Environment

Belmont taking ‘baby step’ on trash

Belmont taking ‘baby step’ on trash

Like many communities, town wary of pay-as-you-throw

MASSACHUSETTS’S ONGOING TRASH DILEMMA – having too much of it, but nowhere to put it – is trickling down to the local level across the state. Belmont recently faced a decision many communities are struggling with – trying to decide how aggressive the town should be in reducing the amount of trash residents generate. Like(...)

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T taps low bidder for Green Line extension

T taps low bidder for Green Line extension

Price to restart project comes in $237 million below estimate

THE MBTA CHOSE a joint venture led by a Dallas-area contractor that said it would build the long-delayed seven-stop Green Line extension into Somerville and Medford for hundreds of millions less than officials estimated. The winning bid by GLX Constructors, a group of four construction and engineering firms led by Fluor of Irving, Texas, was(...)

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Massachusetts House should act on climate change

Massachusetts House should act on climate change

States must step up after US leaves Paris accord 

LESS THAN TWO DAYS after Syria signed the Paris Agreement, leaving the United States in the unenviable position of being the only country in the world to refuse the climate deal, the Massachusetts state Senate took a critical first step toward preparing the Commonwealth for the ravages of climate change. The Senate passed the Comprehensive(...)

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Mass. needs to put a price on carbon

Mass. needs to put a price on carbon

Actions must back words if we want to be a climate leader

SINCE THE TRUMP administration stands alone as the only national government in the world rejecting the Paris Climate Agreement, states across the U.S. are standing up, saying “We Are still in” when it comes to climate action. Massachusetts is among them, but we need to back words with action. Under the Global Warming Solutions Act,(...)

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Natl. Grid finds novel way to lobby clean energy procurement

Natl. Grid finds novel way to lobby clean energy procurement

Enlists help of New Hampshire lawmakers in letter to DeLeo

NATIONAL GRID, which has been raising concerns about the Massachusetts procurement process for clean energy, found a novel way to make its case: enlist the help of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Forty-four of the 400 members of the New Hampshire House recently sent a letter to House Speaker Robert DeLeo and other political(...)

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Baker refuses to disavow new pipeline capacity

Baker refuses to disavow new pipeline capacity

Says all options for meeting energy needs should remain on table

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE DEFENDING HIS ADMINISTRATION’S COMMITMENT to developing clean energy sources, Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday responded to activists who are aggressively pressing him to take steps to halt new fossil fuel infrastructure, saying all options should remain on the table and that he doesn’t “take a backseat to anybody” on renewable energy.(...)

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Eversource touts N. Pass ‘certainty’

Eversource touts N. Pass ‘certainty’

Despite many doubters, company exudes confidence on call

EVERSOURCE ENERGY on Thursday once again insisted its problem-plagued Northern Pass transmission project is on track and the best solution to Massachusetts’ clean energy needs. In a conference call with financial analysts, Eversource officials said Northern Pass, a $1.6 billion project that would deliver billions of dollars of hydroelectricity from Quebec over a transmission line(...)

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Paying environmental tribute to neighboring states

Paying environmental tribute to neighboring states

Mass. may fork over millions in ‘mitigation’ payments

THE BIDS ARE IN: Developers of transmission for hydroelectric energy from Canada, wind from Maine, and solar power from all over New England sharpened their pencils, negotiated with property owners, conducted environmental assessments, and lobbied political leaders for years in anticipation of Massachusetts’ biggest renewable energy RFP. When the cost of energy and the transmission(...)

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Eversource puts tab for memberships on ratepayers

Eversource puts tab for memberships on ratepayers

Utility seeks reimbursement for fees paid to business groups

EVERSOURCE ENERGY is pushing for state approval of a $284 million rate hike, and tucked inside all the documentation is paperwork seeking reimbursement for annual membership fees and dues the company pays to 74 business organizations and trade groups.  In the grand scheme of things, the $814,000 being sought by Eversource is not a lot of money. But the request by Eversource nevertheless rankles some consumer advocates,(...)

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DPU reviewing report’s pipeline claims

DPU reviewing report’s pipeline claims

Regulators seek information from gas distribution firms

THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES launched “a thorough review” of allegations in a recent report that Eversource Energy and Avangrid Inc. artificially constrained natural gas pipeline capacity in New England and drove up electricity prices by $3.6 billion over three years. Angela O’Connor, the chair of the Department of Public Utilities, issued a statement(...)

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