on pipeline, Pleasant Valley site damage, Berkshire Eagle

Selectmen okay pipeline survey work, Worcester Telegram

Dracut to hire lawyer in gas pipeline battle, Lowell Sun

Kinder Morgan gives Rindge 30-day deadline on project proposal, The Union Leader

3 Nearby Forums This Week on Controversial Pipeline, Patch.com

Renewable Energy

Vermont regulators approve new line to bring Canadian renewables to New England, Utility Dive

Hamden zoning commission approves solar panel array at landfill, New Haven Register

Poll: New Hampshire Voters Support Solar Net Metering, Oppose Solar Cap, Solar Industry

Covanta to close two Maine WTE plants due to low energy prices, Waste Dive

America’s gathering offshore revolution, GCR

Solar’s fate in Legislature, Danvers Wicked Local

Riverside Commons installs solar energy system, Worcester Telegram

Community Solar Array projects on the rise, Shelburne News

Vermont reaffirms energy goal of 90 percent renewable by 2050, Rutland Herald

Energy Efficiency

New Energy-Saving Incandescent Light Bulb, CleanTechnica

Energize Connecticut announces eesmarts statewide student contest, Stratford Star

USDA secretary announces energy efficiency loan program PennEnergy

College cuts energy usage and costsMainebiz

Nuclear

PILGRIM NUCLEAR POWER STATION: Inspections focus on plant’s corrective action plan, Wicked Local Plymouth

The State of the Union and Nuclear Energy Policy, (blog) NEI Nuclear Notes

Vital projects for the Windham County region announced, Brattleboro Reformer

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Gearing up for National Grid, Block Island Times 

New England electric rates to be investigated, The Union Leader

Politics behind the plug, CommonWealth Magazine

Beaton: Competition seen in hydropower market, Worcester Telegram

Orleans takes further steps against Eversource, Wicked Local Orleans

Fossil Free RI statement on Invenergy power plant hearing, RI Future

Medway: Exelon water hearings on Friday, Milford Daily News

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Energy News for week ending December 11, 2015

COP21 Paris

What the World Can Learn from New England About Living in a Changing Climate, Huffington Post

At Paris Climate Summit, Cities Seen As Key In Fight Against Global Climate Issues, WBUR

In the COP21 Battle of Ideas, One Common Thread (Blog), Huffington Post

NRG, National Grid, and others commit to science-based carbon targets at Paris Climate Talks, UtilityDive

Mayor Walsh announces Boston receives international award at climate talks, WickedLocal West Roxbury

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Pipeline foes: Kinder Morgan financial woes a bad sign for Northeast Energy Direct, MassLive

Natural Gas Pipeline Opponents Speak Up in Vt. And Europe,  NECN

Caution: Future Market Need for Natural Gas Pipelines is Smaller than You Think, (Blog) Environmental Defense Fund

FERC rejects Bettencourt plea, The Salem News

New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte opposes Kinder Morgan pipeline, MassLive.com

Dracut pipeline opponents, frustrated with town, vow to continue fight , Lowell Sun

Hundreds expected to march against pipeline in Concord Friday, The Keene Sentinel

Pipeline scrutiny heats up, New Hampshire Business Review

Pipeline opponents puzzled by leaders’ words, actions about proposed project, The Keene Sentinel

Questions raised over tests of Gonzales Field, Wicked Local Westwood

Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency

Report Touts Wind Energy’s Potential To Curb Carbon Emissions , Rhode Island Public Radio

Report: Mass. utilities target over $20B in efficiency savings in a decade, UtilityDive

Block Island Wind Turbine Construction Complete For The SeasonRhode Island Public Radio

Wind benefits Maine’s environment, Today’s Energy Solutions

Owner of former coal plant in Holyoke will raze smoke stack, go solar, MassLive

Solar advocates rally as Maine PUC contemplates policy changes, Lewiston Sun Journal

Portland weighs several solar energy projects, Press Herald

Google’s Project Sunroof expanding across the US, ZDNet

NH CleanTech, Granite State Hydro Form Alliance, Patch.com

Nuclear

Nuclear industry targets 30% cost reduction by 2018 to remain competitive, UtilityDive

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

Raimondo order sets plan to reduce RI’s carbon footprint, The Providence Journal

N.H. siting panel: Northern Pass application complete,Foster’s Daily Democrat

TDI likely to transmit hydro, wind power to southern New England, VTDigger.org

Cape Light Compact announces reduced electricity rates, Barnstable Patriot

How capacity payments work, Concord Monitor

Medway: Exelon hearings begin with the basics, Milford Daily News

Large energy projects in NH move forward, The Union Leader

 

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Energy News for week ending September 11, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

Crowd airs pipeline concerns to Senate president as energy issues converge, Politico

As US rushes to build gas lines, failure rate of new pipes has spiked, SNL

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern: Questions remain about Kinder Morgan pipeline, MassLive

Mayor asks FERC for pipeline meeting in Peabody, The Salem News

Judge abruptly halts hearing on gas pipeline in W. Roxbury, Boston Herald

New study supports Kinder Morgan Pipeline, wwlp.com

Energy company steps up lobbying for natural gas pipeline, Gloucester Daily Times

Pipeline needed before it’s too late, (opinion) CommonWealth

Gas leaks identified region-wide, Wicked Local Winchester

Renewable Energy

Mass Power Forward energy coalition launches advocacy effort in Berkshires, The Berkshire Eagle

Power change on Maine farms, Press Herald

Baker to locals: press ahead with solar projects, wwlp.com

The Debate Over Capping Solar Energy Incentives In Mass., WBUR

New England’s Biggest Wind Farm to Come Online This Fall, Power Engineering

Officials plan to take state park in Vermont off the grid, add solar power, PennEnergy

Massachusetts on target to exceed solar energy goals, amid debate over solar incentives, MassLive

North Adams ‘Cuts Cord’ at Solar Array Celebration, iBerkshires.com

North Adams to be 100 percent solar powered, WNYT

A bright future for roadside solar farms, Boston Globe

Big Solar Generates Concerns, Valley News (VT)

Community solar farms growing around Maine, Portland Press Herald

Local group pushes for solar power in Maine, WGME

Bitter Wind: A Town Divided Over A Controversial Maine Wind Farm, Yale Environment 360

Concord seeks bids for a solar farm, Concord Monitor

Growing NY wind power spurs proposal for transmission line under Lake Champlain, Utility Dive

Solar Project Atop Landfill Helps Vermont City Shine, waste360

Could your child’s uneaten broccoli help provide electricity?, Fortune

Nuclear

Concrete degradation forces call for closing of Seabrook plant, Eagle-Tribune

VY panel: Okay to disagree, Commons

Alarmists alienate the moderate middle, (opinion) Cape Cod Times

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

A cost of oil: New England winter carbon emissions climb as region turns to dual fuel, SNL

Charlie Baker seeks aggressive steps to address high power costs, Boston Globe

Baker defends push for hydro contracts, CommonWealth

How Massachusetts utilities plan to modernize their grids and rate designs, Utility Dive

Connecticut residents will join together in protest of Oxford power plant, Easton Courier

Forward NH Plan will benefit ratepayers, (opinion) Foster’s Daily Democrat

More of Northern Pass could be buried because of cable technology, Concord Monitor

Medway: Exelon responds to information requests, Wicked Local Medway

Energy Efficiency

Easton awarded $212500 in energy efficiency grant funding, Wicked Local Easton

State senators announce $12.5K municipal energy grants for Sudbury, Wicked Local Sudbury

Heat your home without wasting energy this season, Westerly Sun

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Energy News for week ending August 14, 2015

Natural Gas/Pipeline

UIL optimistic on natural gas conversion rates, New Haven Register

Natural gas protesters arrested after locking themselves to entrance of Spectra station, Providence Journal

Rural RI at Heart of Region’s Natural-Gas Debate, ecoRI news

Developer: Pipeline plan means money for towns, Eagle-Tribune

Pipeline foes: Keep money, Sentinel & Enterprise

Residents, pols pan pipeline, Lowell Sun

Foes of pipeline vent at Dracut hearing, Sentinel & Enterprise

Thousands of natural gas leaks in state go unrepaired, Enterprise News

Rosenberg Calls On Berkshire Gas To Lift Moratorium On New Service, New England Public Radio

Energy Efficiency

EnergySavvy Goes Back to Paper to Engage the Ratepayer Masses, Greentech Media

Environmental Journal: A high-energy week on Capitol Hill, The Providence Journal

VPR plans $8M radio station of the future, Burlington Free Press

Renewable Energy

Massachusetts Solar Bill Raises Net Metering Caps, Looks to Replace SREC Program, Greentech Media

Scituate seeing green with turbine, Wicked Local Scituate

West Warwick Flips the Switch to Wind Power, ecoRI

Note to utilities: Here’s why 2015 is the ‘tipping point’ for community solar, Utility Dive

Edgecomb Solar Farm first community owned in Maine, Boothbay Register

The Triple Threat: Community Choice, Microgrids and Community Solar, Microgrid Knowledge

Aiming to boost solar industry, Gov. Charlie Baker proposes bill raising ‘net metering’ cap, MassLive.com

Baker bill aims to grow solar power, adjust incentives, Worcester Business Journal

Gov. Baker files new solar legislation amid criticism, Boston Business Journal (blog)

Analysis: Wind power taking off in U.S., Press Herald

Renewable Energy Policies had a Tough Year in the New Hampshire House and Senate, Seacoastonline.com

Nuclear

No nukes = no jobs: Brattleboro housing market dives as Vermont Yankee exits region, Addison Eagle

Seabrook Station approved for next step toward re-licensing, The Union Leader

PLYMOUTH ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS: ZBA OKs 160-foot met tower for Pilgrim, Wicked Local Plymouth

Obama’s Clean Power Plan: Can Nuclear Power Beat the Global Threat of Coal?, Working Knowledge/HBS

Markets/Grid/Policy/Prices/Etc.

State falling short on carbon reduction goals, Barnstable Patriot

The Argument: Would Exelon’s proposed power benefit Medway?, (opinions pro and con), Boston Globe

NH towns, schools look to join to buy power, Union Leader

Heat-trapping pollution from power plants down, Press Herald

Mild Summer cuts Air Conditioning, Lowers Electricity Costs, Hartford Courant

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