Environment

Boost the Renewable Portfolio Standard

Boost the Renewable Portfolio Standard

A doubling of the yearly increase is needed

AT THE SAME TIME president-elect Donald Trump has loudly promised job creation measures, he has also vowed to invest in fossil fuel expansion, including the coal industry. These two promises are incompatible in the long term. With renewables poised to take the place of a dying coal industry, promoting development of the renewable energy sector(...)

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Baker sets emission reduction targets

Baker sets emission reduction targets

Targets power plants, goes easy on transportation

THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION is taking aim at power plants and using a lighter touch with private vehicles as it seeks to comply with a court order requiring the state to set greenhouse gas emission targets by economic sector. The draft regulations issued on Friday call for greenhouse gas emissions to fall another 7.2 percent from(...)

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Eversource finds a loophole

Eversource finds a loophole

Offshore wind venture raises ‘clear conflict’

THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF AN EVERSOURCE/DONG Energy joint venture for offshore wind development should send shivers up the spine of anyone who recalls the strategy behind restructuring the Massachusetts electric industry almost 20 years ago. This massive effort with deep impacts on the marketplace is exactly the kind of transaction the law was designed to prevent.(...)

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Winter reliability efforts go only so far

Winter reliability efforts go only so far

Fuel delivery constraints threaten the power grid

ISO NEW ENGLAND, the operator of the region’s power system, recently announced that electricity supplies should be sufficient to meet the region’s demand for electricity this winter barring “unexpected resource outages or fuel delivery constraints.”  For those who expect affordable, reliable electricity 24/7, this should be a cause for concern. Natural gas generates about half(...)

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DONG, Eversource form Bay State Wind

DONG, Eversource form Bay State Wind

50-50 partnership will bid on offshore power contracts

DONG ENERGY, one of three companies vying for offshore wind contracts from Massachusetts, on Tuesday announced a 50-50 partnership with Eversource Energy, a well-connected regional utility that has crafted similar arrangements with hydroelectric and natural gas pipeline companies. The offshore wind partnership is calling itself Bay State Wind. DONG, a Danish company, has a federal(...)

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Connecting climate change dots

Let’s connect a few dots on climate change from the day’s news. Attorney General Maura Healey is locked in a fierce legal battle with ExxonMobil over her request for decades of documents that might suggest the energy giant has misled the public about the impact of climate change. Meanwhile, President-elect Donald Trump said on Sunday(...)

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The Trump threat on energy

The Trump threat on energy

Fears of shift toward fossil fuels are real

WHILE DONALD TRUMP’S VICTORY has sent many shock waves, perhaps there’s none more immediate than those now coursing through New England’s progressive energy policy. That policy has led the nation in energy efficiency, renewables, and innovation, all with the intent of lowering greenhouse gas emissions to stave off climate change. The broad threats of a(...)

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Power grid operator sounds alarms

Power grid operator sounds alarms

Gas pipeline concerns raised at conference

OFFICIALS CHARGED WITH KEEPING the lights on in New England raised alarm bells on Thursday about what might happen if the region’s natural gas pipeline infrastructure is not expanded. Gordon van Welie, the president and CEO of ISO-New England, which operates the regional power grid, has long been a proponent of bringing more natural gas(...)

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Eversource pushing big solar project

Eversource pushing big solar project

Utility says it won’t use net metering incentive

EVERSOURCE ENERGY, a fierce opponent of solar subsidies on Beacon Hill, is seeking state approval to build solar farms across Massachusetts. A spokesman for the utility said the net cost of its solar power will be 18 cents a kilowatt hour, which will be recovered through the company’s distribution rates along with a regulated rate(...)

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With renewables, intermittency is a problem

With renewables, intermittency is a problem

Combo wind-hydro approach makes sense

Progress continues in the New England clean energy revolution: Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island recently announced their intention to negotiate seven power contracts with wind and solar developers selected through an unusual three-state bidding process. The contracts will hold the potential for 452 megawatts of renewable energy, but because wind and solar projects can generate(...)

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