Record-Breaking Massachusetts Offshore Wind Auction Reaps $405 Million in Winning Bids

A record-breaking auction buoyed the U.S. offshore wind industry last Friday when a “bidding bonanza” for three lease areas offshore Massachusetts yielded $405 million in winning bids. After 32 rounds of bidding spread across two days, provisional winners were announced for lease areas covering 390,000 acres (see map) in federal waters located south of both Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. According …

The most important science policy issue in every state

New Hampshire: Maintaining renewable-energy growth New Hampshire is at a crossroads in its efforts to produce more renewable energy. Under a 2007 state rule, utilities must include more green power in their mix of sources. The 2018 target is 18.7 percent; by 2025, that target will be 25.2 percent. Granite State lawmakers recently passed bills to goose both the solar- …

Hurricane Florence crippled electricity and coal — solar and wind were back the next day

Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Florence swamped North and South Carolina, thousands of residents who get power from coal-fired utilities remain without electricity. Yet solar installations, which provide less than 5 percent of North Carolina’s energy, were up and running the day after the storm, according to electricity news outlet GTM. And while half of Duke Energy’s customers were without …

City wastewater treatment plant plugs into the sun

Link: https://www.eagletimes.com/news/city-wastewater-treatment-plant-plugs-into-the-sun/article_7ad44454-8fa3-11e8-bab7-cb671491e3a6.html CLAREMONT — An array of dignitaries turned out at 9 a.m. on a rainy morning to cut the ribbon at the new solar array at Claremont’s wastewater treatment plant. “The plant is the city’s biggest energy user,” said Assistant Public Works Director Victor St. Pierre. The solar array will produce 25 percent of the plant’s energy. The project …

Lynne Kiesling: Better Grids, Better Markets, Better Choices

Find original post at: http://www.choosingcleanenergy.org/better-grid-better-markets-better-choices/ Dr. Lynne Kiesling is a Visiting Associate Professor in Economics, Associate Director, Purdue University Research Center in Economics.  She was a panelist at the DC Grid Modernization Forum hosted at the Dirksen Building on Capitol Hill on September 13, 2017 I’m writing this post on my office computer in West Lafayette, Indiana, listening to a streaming …

What does Plaistow have to do with Paris? – Venu Rao and Charles Forcey, NHBR

Find original post at: http://www.nhbr.com/Sept-1-2017/What-does-Plaistow-have-to-do-with-Paris/   10 years ago, 164 New Hampshire towns foreshadowed the climate accord   BY VENU RAO AND CHARLES FORCEY How is Alton connected to Australia, Meredith to Malta, Tuftonboro to Thailand or Stratham to Spain? They all have resolved to reduce fossil fuel emissions. At town meetings in 2007, citizens in 164 New Hampshire towns passed …

Do we need more energy or more conservation?

Carsey report recharges debate over power supply Energy demand is going down, energy supply not so much. So if we commit ourselves to build expensive power projects we won’t need, the price of energy will go up. That’s the simple economic idea behind a recently released report by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire, …

Pipelines and Electric Bills

The ongoing debate over how New Hampshire can help businesses reduce their energy costs may become more heated as a result of a new study just released by the University of New Hampshire. The study warns that New Hampshire electric customers could see their bills increase over time if they are asked to pay for interstate pipelines that would bring …

New Report: New Hampshire’s Electricity Future

New Report: New Hampshire's Electricity Future

There’s a new report out on New Hampshire’s electricity future and it has a different point of view. Here are some of the findings. You don’t need to increase energy use to grow the economy.