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Renewable Advocates Target ISO New England

Trade groups claim the grid operator unfairly favors natural gas
Trade groups claim the grid operator unfairly favors natural gas For years, state and local governments have been hounding grid operators for more clean energy resources to help… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/renewable-advocates-target-iso-new-england/

Power Plants Continue Binging Fuel Oil

Trend reported last issue continued through February
Trend reported last issue continued through February In last month’s cover story, Oil & Energy reported that 17.1 million gallons of  fuel oil were consumed for power generation… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/power-plants-continue-binging-fuel-oil/

Renewable Portfolio Standards Chart

A list of current renewable power generation targets, by state and investor-owned utility
Last month, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a Corporate Goal case model comparing utility emission reduction targets with the Reference Case of last… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/renewable-portfolio-standards-chart/

Once Again, Heating Oil Comes to the Rescue

Industry helped keep the lights on for millions of East Coast homes and businesses
Industry helped keep the lights on for millions of East Coast homes and businesses The alert went out on January 11 at 2:00 p.m. ISO New England, the region’s electric grid… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/once-again-heating-oil-comes-rescue/

Drought Relief for Western States

Water shortage has major implications for hydropower and agriculture industries
Water shortage has major implications for hydropower and agriculture industries Over 70% of the American West, Southwest and Northern Plains has been categorized as a D3 (severe)… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/drought-relief-western-states/

Our Cleaner, Safer Fuels Also Support America’s Grids

While utilities on the West Coast are burning down forests, our industry is revitalizing the Northeast’s forest economy and preventing electricity peaking in the process
While utilities on the West Coast are burning down forests, our industry is revitalizing the Northeast’s forest economy and preventing electricity peaking in the process Last… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/our-cleaner-safer-fuels-also-support-americas-grids/

EIA Charts Fossil Fuel and Petroleum Products Source and Sector “Spaghetti”

In 2020, power plants used more than triple the amount of fossil fuels consumed by all residential buildings in the U.S.
In 2020, power plants used more than triple the amount of fossil fuels consumed by all residential buildings in the U.S. In early May, the U.S. Energy Information Administration… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/eia-charts-fossil-fuel-and-petroleum-products-source-and-sector-spaghetti/

Fallout from Texas Energy Crisis Continues

Death toll climbs as electric grid operator points fingers
Death toll climbs as electric grid operator points fingers In the March 2021 issue of Oil & Energy, we reported — based on then-current news coverage — that more than 30 people… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/fallout-texas-energy-crisis-continues/

The Cold, Dark Future of Electrification

Widespread blackouts, high energy costs portend crisis for “electrify everything” movement
Widespread blackouts, high energy costs portend crisis for “electrify everything” movement Power outages plunged more than 4 million Texas homes and businesses into darkness… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/cold-dark-future-electrification/

Central Maine Power Line Stalled Again

Proposal has cleared final regulatory hurdles but more obstacles remain
Proposal has cleared final regulatory hurdles but more obstacles remain Almost three years after its announcement, Central Maine Power’s proposal for a 145-mile electricity… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/central-maine-power-line-stalled-again/

Propane Providers Band Together

When Tropical Storm Isaias left over 800,000 Connecticut customers without power, propane dealers from in and out of state answered the call
When Tropical Storm Isaias left over 800,000 Connecticut customers without power, propane dealers from in and out of state answered the call They say pictures speak louder than… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/propane-providers-band-together/

Sundown

Solar industry hit hard by pandemic-related uncertainty
Solar industry hit hard by pandemic-related uncertainty As in most industries, the last few months have been life changing for the solar industry. Last year, solar installations… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/sundown/

Net Metering Under Threat

Regulator intervention could forever change rooftop solar market
Regulator intervention could forever change rooftop solar market For decades, net metering has been the cornerstone of the growing rooftop solar market. There are 41 states with… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/net-metering-under-threat/

Farm to Grid

Dairy farmers are using manure and food waste to make electricity
Local dairy farmers in Massachusetts are now producing their own renewable energy. The farms are using anaerobic digesters with a combined heat and power (CHP) energy system to… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/farm-grid/

ISO-NE Capacity Prices Fall to Record Low

Grid operator sees a win for ratepayers … but what’s the deal?
New England’s competitive wholesale electricity markets are producing record low prices. In February, the Independent System Operator of New England (ISO-NE) held its 14th annual… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/iso-ne-capacity-prices-fall-record-low/

Coal Companies Seek Bankruptcy Protection

The mines have closed and now the well of worker benefits is drying up
In October, Murray Energy Corp., the private coal giant filed for Chapter 11 protection. What makes this notable is that it’s the fifth coal company in a string of bankruptcies… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/coal-companies-seek-bankruptcy-protection/

Loose Screw Economics

Heat pump conversions would unbearably burden both homes and the grid
At the 2019 Heating & Energizing America Trade Show (HEAT Show) in Providence, Rhode Island, Northeast heating oil industry leaders laid out the case for renewable liquid heating… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/loose-screw-economics/

New England Clean Energy Connect Project Faces Questions

CMP line would bring hydropower from Quebec, but at what cost?
Nine hundred fifty million dollars: that’s the official price tag on Central Maine Power’s (CMP’s) proposed transmission line, which would carry up to 1,200 megawatts of… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/new-england-clean-energy-connect-project-faces-questions/

Massachusetts’ Only Nuclear Power Plant Is Retired

On May 31, the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Massachusetts was powered down for the last time, beginning the long process of decommissioning the 47-year-old plant. Since 1972, the plant has looked out over Cape Cod Bay, producing 680 megaw…
On May 31, the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Massachusetts was powered down for the last time On May 31, the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Massachusetts… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/massachusetts-only-nuclear-power-plant-retired/

Holyoke’s Path Away From Coal

Is Holyoke a model for communities shifting to renewables? The city of Holyoke, Massachusetts is enjoying a little shine in the national spotlight these days. The city is getting high marks for its transition from home of the state’s last coal-fired plant…
Is Holyoke a model for communities shifting to renewables? The city of Holyoke, Massachusetts is enjoying a little shine in the national spotlight these days. The city is getting… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/holyokes-path-away-coal/

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