Report: $100 Billion Would Put Northern New England On 80 % Clean Energy

A group of nonprofits says Northern New England could adopt renewable energy on a large scale – at a cost of $100 billion. The study, commissioned by the Nature Conservancy and Coastal Enterprises, Inc., says Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are already spending billions a year to import fossil fuels. Instead, the report by Vermont Energy Investment Corp. says the …

ISO New England Interconnection Queue Has More Offshore Wind Than Gas

New England’s transmission operator ISO New England reportedly boasts an interconnection queue of 20,000 megawatts (MW) and includes 10,000 MW of offshore wind. The 30 MW Block Island offshore wind farm, the United States’ (currently) only offshore wind farm ISO New England’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Vamsi Chadalavada, gave a market update presentation at a New England …

New Hampshire Enters the Offshore Wind Race

Gov. Chris Sununu has asked the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to establish an offshore wind task force for the state. JUSTIN GERDES JANUARY 21, 2019 New Hampshire is testing the feasibility of offshore wind. New Hampshire may soon join the handful of New England states actively pursuing offshore wind energy development. On January 2, Governor Chris Sununu sent a …

Innovative ‘bring your own battery’ program approved in New Hampshire

By DAVID BROOKS Monitor staff Monday, January 21, 2019 1 1 Print ENERGY GRANITE GEEK The state has approved an innovative program to let people in the Upper Valley install home batteries partly controlled by the local utility, both to trim their electric bills and to help the power grid cope with the changing realities of electricity production. On Thursday, …

Energy Conference Foreshadows Legislative Debate; Utilities Signal Support For Renewables

The state’s Business and Industry Association talked energy rates, infrastructure and policy Thursday at an annual symposium in Manchester, and the pros and cons of renewable development were a big topic. Eversource’s New Hampshire CEO Bill Quinlan and others said that they expect the region will be reliant on natural gas for at least the next decade. But long-term, Quinlan …

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 …