Environment

Obama saw a key role for natural gas

Obama saw a key role for natural gas

We should follow his lead in New England

MASSACHUSETTS HAS A LONG HISTORY of leading the nation through innovative programs and establishing tough standards that improve public health and environmental protection. From some of the nation’s earliest innovative hazardous waste cleanup programs to requiring innovative technologies to reduce emissions, protecting our air and natural resources has always been a source of pride in(...)

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Baker goes slow on smart meters

Baker goes slow on smart meters

DPU order authorizes $220m in grid upgrades

THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION authorized the state’s utilities to spend $220 million over the next three years upgrading the power grid to accommodate renewables, electricity storage, and more efficient ways of detecting outages. An order issued on Thursday by the Department of Public Utilities put off a decision on the purchase of smart meters, which allow(...)

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What’s up with the Globe and natural gas?

What’s up with the Globe and natural gas?

Paper has adopted panic policy of utilities, grid operator

GIVEN THE LONG HISTORY of the Boston Globe’s editorial board advocacy for consumers and the environment, including its current strong criticism of regulation rollbacks by the Trump administration, it is puzzling to see the paper crusading for new natural gas pipelines that rigorous studies say we do not need, are outrageously expensive, and harm the(...)

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Build offshore wind farms, transmission separately

Build offshore wind farms, transmission separately

That’s the way we’ve done it in Europe, and it’s worked well

LARGE QUANTITIES OF OFFSHORE WIND ENERGY are on the horizon in Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey, as state governments have recognized that offshore wind power is not only clean and renewable but an abundant and increasingly competitive energy source. While the Northeast US looks to generate about 7,500 megawatts of offshore wind power in(...)

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Governor, move more quickly on offshore wind

Governor, move more quickly on offshore wind

Select multiple winners, speed up future procurements

The following is a letter sent to Gov. Charlie Baker by the heads of 12 environmental groups. ON BEHALF OF THE UNDERSIGNED organizations and our hundreds of thousands of members across the Commonwealth, we applaud your work to advance offshore wind power. Such determined leadership made Massachusetts the first in the nation to invite bids(...)

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Fears about blackouts increasing

Fears about blackouts increasing

Region’s fuel insecurity is self-inflicted

THREE MONTHS AGO, the organization that runs our New England power grid sounded a shocking alarm: Our region faces a possibility of forced, rolling wintertime blackouts in coming years, largely because of unrelenting opposition to sensible, long-overdue expansion of our natural gas supply infrastructure. As we said then, forced blackouts are completely unacceptable, something you’d associate(...)

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We need a RGGI for transportation

We need a RGGI for transportation

Cap emissions, sell credits, and invest to reduce congestion

AS WE CELEBRATE EARTH DAY and the worldwide movement to protect our environment, it’s heartening that sustainability and an appreciation for clean air, water, and land have become mainstream values. We have come a long way from the first Earth Day in 1970, when, too often, environmental consequences were an afterthought. And while many hurdles(...)

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Mass. at climate, transportation crossroads

Mass. at climate, transportation crossroads

Massive long-term investments needed to meet challenges

THERE IS A DEEPENING LEVEL of discomfort permeating business and government leaders in Massachusetts today. The economy is strong; unemployment is low; cranes dot the skyline over greater Boston, with new luxury housing and office towers expanding this historic landscape. But we all know that something is missing from this picture. The “under toad” (See(...)

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Globe pushes for new natural gas pipelines

Globe pushes for new natural gas pipelines

Editorial calls Beacon Hill folly costly, damaging to environment

The BOSTON GLOBE editorial page is going all in for new natural gas pipelines. In an editorial entitled “Why you’ll pay for Beacon Hill’s pipeline folly,” the Globe said it was a big mistake when Beacon Hill lawmakers – “egged on by Attorney General Maura Healey” – blocked efforts to have electric ratepayers finance new natural(...)

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Getting to grid modernization

Getting to grid modernization

Delivering electricity in an era of fluctuating power sources

IN MASSACHUSETTS and across much of the country, the push is on for “grid modernization.” The “grid” is at a critical point of transformation, being driven by trends towards de-carbonization, technological innovation, and customers’ increasing expectation for a more reliable, efficient, sustainable, and interactive network. The journey required to get there will be mapped by(...)

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