Solar power

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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Solar cap clamor resurfacing already

Solar cap clamor resurfacing already

Grumbling begins a month after law’s passage

It’s starting again. A little over a month ago, Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law a bill that lifted the cap on solar net metering credits, making it possible for projects that had been stalled for close to a year to start moving forward. The bill-signing followed a long and bitter dispute between utilities and(...)

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Time running short on solar

With time starting to run short on Beacon Hill, solar power advocates are mounting an inside-outside campaign to convince a six-member legislative conference committee to lift the cap on net metering. Inside the State House, the advocates played a key, behind-the-scenes role in convincing 100 House members to walk away from a previous vote slashing(...)

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Inside the solar negotiations

Inside the solar negotiations

Size of net metering cap hike emerging as problem

A legislative conference committee trying to bridge a philosophical gap between the House and Senate on solar power is making progress, but some new stumbling blocks are emerging. Sources familiar with the discussions say the two sides are starting to bridge their differences over how much solar developers should be paid for the electricity they(...)

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Listen to what’s not said about solar

Listen to what’s not said about solar

Utilities and developer engage in disconnected debate

In the increasingly contentious debate over solar energy, listen to what’s not said as much as what is said. The state’s utilities and their business allies talk about the high cost of solar, but never mention its benefits. Solar developers and advocates talk about the benefits, but almost never talk about the cost. The result(...)

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Healey backs lifting cap on solar subsidy

Healey backs lifting cap on solar subsidy

AG takes different tack than Baker administration

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY said Monday she backs an immediate lifting of the cap on one type of solar production subsidies in Massachusetts. In written testimony to the chairmen of the Legislature’s energy committee ahead of a hearing slated for Tuesday, Healey said public and private net metering caps have been(...)

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