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Study claims Eversource and Avangrid manipulated natural gas pipeline capacity, costing New England consumers $3.6 billion

"A new Environmental Defense Fund white paper accuses Avangrid and Eversource of artificially constraining natural gas pipeline capacity in New England, leading to inflated energy costs for consumers in Massachusetts and the six-state region."

"By reserving pipeline capacity, and then not using it the next day, energy companies pocketed an extra $3.6 billion between 2013 and 2016, according to the report, titled Vertical Market Power in Interconnected Natural Gas and Electricity Markets."

DOE limits NOPR to RTOs with capacity markets as FERC denies extension request

"DOE's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) has created some odd allies of convenience. Natural gas generators, renewable energy developers, electric cooperatives, munis and others joined together last week to ask FERC to extend its consideration timeframe for the controversial rule. They were joined later by industrial energy consumers and the National Association of Utility Regulatory Commissioners, the association for state utility regulators. The groups argued at least 90 days was necessary to evaluate the rule."

"The only entities to openly support FERC's proposed timeline were coal and nuclear generators, which would be the direct beneficiaries of the reforms. Even so, the commission dismissed the motions for extension in just 50 words."

"The DOE NOPR would provide cost recovery for merchant power plants in wholesale electricity markets that keep 90 days of fuel supplied onsite. But just which wholesale markets it would apply to became less clear in recent days. The version of the NOPR filed in the Federal Register on Oct. 10 states that cost recovery would apply to merchant plants in ISO and RTO jurisdictions with "energy and capacity markets." The original version of the NOPR, filed Sept. 29 at the FERC eLibrary, said nothing about a capacity market requirement. Of the six grid operators under FERC jurisdiction, three have capacity markets — ISO-New England, the New York ISO and the PJM Interconnection. The Southwest Power Pool and the California ISO do not have a capacity markets, and the Midcontinent ISO has a voluntary capacity market, making it unclear how the rule would be applied there. FERC does not comment on ongoing proceedings, but DOE spokesperson Shaylyn Hynes said her agency considers the later version filed in the Register to be the final proposal. "

Good morning! Happy Friday. Yeap, it’s the 13th, but that doesn’t make much of a difference to me. Mostly sunny and 53 degrees in Delmar, NY. Calm wind. Typical October morning with lots of sun. I am the only person on the bus heading downtown, as it seems like a lot of people took off this week. Next week I have off, so it’s hard to complain.

Today will be mostly sunny, with a high of 63 degrees at 3pm. Two degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 48 at 5pm. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the morning. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies. The high last year was 65 degrees. The record high of 81 was set in 1930. There was a dusting of snow in 1934.

The sun will set at 6:15 pm with dusk around 6:43 pm, which is one minute and 38 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for partly cloudy conditions and 61 degrees. The dew point will be 48 degrees. There will be a south breeze at 9 mph. Today will have 11 hours and 7 minutes of daytime, a decrease of 2 minutes and 48 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a slight chance of showers between 1am and 2am, then a slight chance of showers or drizzle after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 52 degrees at 5am. 12 degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 52 at 4am. South wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. In 2016, we had mostly clear skies. It got down to 34 degrees. The record low of 21 occurred back in 1958.

Map: New York State Manufacturing Employee Salary

Map: New York State Manufacturing Employee Salary

While manufacturing jobs generally pay better then the median income in most regions of state, some locations, especially those with high-tech manufacturing, have jobs that pay much better then other counties.

Data Source: NYS Department of Labor. Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages Annual Data: Beginning 2000. https://data.ny.gov/Economic-Development/Quarterly-Census-of-Employment-and-Wages-Annual-Da/shc7-xcbw

As we head into the nine o’clock hour the sun is peaking out a bit. Going to be a nice mid October day once the sun comes out a bit more with the mercury around 65 degrees later. Hard to complain once the sun comes out in force and dries up the rain. Not much rain is expected for a while except maybe a passing shower on Sunday.

The sun will set at 6:16 pm with dusk around 6:45 pm, which is one minute and 39 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for mostly clear conditions and 60 degrees. There will be a east breeze at 6 mph. Today will have 11 hours and 10 minutes of daytime, a decrease of 2 minutes and 49 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be clear, with a low of 40 degrees at 8pm. Typical for tonight. Southeast wind 3 to 6 mph. In 2016, we had mostly clear skies with more clouds in the early hours of the next day. It got down to 44 degrees. The record low of 24 occurred back in 1981.

Looking ahead, there are 6 weeks until Thanksgiving when the sun will be setting at 4:26 pm with dusk at 4:57 pm (Standard Time). On that day in 2016, we had mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 37 and 27 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 45 degrees. We hit a record high of 72 back in 1931. Back before my time but with the jet stream in the current position its possible that we could break that record. A few years ago we had a pretty warm Thanksgiving.

I’ve decided I’m going to try to get next week off from work. Then I will probably go down to West Virginia and Virginia. I want to see more of the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Parkway. I might also spend some time in Pennsylvania and maybe even Western New York. I don’t know. It all depends on the weather and what I feel like doing. I almost would rather spend more time at one location then packing up and traveling every day, especially with the nights as long as they are now.

In Major Shift, Boy Scouts Says It Will Begin Allowing Girls To Join

"In a move that shakes up more than a century of tradition, the Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday that starting next year, it will welcome girls into some Scouting programs.

"The BSA said in a statement on its site that girls can join its Cub Scouts program starting in 2018. It will be up to existing packs to decide whether they will remain all-boys, go co-ed or create all-girl divisions. Cub Scout dens, which are smaller units of six to eight kids within packs, will remain single-gender."

"As for older girls, the organization says it will announce a program next year that will enable them to earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. It hopes to have the program in place in 2019."