Environment

Pipelines are obsolete technology

Pipelines are obsolete technology

We need to move to post-fossil fuel age

I STRENUOUSLY DISAGREE with the recent opinion piece by Ian Bowles in which he argues that, “with rapid departure of all of the remaining coal and nuclear power plants in Massachusetts, we need to bring more natural gas to our state.” Isn’t that a multibillion-dollar investment in obsolete technology? Building new pipeline infrastructure only takes us(...)

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MA must continue to lead on energy

MA must continue to lead on energy

State must also push for new gas pipeline

A NEW PRESIDENT always means change in key public policy matters.  Before sharing my thoughts about what this transition means for our energy priorities in Massachusetts, I want to share observations from the front row seat I had for the last transition of Democratic president to Republican. Around Christmastime in 2000, while still adjusting to(...)

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Eversource winter price to drop 8%

Eversource winter price to drop 8%

Despite pipeline constraints, prices are falling

EVERSOURCE ENERGY said its customers will pay about 8 percent less this winter for electricity, suggesting that constraints on natural gas supplies coming into the region won’t have a major impact on rates this coming year. Eversource, in partnership with Spectra Energy of Houston and National Grid, wants to build the Access Northeast pipeline to(...)

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Baker confirms probe of environmental police

Baker confirms probe of environmental police

Investigation launched after TV report shows officers at home during work hours

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE of Energy and Environmental Affairs is investigating allegations of environmental police officers spending portions of the work day at home and receiving overtime for patrolling parks and pools, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday. A five-month undercover investigation by WCVB-TV (Channel 5) showed footage of environmental police with their(...)

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Robbing MIT to pay international reactor

Robbing MIT to pay international reactor

US commitment to ITER limits domestic fusion research funds

THE DECADES-LONG QUEST to produce inexpensive carbon-free energy from nuclear fusion is making tangible progress. There is much work ahead but recent research is bringing the elusive goal into clearer focus. Unfortunately, non-scientific barriers – political, funding, and management issues that won’t yield to the skills of the even the best physicists – have emerged(...)

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Eversource confident on gas pipeline project

Eversource confident on gas pipeline project

Predicts Access Northeast will begin construction in 2019

EVERSOURCE ENERGY officials confidently predicted this week they would begin construction of the $3 billion Access Northeast natural gas pipeline in 2019 and floated several possible ways to finance it. Eversource had pinned its hopes on having electric ratepayers in New England foot the bill for the natural gas pipeline, but that plan unraveled this(...)

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Self-taxation for conservation started on Common

Self-taxation for conservation started on Common

Tradition can continue in Boston with vote for CPA

THIS NOVEMBER, THE CITIZENS OF BOSTON will have the historic opportunity to enact the Community Preservation Act.  Already adopted by 161 cities and towns in the Commonwealth, and on the ballot in 15 other communities this fall, the CPA allows communities to apply a small surcharge on their annual property tax, which is matched in(...)

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Gas pipeline dealt possibly fatal blow

Gas pipeline dealt possibly fatal blow

CT calls off procurement after NH, MA rulings

THE PUSH FOR A NEW PIPELINE into New England may have been dealt a fatal blow when Connecticut officials called off a process to procure more natural gas largely because of decisions in Massachusetts and New Hampshire that eliminated a financing mechanism for the project. In announcing its decision on Tuesday, the Connecticut Department of(...)

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MA, CT, and RI to negotiate wind, solar deals

MA, CT, and RI to negotiate wind, solar deals

Unusual three-state bid process yields 7 projects

MASSACHUSETTS, CONNECTICUT, AND RHODE ISLAND announced on Tuesday that they intend to negotiate seven power purchase contracts with wind and solar developers selected through an unusual three-state bidding process. The so-called three-state RFP is an attempt by the three states to pool their buying power in the pursuit of clean energy needed to meet emission(...)

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Measuring the impact of offshore wind, hydro

Measuring the impact of offshore wind, hydro

Emissions cut 9% as electric bills rise $5.70 to $8.50 a month

PURCHASES OF LARGE-SCALE hydroelectric and offshore wind resources as required by the recently passed energy law would reduce the state’s overall greenhouse gas emissions by 9 percent at a cost of $5.70 to $8.50 a month for the typical electric ratepayer. Our analysis suggests the incremental cost of removing a metric ton of carbon dioxide(...)

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