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Friday
Apr062012

Energy News Roundup: March 31-April 6

This week in regional energy news …

Friday
Mar302012

Energy News Roundup: March 24-March 30

This week in regional energy news …

Tuesday
Mar272012

Energy News Roundup: March 17-March 23

This week in regional energy news …

Thursday
Mar222012

ISO New England Forecasts Flat to Modest Growth in Energy Consumption Over Next Ten Years 

Preliminary projections by ISO New England load forecasters indicate flat to slight growth in energy consumption in New England for the ten-year period from 2012 to 2021. However, peak demand is expected to grow at a slightly faster pace over the same period.

Preliminary energy demand forecasts project a compound annual growth rate of 0.9% in energy consumption in New England over the next ten years, increasing from the anticipated 138,195 gigawatt-hours (GWh) in 2012 to about 150,375 GWh in 2021.  Further analysis that reflects the demand-reducing effects of passive demand resources participating in the Forward Capacity Market (FCM) and incorporates preliminary estimates of the long-term effects of state energy-efficiency programs indicates that New England energy consumption will remain essentially flat.  That analysis shows a slight decline from a projected 132,705 GWH in 2012 to approximately 132,440 GWh in 2021.

Preliminary peak demand forecasts project growth of approximately 1.5%, from a forecasted peak of approximately 27,440 megawatts in 2012 to approximately 31,255 megawatt-hours (MWh) in 2021. Further analysis that reflects the effect of passive demand resources participating in the FCM and incorporates preliminary estimates of the long-term effects of state energy-efficiency programs indicates that New England peak demand will grow by a compound annual growth rate of approximately 0.7%, increasing from approximately 26,480 MWh in 2012 to approximately 28,145 MWh in 2021.

ISO New England expects to finalize and present its 2012 long-term demand forecast to the Planning Advisory Committee later this spring.

Friday
Mar162012

Energy News Roundup: March 10-March 16

This week in regional energy news …

Friday
Mar092012

Energy News Roundup: March 3-March 9

This week in regional energy news …

Tuesday
Feb212012

Maine BEP Denies Appeal of Saddleback Ridge Wind Project

The Maine Board of Environmental Protection voted unanimously last week to to deny an appeal of a permit issued by the Maine DEP to Saddleback Ridge Wind to develop a 12-turbine, 33-megawatt wind power project located in and around Carthage, Maine.  The Saddleback project is one of several wind energy generating facilities under development by Massachusetts-based Patriot Renewables.  Opponents of the Saddleback project (several individuals and a group called Friends of Maine’s Mountains) tried to convince the Board that the Maine Department of Environmental Protection had made errors in its review of the project’s potential sound and visual impacts.  Opponents also claimed that the project’s proposed donation of $60K to the Maine Bureau of Public Lands to fund acquisition of conservation land (part of the project’s required demonstration of tangible benefits) was somehow improper.  In denying the appeal, the Board rejected those claims and affirmed the project’s permit, which had been issued after a ten-month review by the DEP.  The Board order denying the appeal is expected to be issued this week.  Opponents will have 30 days from the date they receive the Board’s order to appeal the decision to the Maine Supreme Court.  The Board’s vote on Thursday marked the fifth consecutive time that the Board has rejected an appeal of a DEP-issued wind power project permit.  The developer of the Saddleback project, as well as the developers of all the previous projects whose permits have been affirmed by the Board, was represented by Verrill Dana.