Peter Rothstein

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The upside of renewables

The upside of renewables

Clean energy advocates dispute any downside

A Commonwealth opinion piece (“The downside of renewables”) published on May 11 provided a flawed argument against renewable energy and its implications for the New England electricity grid by picking and choosing facts from European countries that are decades ahead of the US in the clean energy transition. We should learn from the successes and(...)

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House energy bill must be scaled up

House energy bill must be scaled up

Wind and hydro proposals too small, narrow

IN THE NEXT TWO MONTHS, Massachusetts has the opportunity to reorient the energy system away from risky over-reliance on fossil fuels and toward a stable clean energy future.  The opportunity is created by two trends upending the electric power sector.  First, aging power plants have become increasingly uneconomical, prompting a turnover of almost one-third of the region’s(...)

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New England governors should lead region to a sustainable energy future

New England governors should lead region to a sustainable energy future

Diversified sources, with clean energy in the mix, are key

THIS WEEK THE New England governors will meet in Connecticut to discuss potential solutions to one of our region’s most serious economic challenges: the high cost of electricity and energy. This is not a new threat as the region has always been at the end of the traditional energy pipeline, costing ratepayers top dollar for(...)

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Natural gas called bridge fuel for Ma.

Will address electricity price volatility

Last week’s news that natural gas supply constraints will cause massive increases in energy costs for Massachusetts’s consumers—both residential and commercial alike—is a serious problem that needs more discussion among the gubernatorial candidates with a dialogue around long-term, sustainable solutions. As reported in Bruce Mohl’s “Energy Prices to Soar” the state (and the region’s) overreliance(...)

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No help needed

No help needed

Hydro shouldn’t replace homegrown renewables

AS RESIDENTS OF THE COMMONWEALTH of Massachusetts, we live in a state where we spend more than over $22 billion a year on energy, about $18 billion of which we import from outside of our region.  These dollars go primarily for gas, oil, coal, and transportation fuels, sending our hard-earned money out of Massachusetts and(...)

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Green investments are a good idea

Green investments are a good idea

Clean Energy Council chief joins the discussion

We at the New England Clean Energy Council appreciate substantive debate on energy issues, and are glad to see energy at the forefront of conversation in CommonWealth. But readers of previous items posted here may come away with two false impressions:  that energy costs have gone up, and that investing in clean energy investments in(...)

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