Environment

Renewables not cheap

Renewables not cheap

Wind, solar far higher cost than ‘polluting energy’ sources

IN DECEMBER, A company called CleanChoice Energy mailed out a sales pitch to electricity customers in eastern Massachusetts. The letter acknowledged that 100 percent renewable energy from solar and wind would cost “a little more” than “polluting energy,” but said the added expense was worth it. “That’s because the energy you are choosing is better(...)

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Why trash talk amounted to nothing

Why trash talk amounted to nothing

Lawmakers refuse to budge, place blame on Baker

EVEN FOR BEACON HILL, the wrangling over recycling legislation late Tuesday night was one of those can-you-believe-it moments. It was the last night of the 2015-2016 legislative session, and the House and Senate were struggling to reach consensus on the best way to boost municipal recycling and reduce trash disposal to no more than 450(...)

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Trash commission stalls over  reporting date

Trash commission stalls over reporting date

Late-night standoff on goal of 450 pounds of trash per person

WITH TIME RUNNING OUT in the 2015-2016 session on Tuesday night, the Legislature failed to reach agreement on legislation to boost municipal recycling and reduce trash disposal to no more than 450 pounds per person per year. The Senate at the end of June approved a sweeping measure mandating a steady reduction in municipal solid(...)

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Trash debate coming to head on Beacon Hill

Trash debate coming to head on Beacon Hill

With time running out, House pitches waste commission

WITH MASSACHUSETTS RUNNING OUT OF OPTIONS to bury and burn its trash, the long-neglected issue of recycling is getting some attention in the final days of the 2015-2016 legislative session. The Senate approved a sweeping measure at the end of June requiring cities and towns to reduce the amount of solid waste they dispose of(...)

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Boost the Renewable Portfolio Standard

Boost the Renewable Portfolio Standard

A doubling of the yearly increase is needed

AT THE SAME TIME president-elect Donald Trump has loudly promised job creation measures, he has also vowed to invest in fossil fuel expansion, including the coal industry. These two promises are incompatible in the long term. With renewables poised to take the place of a dying coal industry, promoting development of the renewable energy sector(...)

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Baker sets emission reduction targets

Baker sets emission reduction targets

Targets power plants, goes easy on transportation

THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION is taking aim at power plants and using a lighter touch with private vehicles as it seeks to comply with a court order requiring the state to set greenhouse gas emission targets by economic sector. The draft regulations issued on Friday call for greenhouse gas emissions to fall another 7.2 percent from(...)

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Eversource finds a loophole

Eversource finds a loophole

Offshore wind venture raises ‘clear conflict’

THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF AN EVERSOURCE/DONG Energy joint venture for offshore wind development should send shivers up the spine of anyone who recalls the strategy behind restructuring the Massachusetts electric industry almost 20 years ago. This massive effort with deep impacts on the marketplace is exactly the kind of transaction the law was designed to prevent.(...)

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Winter reliability efforts go only so far

Winter reliability efforts go only so far

Fuel delivery constraints threaten the power grid

ISO NEW ENGLAND, the operator of the region’s power system, recently announced that electricity supplies should be sufficient to meet the region’s demand for electricity this winter barring “unexpected resource outages or fuel delivery constraints.”  For those who expect affordable, reliable electricity 24/7, this should be a cause for concern. Natural gas generates about half(...)

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DONG, Eversource form Bay State Wind

DONG, Eversource form Bay State Wind

50-50 partnership will bid on offshore power contracts

DONG ENERGY, one of three companies vying for offshore wind contracts from Massachusetts, on Tuesday announced a 50-50 partnership with Eversource Energy, a well-connected regional utility that has crafted similar arrangements with hydroelectric and natural gas pipeline companies. The offshore wind partnership is calling itself Bay State Wind. DONG, a Danish company, has a federal(...)

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Connecting climate change dots

Let’s connect a few dots on climate change from the day’s news. Attorney General Maura Healey is locked in a fierce legal battle with ExxonMobil over her request for decades of documents that might suggest the energy giant has misled the public about the impact of climate change. Meanwhile, President-elect Donald Trump said on Sunday(...)

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