Environment

3 Boston institutions finance NC solar farm

3 Boston institutions finance NC solar farm

MIT and BMC help finance 60 megawatt facility

THREE BOSTON-AREA INSTITUTIONS are financing the construction of one of the largest renewable energy projects in the United States, a 60-megawatt solar farm in North Carolina. MIT, Boston Medical Center, and the Post Office Square Redevelopment Corporation said on Wednesday they had signed a 25-year contract to purchase the power output from the project’s 255,000(...)

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Warren redistributes solar income

Warren redistributes solar income

Newton mayor steers city savings to low-income residents

NEWTON MAYOR SETTI WARREN announced a small solar project on Wednesday that will slightly trim the city’s electric bill and funnel the bulk of the savings to about 1,250 low-income residents of the community. The low-income residents will save about $40 to $50 a year, officials said. The project itself is no different from countless(...)

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Charting the path to zero carbon emissions

Charting the path to zero carbon emissions

Report shines spotlight on Pennsylvania

CLIMATE POLICY is in a holding pattern. The D.C. Circuit court is deliberating on the future of EPA’s “Clean Power Plan” regulation of carbon pollution from existing power plants. Stakeholders in the Northeast’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative are pondering emission cap targets for 2020 through 2030 that may do anything from hold steady at 2020(...)

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Dysfunctional DCR tries to be smarter landlord

Dysfunctional DCR tries to be smarter landlord

Underfunded, understaffed agency struggles to raise the rent

Photographs by Michael Manning THE HEAD OF THE CHARLES Regatta is a major draw for Massachusetts. Attracting more than 11,000 athletes and tens of thousands of spectators from all over the world, the October regatta is to rowing what the Boston Marathon is to long-distance running. For the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the state(...)

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MWRA: Old water tunnels in poor condition

MWRA: Old water tunnels in poor condition

Can't be repaired without shutting them down

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE CAST IRON AND STEEL PIPES and valves integral to the tunnel system that provides 60 percent of the water to eastern Massachusetts communities served by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority are in such poor condition that the system’s overseers have avoided engaging them due to fears of a catastrophic failure. Authority(...)

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Baker dumps more workers at DCR

Baker dumps more workers at DCR

Governor promises management changes at troubled agency

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AFTER A DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION official was fired and another resigned, management changes are in the pipeline at the agency whose personnel has recently been at the center of a string of scandals, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday. Baker’s office announced Wednesday that DCR personnel officer Jared Valanzola would(...)

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States are where clean energy action is

States are where clean energy action is

Texas is leading the way on wind, solar

ON THE ISSUE OF CLIMATE CHANGE and energy policy, the candidates for president couldn’t be farther apart, as evidenced by their brief exchange at last week’s first debate. For Hillary Clinton, decisive action is needed immediately to head off “the most catastrophic consequences” of global warming. Donald Trump has often used the word “hoax” to(...)

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Pilgrim is safe, shouldn’t close early

Pilgrim is safe, shouldn’t close early

Calls for shutdown before 2019 are irresponsible

DESPITE ASSERTIONS TO THE CONTRARY, the facts demonstrate that the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station has run very reliably in recent years. For calendar year 2014, our capacity factor was 97 percent — better than any other generator in New England. Even with a planned refueling outage in 2015, we were online 85 percent of the(...)

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Baker appalled by DCR official’s actions

Baker appalled by DCR official’s actions

Video showed aide using siren and lights to bypass traffic

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said Monday he was “appalled” by the actions of a former top state parks official, confirming that video showed him driving with lights and sirens on. Speaking to reporters outside an event at the Animal Rescue League of Boston, Baker said that Matt Sisk, the former deputy commissioner(...)

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The Codcast: Grading the Legislature

The Environmental League of Massachusetts put out its latest legislative scorecard this week, and the rankings provided a number of interesting insights about Beacon Hill. First, the Environmental League’s scorecard in its own way confirmed the House-Senate political divide raised initially by a scorecard put out by Associated Industries of Massachusetts. AIM generally gave higher(...)

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