Environment

Eversource solar hikes unwarranted

Eversource solar hikes unwarranted

Benefits of photovoltaics exceed cost to utilities

I READ WITH INTEREST the story entitled “Eversource seeks higher fees on customers with solar.” In several instances, the utility’s stated reasons for its proposed fee hikes for customers with rooftop solar installations appear to me to be contrary to the facts. While Eversource argues that solar homes use the power grid just like any(...)

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New solar plan cuts subsidies in half

New solar plan cuts subsidies in half

Tradeoff for developers is more certainty on revenues

THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION UNVEILED a next-generation solar incentive plan on Tuesday that is expected to cut in half the subsidies paid by the state’s electric ratepayers while giving developers more certainty about how much money they will receive under the program. The state’s previous solar incentive programs, developed during the administration of former governor Deval(...)

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Governors can wield influence over pipelines

Governors can wield influence over pipelines

Natural gas infrastructure is not just federal issue

WITH NEW FEDERAL ENERGY POLICIES evolving to be starkly at odds with our priorities in Massachusetts, it is vital that we understand what authority our state has to influence controversial new natural gas infrastructure projects. Complicating matters, the Baker administration continues to promote an abstract vision of expanded interstate natural gas pipeline capacity in our(...)

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Eversource seeks big distribution rate hike

Eversource seeks big distribution rate hike

Typical monthly bill would rise $8.45 in eastern MA

EVERSOURCE ON TUESDAY SOUGHT regulatory approval for a hefty increase in its distribution rates, a move that has the potential to sharply increase monthly utility bills in its service areas in eastern and western Massachusetts. Utility bills have four major components: customer service, distribution, transmission, and power supply charges. This rate filing only applies to(...)

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Three cheers for natural gas

Three cheers for natural gas

It’s the fuel of past, present, and future

NATURAL GAS HAS BEEN a resounding environmental success story for Massachusetts that has delivered every benefit environmentalists predicted it would back in the 1990s. Continued access to reliable supplies of natural gas will be critical to fulfilling Massachusetts’ renewable energy revolution in the 2020s and well beyond. Those are two realities we believe far too(...)

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Renewables not cheap

Renewables not cheap

Wind, solar far higher cost than ‘polluting energy’ sources

IN DECEMBER, A company called CleanChoice Energy mailed out a sales pitch to electricity customers in eastern Massachusetts. The letter acknowledged that 100 percent renewable energy from solar and wind would cost “a little more” than “polluting energy,” but said the added expense was worth it. “That’s because the energy you are choosing is better(...)

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Why trash talk amounted to nothing

Why trash talk amounted to nothing

Lawmakers refuse to budge, place blame on Baker

EVEN FOR BEACON HILL, the wrangling over recycling legislation late Tuesday night was one of those can-you-believe-it moments. It was the last night of the 2015-2016 legislative session, and the House and Senate were struggling to reach consensus on the best way to boost municipal recycling and reduce trash disposal to no more than 450(...)

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Trash commission stalls over  reporting date

Trash commission stalls over reporting date

Late-night standoff on goal of 450 pounds of trash per person

WITH TIME RUNNING OUT in the 2015-2016 session on Tuesday night, the Legislature failed to reach agreement on legislation to boost municipal recycling and reduce trash disposal to no more than 450 pounds per person per year. The Senate at the end of June approved a sweeping measure mandating a steady reduction in municipal solid(...)

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Trash debate coming to head on Beacon Hill

Trash debate coming to head on Beacon Hill

With time running out, House pitches waste commission

WITH MASSACHUSETTS RUNNING OUT OF OPTIONS to bury and burn its trash, the long-neglected issue of recycling is getting some attention in the final days of the 2015-2016 legislative session. The Senate approved a sweeping measure at the end of June requiring cities and towns to reduce the amount of solid waste they dispose of(...)

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