November Energy News

  1. Weymouth compressor station – Coastal Zone Management granted the one remaining state permit needed by Enbridge yesterday, Nov. 12, for the Weymouth compressor station project. FRRACS (Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station) will continue to fight the project, focusing on the site’s soil contamination. Eversource and National Grid have confirmed they do not need this natural gas/methane – it is headed for a Canadian port and overseas markets. FRRACS calls this a “stranded asset” – the pipeline and its infrastructure will have a life of 40+years, yet we in the United States do not need nor will use it. We will likely pay for construction costs in our rates, will suffer climate change consequences of putting more fossil fuel (methane) into our world but usage will be restricted to the overseas market.
  2. Geothermal microgrids – new concept, watch for more on this. The idea is to connect a series of neighborhood properties all using geothermal energy, thus making the project much more efficient and cost effective. An additional benefit is that, by this technology’s use of piping, it will offer employment to natural gas employees no longer needed as we transition away from natural gas to sustainable, non-fossil fuel energy sources.

3. Bans on natural gas for new construction – this idea is spreading rapidly in California. 13 CA towns and counties have implemented it, up to 50 are considering or have implemented it. Brookline is the first MA town to propose this – watch their Nov. 19 town meeting results. Other MA towns are looking into this.

4. A whole new way of energy thinking – Cape Cod bridges as an example. Click here for a WGBH segment on the bridges – maybe more cars is NOT the way to go. Did you think about this? I did not….clapped at the thought of better bridge traffic to the Cape till I realized there is no expanded public transit involved here. Is this really progress? Or a mistake?

5. Good for you, Governor Cuomo (NY)! Read the article in this link – he is challenging National Grid’s hostage taking techniques to force through pipeline infrastructure, and threatening their license.