Environment

Rick Perry links pipelines, natural security

Rick Perry links pipelines, natural security

Region's grid operator to release fuel security study next month

THERE WAS MORE NEWS out of Washington this week suggesting that the federal government could intervene to override local opposition to natural gas pipelines in order to protect national security. According to press reports, Energy Secretary Rick Perry singled out New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his political opposition to building new pipeline capacity in(...)

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Reliance on natural gas expected to grow

Reliance on natural gas expected to grow

Forecast comes as activists seek less use of fossil fuels

THE OPERATOR OF THE NEW ENGLAND power grid said on Thursday that demand for electricity will remain fairly flat over the next decade, but warned that the region will become more reliant on natural gas to meet its power needs. The grid operator, ISO-New England, said in its 2017 system plan that the region’s growing(...)

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Eversource’s solar proposal needs to go

Eversource’s solar proposal needs to go

Special charge violates principles of utility ratemaking

HEADS UP EVERSOURCE CUSTOMERS – a discriminatory charge could be coming your way. In its latest general rate case, Eversource announced that it would like to impose a “demand charge” on utility customers with home solar. To put it simply, homeowners with solar would be hit with an additional, unnecessary charge based on how much(...)

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New England’s power grid operator is biased

New England’s power grid operator is biased

Gordon van Welie is a cheerleader for natural gas pipelines

TWENTY YEARS AGO, as part of its effort to create competitive electricity markets, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authorized the Independent System Operator of New England (ISO New England) to oversee the region’s electric grid. Though it has never been a household name, ISO New England is the ultimate power behind the flipping of(...)

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Massport raised concerns about tower in Dec. 2016

Massport raised concerns about tower in Dec. 2016

Higher than 710 feet is a problem, letter says

The following is a December 22, 2016, letter from Stewart Dalzell, Massport’s deputy director of environmental planning and permitting, to Matthew Beaton, the state secretary of energy and environmental affairs, regarding the proposed tower from Millennium Partners at 115 Winthrop Square. Dear Secretary Beaton: On behalf of the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), thank you for(...)

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Monument tradeoffs are necessary

Monument tradeoffs are necessary

Preserving the ecosystem, biodiversity is crucial

CAN ANYONE REALLY SAY why there is such an outcry about the establishment of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument? It is doubtful that a majority of those speaking out against it could accurately locate the area on a chart. Let’s face it: there are a lot of politics involved in what should(...)

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Reducing power plant emissions is not enough

Reducing power plant emissions is not enough

We need carbon pricing to reach state’s environmental goals

AS A SHELLSHOCKED NATION assesses the damage of Hurricane Harvey, scientists are pointing to warming oceans and rising sea levels as key culprits behind one of the most expensive natural disasters in history. To most, Harvey represents a wakeup call around the urgent need to name and address climate change. Yet our nation’s leaders are(...)

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Northern Pass dealt a regulatory blow

Northern Pass dealt a regulatory blow

NH committee postpones decision on transmission project

A NEW HAMPSHIRE REGULATORY AGENCY said on Thursday it won’t be able to meet its Sept. 30 deadline for making a go-no go decision on Eversource’s Northern Pass transmission project. The agency is now promising an oral decision by the end of February and a written decision a month later. Eversource, which is vying for(...)

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National Grid, Hydro-Quebec snipe over hydro power

National Grid, Hydro-Quebec snipe over hydro power

Companies jockey for position in competition for clean energy contract

NATIONAL GRID AND HYDRO-QUEBEC, two companies competing for Massachusetts clean energy contracts, are sniping at each other over the environmental benefits of hydroelectricity in dueling CommonWealth opinion pieces. The op-eds raise questions about the state’s priorities as it pursues clean energy and also illustrate the high stakes involved as a host of companies vie for(...)

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