Bruce Mohl

Editor, CommonWealth

About Bruce Mohl

Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

About Bruce Mohl

Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

Stories by Bruce Mohl

Senate’s ‘aggressive’ energy plan lets Cape Wind bid

Senate’s ‘aggressive’ energy plan lets Cape Wind bid

Bill ups offshore wind, hydro procurements; doubles renewable standard

THE SENATE UNVEILED an energy bill on Friday that is far more expansive than its House counterpart, increasing utility procurements for offshore wind and Canadian hydroelectricity, doubling the mandated growth rate for renewable energy, and allowing Cape Wind to compete for contracts. “We tried to be bold and aggressive,” said Sen. Karen Spilka, the chair(...)

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Clean power will cost more

Clean power will cost more

Report says state is in bind on emissions

The push to add clean power resources to the region’s energy mix is going to drive up electricity prices, at least in the short term. Clean energy advocates have hinted that the state could meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets and stabilize or even cut electricity costs, but a new study that synthesizes all the previous studies makes(...)

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T board approves ‘unique’ union contract

T board approves ‘unique’ union contract

Sources say agreement spawned internal fight

THE MBTA’S OVERSIGHT BOARD on Monday approved a new contract with its largest management union, bringing to an end what some sources have described as an internal fight over T labor policy. The contract with Local 453, which represents about 400 of the T’s 600 union managers, covers the three-year period beginning July 1, 2015,(...)

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Utilities seek cut of hydro, wind contracts

Utilities seek cut of hydro, wind contracts

Sweeteners for Eversource, Grid worth millions

Tucked inside the House energy bill is what industry folks call an adder, a special add-on fee paid by electric ratepayers to their utilities to compensate them for carrying out the Commonwealth’s energy policy. Eversource Energy and National Grid play key roles under the legislation.  The two utilities are assigned the task of negotiating long-term(...)

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Hydro-Quebec officials push Northern Pass

Hydro-Quebec officials push Northern Pass

Call project with Eversource ‘a complete solution’

TOP OFFICIALS AT HYDRO-QUEBEC said on Wednesday in Boston that the company’s Northern Pass project represents the best, most complete solution to New England’s need for clean energy. Eric Martel, CEO of Hydro-Quebec, confidently predicted that Northern Pass  will win needed permits in New Hampshire next year and be up and running by 2019. Steve(...)

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Problems with privatization at T parking lots

Problems with privatization at T parking lots

LAZ Parking could be on the way out

MBTA OFFICIALS made the case on Monday for privatizing the agency’s warehouse and parts operations even as they continued to investigate what appears to be a major loss of money at parking lots managed by a private vendor who may be on the way out. Brian Shortsleeve, the T’s chief administrator, said the agency is continuing(...)

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T warehouses called management failure

T warehouses called management failure

Oversight board confronts politics of privatization

MBTA OFFICIALS ON MONDAY described a massive management failure at the agency going back decades that has left the authority with a costly and inefficient warehouse system that often leaves mechanics waiting days for repair parts. T officials say they want to fix the warehouse system by outsourcing the operation to a private vendor, which(...)

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Carmen’s Union grieves T absenteeism policy

Carmen’s Union grieves T absenteeism policy

Top T official disappointed, says new approach making difference

A correction was added to this story regarding the language of the Family and Medical Leave Act. THE BOSTON CARMEN’S UNION has filed a grievance over the MBTA’s new absenteeism and overtime policies, alleging management implemented the changes unilaterally in violation of the union’s contract. The grievance prompted a strong response from the T’s chief(...)

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Wynn: Curtatone appeal not delaying casino

Wynn: Curtatone appeal not delaying casino

Says cost of entry in Mass. is sky-high

STEVE WYNN said Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone’s appeal of an environmental permit for his company’s proposed Everett casino is groundless, but he no longer is saying the legal challenge is delaying the project. “It actually didn’t interfere with our timeline,” he told reporters on Wednesday after a speech to the Boston College Chief Executives Club(...)

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Aiello: One of T’s biggest challenges is workforce

Aiello: One of T’s biggest challenges is workforce

‘There is a big human capital deficit for sure’

THE HEAD OF THE MBTA oversight board said on Tuesday that one of the authority’s biggest infrastructure challenges is its management workforce. Joseph Aiello, the chairman of the T’s Fiscal Management and Control Board, said the agency will eventually need additional state revenues to address the transit authority’s looming infrastructure issues. But he said right(...)

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