Ann Berwick

Former chairman, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities

Stories by Ann Berwick

Natural gas is not a clean fuel

Natural gas is not a clean fuel

Globe editorial amplified drumbeat of fossil fuel industry

In a CommonWealth op-ed, Craig Altemose of 350 Massachusetts for a Better Future criticized the Boston Globe editorial board’s advocacy for new natural gas pipelines, for reasons with which I largely agree. Altemose is correct that the Globe overstates the environmental impact of this winter’s reliance on old coal- and oil-fired generating plants.  A May(...)

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Energy bill a solid step forward

Energy bill a solid step forward

Still, it could have been better

IF YOU’RE DISGUSTED BY POLITICS in this country, take heart.  This is Massachusetts.  The state’s clean energy bill, passed in the wee hours of July 31, is an important step forward for the Commonwealth. The bill requires the state’s utilities to enter into long-term contracts for the purchase of 1,200 megawatts of primarily hydroelectricity and(...)

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Heating oil vs. natural gas: Round 2

Heating oil vs. natural gas: Round 2

Why the we-need-more-gas pitch is wrong

ANTHONY BUXTON AND BENJAMIN BOROWSKI’S opinion piece in Commonwealth argues that the region needs more natural gas pipelines because so many residential heating customers in New England use oil for heat, which is much more expensive than natural gas. They contend that customers could save huge amounts of money if only the region had more(...)

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