Environment

Cold snap putting squeeze on oil-fired power plants

Cold snap putting squeeze on oil-fired power plants

Generators running short on fuel, facing environmental restrictions

NEW ENGLAND’S POWER GRID OPERATOR said on Tuesday that the system is “operating under normal conditions,” but warned that the prolonged cold snap is driving up wholesale electricity prices and putting a squeeze on power plants that run on oil. Marcia Blomberg, a spokeswoman for ISO-New England, issued a statement saying high demand for natural(...)

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Businesses want stronger clean energy mandates

Businesses want stronger clean energy mandates

Corporations call on state to raise the renewable portfolio standard

FOR CENTURIES, MASSACHUSETTS has been a national hub for innovation. With cutting edge academic institutions, a superb health care sector, and a thriving real estate market, the commonwealth is an excellent place to do business. Massachusetts is also home to a rapidly growing clean energy sector, which has allowed commercial real estate service providers like(...)

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The terrible price of inaction

The terrible price of inaction

Region’s refusal to add pipeline capacity is costing us a lot

THIS WEEK NEW ENGLAND reached the terrible distinction of having the most expensive natural gas in the world. You read that correctly: Not just the highest natural gas prices in the United States, or in North America, but on the entire planet. When the spot-market price for natural gas hit $35.35 Tuesday at the main(...)

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Frigid weather causing spike in natural gas prices

Frigid weather causing spike in natural gas prices

Power generators switch to oil as pipeline debate resumes

FRIGID LOW TEMPERATURES are pushing up energy demand across New England, sending the price of natural gas soaring and prompting many of the region’s power generators to switch from gas to oil. The conditions are somewhat reminiscent of the polar vortex that enveloped the region in the winter of 2014 and prompted the debate about(...)

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Offshore wind: Start big or small?

Offshore wind: Start big or small?

Three firms vying for contract offer different approaches

THE THREE COMPANIES VYING to build the first major offshore wind farm in the United States filed their proposals on Wednesday with Massachusetts officials. Each of the firms kept their pricing a secret, so they publicly tried to differentiate their projects based on size, transmission approaches, construction timetables, and partnerships. Size was the biggest difference.(...)

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Electric vehicle charging gets a jump

Electric vehicle charging gets a jump

Eversource’s $45m program will support rapid buildout

MASSACHUSETTS TOOK A MAJOR STEP toward its goal of 300,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2025 when the Department of Public Utilities last week approved the nation’s largest electric vehicle charging program outside of California. The landmark $45 million program developed by Eversource, one of the Commonwealth’s largest utilities, will support the buildout of(...)

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S. Coast lawmakers push offshore wind project

S. Coast lawmakers push offshore wind project

Lobby Baker administration on clean energy procurement

The following is a letter sent to Matthew Beaton, the secretary of energy and environmental affairs, on December 12 by Rep. Patricia Haddad of Somerset and cosigned by Sen. Michael Rodrigues of Westport. AS THE SECTION 83D Massachusetts Clean Energy RFP selection process is coming to a close, I wish to offer my observations and(...)

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Mass. should import wind power from Canada

Mass. should import wind power from Canada

By looking north, we can meet our emissions reduction goals

RIGHT NOW, New England’s energy future sits at a crossroads. The New England states have made some of the most ambitious clean energy and carbon emission reduction goals in the entire country. Despite these commitments, the truth is there is simply not enough clean energy generation capacity available right now – or in the near(...)

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Hydro-Quebec power is not what we want

Hydro-Quebec power is not what we want

Emission reductions, tribal claims, money outflow all concerns

OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, the Baker Administration will be making billion-dollar decisions about the kind of energy that will be powering our homes, businesses, and municipalities for decades to come. It is critical we get it right. Across the globe we are watching the devastating impacts of climate disruption. The specter of extreme storms,(...)

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Baker tries to kickstart energy storage business

Baker tries to kickstart energy storage business

$20m in grants awarded for 26 projects using mostly lithium ion batteries

THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION on Thursday handed out $20 million in energy storage grants, an attempt to kickstart an industry that holds promise in reducing peak electricity demand and increasing the reliability of intermittent forms of renewable energy such as wind and solar. Most of the projects revolve around storing electricity when it is cheap (off-peak)(...)

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