Environment

Time running short for N. Pass

Time running short for N. Pass

NH delays appeal ruling, puts Mass. in fish-or-cut-bait situation

NORTHERN PASS, the New Hampshire transmission line selected by Massachusetts as the winner of a clean energy procurement, is running out of time to win a key permit. The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee, which voted at the start of February to deny a permit vital to the project, voted 5-0 on Monday not to(...)

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Study gauges economic impact of offshore wind

Study gauges economic impact of offshore wind

Job, tax benefits for Mass. much greater than Canadian hydro imports

MASSACHUSETTS WON’T GAIN MUCH economically by importing hydro-electricity from Quebec into New England, but a new report indicates the Bay State’s upcoming procurement for offshore wind will have a positive impact. A study commissioned by Vineyard Wind, one of three bidders on the procurement, said an 800 megawatt offshore wind project would yield between 1,180(...)

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We’re not absolutists, we’re realists

We’re not absolutists, we’re realists

New gas pipelines won’t help us meet our 2050 climate goals

AS OUR STATE EXPERIENCED back-to-back 100-year floods, the Boston Globe’s editorial writers were busy this winter honing their case for expansion of natural gas pipeline capacity in New England that would make such flooding even more common. They’ve characterized opponents of new gas pipelines as being moralistic “purists” and “absolutists” who are willingly blind to(...)

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9% of region’s power bill incurred in one week

9% of region’s power bill incurred in one week

Overall, however, prices hit near-record lows in 2017

WHOLESALE ELECTRICITY PRICES in New England hit near-record lows in 2017, but they spiked dramatically during the last week in December when temperatures plunged. The operator of the regional power grid said on Tuesday that the total value of New England’s wholesale electric market in 2017 was $4.5 billion, the second-lowest amount in the last(...)

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The great pipeline debate

We heat our homes and light our cities using fuels that come primarily from outside New England, which is part of the reason our prices are among the highest in the country. But every now and then, like during the severe cold snap in late December and early January, things get really bad. The severe(...)

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We need to end energy inequality

We need to end energy inequality

Mass. policies create unequal access to solar

CLEAN ENERGY BELONGS to us all. We’re talking about the wind and the sun, sources of power that have graced us since the dawn of time. We’re talking about power that cleans our air, improves our health, builds our local economy, and makes our world safer. And let’s not forget that, in states like Massachusetts,(...)

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Severe storm effects are the new norm

Severe storm effects are the new norm

Rising sea levels and urban flooding will wreak havoc without immediate fixes

ONLY TWO MONTHS after surging tides and high winds flooded MBTA stations, knocked out power and sent three feet of water into the streets of Boston, it’s all happening again. The governor and the mayor call press conferences to lay out preparations, urge caution and call up the National Guard. Schools close. Businesses get out(...)

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Utility rate design needs reform

Utility rate design needs reform

Legislature should overrule DPU-approved measures

Final in a series. The first installment focused on grid modernization in Massachusetts and the second on DPU’s decision on revenue for Eversource. ON JANUARY 5, 2018, the Department of Public Utilities approved two significant changes to rate design proposed by Eversource: (1) a new set of complex and unmanageable rates for new solar customers(...)

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Is Mass. shortchanged on clean energy procurement?

Is Mass. shortchanged on clean energy procurement?

Bay State ratepayers foot the bill, but many of the benefits flow elsewhere

IT FELT LIKE CHRISTMAS on Wednesday in New Hampshire. The weather was delightful outside in Manchester, but inside the folks at Eversource Energy were acting like Santa Claus. They weren’t dressed in red or shouting ho ho ho, but they were handing out lots of goodies as they made the case for why their Northern(...)

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