Environment

Exelon plays power politics

Exelon plays power politics

Threatens to shutter Mystic station unless payments increased

EXELON GENERATION is threatening to shut down its Mystic Generation Station in mid-2022 unless the operator of the regional power grid offers more money to units that generate electricity reliably and provide regional fuel security. The Everett-based Mystic station is one of the two largest electricity-generating facilities in New England. It is capable of generating(...)

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Do climate resiliency the right way

Do climate resiliency the right way

Extreme weather is a threat to overall economy

PROMOTING CLIMATE CHANGE resiliency is top of mind for Massachusetts residents and businesses. The 2018 nor’easters have placed considerable stress on our infrastructure and communities, as well as the public’s consciousness.  Sixty-five percent of voters now say that climate change is affecting storms, according to a recent WBUR poll, conducted by the MassINC Polling Group.(...)

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My recipe for embracing renewables

My recipe for embracing renewables

Keep the offshore grid independent of generators

WE’VE COME TO EXPECT the miracle of Moore’s Law from our computer technology – exponential progress in speed, power and efficiency, all while prices drop. Until recently, the world of electric power has been a laggard, but that’s quickly changing: At last, the relentless forces of innovation are now bearing down on electric power, with(...)

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Next up, Central Maine Power

Next up, Central Maine Power

Mass. drops N. Pass, opts instead for Maine transmission line

MASSACHUSETTS SHIFTED GEARS on its multi-billion-dollar clean energy procurement Wednesday, dropping Northern Pass because of the project’s failure to obtain one last, key permit from the state of New Hampshire and opting instead for a Maine utility that has yet to obtain any of its key permits. Officials offered few details of the decision-making process,(...)

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The Boston climate trial that might have been

The Boston climate trial that might have been

Climate activist Marla Marcum and others were poised to test a 'necessity defense'

“THE IDEA THAT natural gas combats climate change is a sleight of hand,” writes Bill McKibben in a recent essay that pulls no punches. “No one wants to hear this,” he observes, not Republicans or the oil and gas industry, not Democrats (especially the Obama alums now working in the industry)—and not journalists, who “don’t(...)

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No decision yet on clean energy procurement

No decision yet on clean energy procurement

Utilities issue no decision as of late Tuesday

THE STATE’S THREE UTILITIES apparently have decided that a Tuesday deadline means they have until midnight, so there was no word as of Tuesday evening on the winner of the state’s multi-billion-dollar clean energy procurement. The state had given the utilities until Tuesday to decide whether to stick with Northern Pass or shift gears and(...)

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New England’s largest battery

New England’s largest battery

Pumped-hydro facility plays key role for region

Editor’s note: An op-ed critical of Northfield written by Karl Meyer was published on March 17. AS THE LARGEST BATTERY in New England, FirstLight Power’s Northfield Mountain pumped-hydro storage facility currently plays an essential role in maintaining and restoring stable electric grid operations for New England due to the fast speed in which it can(...)

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Deepwater Wind commits to local foundation facility

Deepwater Wind commits to local foundation facility

Would employ 300 people in Massachusetts location

DEEPWATER WIND said on Tuesday that it would assemble its turbine foundations in Massachusetts if it is awarded a state-authorized contract to build a wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. The Rhode Island-based company said New Bedford, Fall River, and Somerset are possible locations for the facility, which would employ 300 people, a(...)

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State’s top executives push for more natural gas

State’s top executives push for more natural gas

MA Competitive Partnership appeals to Baker, DeLeo, Chandler

THE MASSACHUSETTS COMPETITIVE PARTNERSHIP, a group representing the top executives of the state’s largest employers, released a letter on Tuesday urging the state’s top three political leaders to push for an expansion of the region’s natural gas pipeline infrastructure. The letter was dated March 12, but not released publicly until Tuesday because officials with the(...)

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This energy storage is tough on Connecticut River

This energy storage is tough on Connecticut River

Northfield pumped storage system uses more energy than it produces

IN APRIL, MASSACHUSETTS will take a big step toward meeting its energy responsibilities in the era of climate change. A company will be selected for the first phase of long-term production and delivery of 1,600 megawatts of clean, renewable, wind power. The three bidders all tout environmental benefits from constructing an offshore wind farm and(...)

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