Energy

Let’s encourage offshore wind competition

Let’s encourage offshore wind competition

One way to do that is to separate transmission from generation

THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR’S Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced last month that it will auction three new wind energy lease areas off the Massachusetts coast, instead of the two that were initially forecast. The move provides a fresh gust of good news for the emerging wind industry in the United States. By mapping out(...)

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Cautionary offshore wind tale out of Va.

Massachusetts earned plaudits earlier this year for its handling of an offshore wind procurement, but not every state’s pursuit of renewable energy is getting rave reviews. Reports out of Virginia suggest the state may be getting hoodwinked by one of its leading utilities. The cautionary Virginia tale began innocently enough earlier this year. Angry about(...)

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Cautionary offshore wind tale out of Va.

Cautionary offshore wind tale out of Va.

State may be getting hoodwinked by Dominion Energy

MASSACHUSETTS EARNED PLAUDITS earlier this year for its handling of an offshore wind procurement, but not every state’s pursuit of renewable energy is getting rave reviews. Reports out of Virginia suggest the state may be getting hoodwinked by one of its leading utilities. The cautionary Virginia tale began innocently enough earlier this year. Angry about(...)

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For our environmental future, Gonzalez is clear choice

For our environmental future, Gonzalez is clear choice

Baker record: protecting the status quo and fossil fuel interests

WHAT WOULD IT take to really tackle climate change and move the Commonwealth to a clean energy future? What would real leadership look like? Leadership that recognizes the immense cost of delay and the enormous economic opportunities of breaking our fossil fuel addiction? We know we must act now. In the last two years, five(...)

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Nat’l Grid says lockout all about its customers

Nat’l Grid says lockout all about its customers

Cost of ‘old-fashioned’ benefit plans falls to ratepayers

The Massachusetts president of National Grid defends the nearly four-month lockout of 1,250 workers by saying the company is doing what it needs to do to bring its costs in line and protect customers from excessive charges. It’s an interesting line of reasoning at a time when union leaders and their supporters are saying the(...)

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Merrimack Valley tragedy offers climate change opportunity

Merrimack Valley tragedy offers climate change opportunity

Rebuild where necessary, but let’s go greener where possible

IN THE LAST TWO MONTHS, we have once again witnessed the human and financial impact of the world’s addiction to fossil fuels: forest fires in the Arctic; devastated communities and lives in the Carolinas and Florida; and, sadly, here at home, the loss of life and treasure from the explosions in Lawrence, Andover, and North(...)

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Lawmakers revive bill to pressure National Grid

Lawmakers revive bill to pressure National Grid

Measure would require utility to extend health benefits, deny rate increases during lockout

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE HOUSE APPEARS ready to begin ratcheting up the pressure on National Grid to end its lockout of more 1,250 union gas workers, reviving a three-month-old bill that would force the utility to extend health benefits to the locked out employees and deny the company any rate increases or public money(...)

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Regional grid operator too protective of industry

Regional grid operator too protective of industry

Policies are driving up electricity prices that consumers pay

THIS SUMMER, governors from five of the six New England states joined together to issue a statement acknowledging the challenges the region faces in maintaining reliable, affordable electricity.  The governors pledged to work within their jurisdictions to carry out policies that ensure both a robust and reliable system and keep prices as low as possible.(...)

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Grid, steelworkers busy away from negotiating table

Grid, steelworkers busy away from negotiating table

Grid defends its contract offer, unions pressure DPU

NATIONAL GRID and the 1,200 steelworkers the company has locked out of work battled each other outside the negotiating room on Wednesday, with the union pressing state regulators to crack down on the utility for doing shoddy repair work and the company running newspaper ads defending its contract offer. The company said in a full-page(...)

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