Energy

Energy study draws divergent reactions

Energy study draws divergent reactions

Baker still backs ‘additional natural gas capacity’

THE TWO SIDES fighting over whether the region needs additional natural gas pipeline capacity both took comfort on Thursday from a fuel security study by the operator of the region’s power grid. The Baker administration, meanwhile, issued a statement that appeared to fall somewhere in the middle while supporting “additional natural gas capacity.” The study(...)

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Mass. needs to think bigger on offshore wind

Mass. needs to think bigger on offshore wind

Need bigger procurement to attract supply chain

MASSACHUSETTS HAS A ONCE-IN-A-GENERATION opportunity to build a world-class offshore wind industry. The Commonwealth has embarked on a series of procurements to develop at least 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind, enough to power 600,000 homes over the next 10 years, and will likely build much more than that. Millions of Bay State consumers will depend on(...)

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ISO study warns of precarious energy future

ISO study warns of precarious energy future

Most scenarios envision emergency actions, including rolling blackouts

A NEW STUDY by the operator of the region’s power grid warns that without additional natural gas pipeline capacity New England will face a precarious energy future, where emergency actions such as rolling blackouts are likely to become a reality on several days a year. The fuel security study by ISO-New England examined 23 different(...)

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Generators burned 2m barrels of oil over 15 days

Generators burned 2m barrels of oil over 15 days

Region’s power grid operator concerned about emissions limitations

FROM DECEMBER 25 UNTIL JANUARY 9, New England power generators burned close to 2 million barrels of oil, which is more than they burned during the rest of 2017 and all of 2016 combined. Oil is generally not a preferred fuel for producing electricity because it is relatively inefficient at generating power and it produces(...)

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More natural gas not answer to climate change

More natural gas not answer to climate change

Short-term answer is energy efficiency, insulation

AS MOTHERS AND CAREGIVERS, we are appalled that the executive director of the New England Petroleum Council, Stephen Dodge, characterizes concerned citizens as “environmental extremists” in his Commonwealth magazine opinion piece entitled “The Terrible Price of Inaction.” This narrative continues the petroleum industry’s long-term refusal to acknowledge the facts of climate disruption, the same disruption(...)

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Procurement not following regular playbook

Procurement not following regular playbook

Bidders for clean energy contract mount ‘outside’ campaigns

CENTRAL MAINE POWER sent out a press release and started running ads on Thursday questioning why Massachusetts electricity customers should pay an extra $2 billion over 20 years for clean energy. The Maine utility’s eye-catching question is just one example of how a Massachusetts procurement process for billions of dollars worth of clean energy has(...)

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With temps rising, power grid back to normal

With temps rising, power grid back to normal

Natural gas resumes dominant role; wholesale prices fall

WITH TEMPERATURES RISING, the New England power grid returned to normal on Wednesday as wholesale prices fell and generators returned to producing electricity using natural gas instead of oil. At 4:37 p.m. on Wednesday, the fuel mix of the region’s power generators was 53 percent natural gas, 25 percent nuclear, 8 percent renewables, 7 percent(...)

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How now cow power?

How now cow power?

Cows providing fuel for electricity

IN A RURAL valley south of Deerfield, power lines strung on new poles run along a stretch of muddy gravel between the main road and the interior of Bar-Way Farm, where hundreds of cows provide electricity along with their milk. Manure from the cows is pumped into a massive, red, airtight tank that acts like(...)

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DPU oks new fees on solar, wind installations

DPU oks new fees on solar, wind installations

Eversource: Net metering customers not paying their fair share

EVERSOURCE ENERGY CUSTOMERS who install new solar or wind installations on their property after December 31 of this year will face higher monthly charges under a ruling last week by the state Department of Public Utilities. The DPU approved a rate hike for Eversource at the end of November, but put off ruling on how(...)

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More pipelines aren’t the answer

More pipelines aren’t the answer

The weather outside is frightful – and so is our over-reliance on natural gas

NEW ENGLAND IS in the clutches of a frigid winter. This is putting demands on our energy resources and driving up electricity prices during the few hours of the day when consumer electricity use is highest. Concerns over these temporary price spikes are warranted, particularly given their impacts on our most vulnerable. But year after(...)

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