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First Offshore Wind Farm in the United States Begins Construction

August 14, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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United States Offshore Wind

In July, American offshore wind developer, Deepwater Wind, installed the first foundation for what is expected to be the first offshore wind farm in the United States. The project will be located three miles southeast of Block Island, Rhode Island.[read more]

Dismal Economics and Increased CO2 of Montpelier District Heating Plant

May 11, 2015 by Willem Post
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The renovated City of Montpelier, Vermont district heating plant is a wood chip-fired plant that also has a capacity of 40 million Btu's per hour. The plant heats a total area of 411,000 square feet through the use of a steam loop and a hot water loop.[read more]

Energy Efficiency Progress: A Tale of Two Regions

April 24, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

New England and the Pacific Northwest have a shared history of energy efficiency leadership that stretches back three decades, and two recent independent assessments show that their efforts to help customers find smarter ways to use electricity are now saving billions of dollars every year on utility bills.[read more]

Increased Wind Energy Versus Increased Canadian Hydro Energy in New England

April 22, 2015 by Willem Post
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This article is to show a large quantity of hydro energy can be obtained from Canada at much less cost to the New England economy than building out wind energy. I assumed 40% of ISO-NE energy from wind, either all on shore, or half offshore and half onshore.[read more]

New England Generation Fuel Mix Changes Likely as Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant Retires

February 6, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Vermont Yankee and Fuel Replacement

On December 29, 2014, Entergy shut down its Vermont Yankee nuclear facility after 42 years in service. Vermont Yankee had a capacity of 604 megawatts (MW), generating nearly five million megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity per year since 2010.[read more]

New England Natural Gas Market 'Not Taking Full Advantage of Available Infrastructure'

September 15, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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New England and the Natural Gas Market

When temperatures plummeted across the Northeast last winter, spot natural gas prices along the Eastern Seaboard spiked to eye-popping levels causing many to call for additional pipeline capacity. However, as is often the case with energy issues, the situation is more complex than it may first appear.[read more]

New England Relying More on Natural Gas Along with Hydroelectric Imports from Canada

August 31, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

New England Energy Resources

Electric operators in New England have been both generating more electricity from natural gas and importing more hydroelectric generation from Quebec over the past decade. These two sources of electricity are displacing the use of coal and oil as generation fuels in New England.[read more]

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Keeping New England Electricity Markets Robust

August 13, 2014 by Nate Gilbraith

New England Electricity

The New England States Committee on Electricity is proposing to burden New England electricity consumers with several billion dollars worth of subsidies to natural gas generators and further undermine the nature of the competitive electricity market.[read more]

Utilities start massive upgrade of New England grid

April 26, 2010 by Big Gav

The Boston Globe has an article on smart grid initiatives in the north east of the US - Utilities start massive upgrade of region’s grid. Power companies in New England are beginning work on a nearly half-billion-dollar plan to upgrade the region’s electric grid to make way for appliances that can shut down to reduce electric bills,...[read more]

Cape Wind Sorely Missed as New England Hits Peak Summer Demand

August 23, 2009 by Tim Hurst
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As the temperature in Boston soared to 95 degrees on Tuesday afternoon and New England reached its peak electricity demand so far this year, the sea breeze on Nantucket Sound would have allowed the proposed offshore wind farm, Cape Wind, to supply 300 megawatts of electricity during that crucial hour, according to data collected at Cape...[read more]