Energy

Baker tries to kickstart energy storage business

Baker tries to kickstart energy storage business

$20m in grants awarded for 26 projects using mostly lithium ion batteries

THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION on Thursday handed out $20 million in energy storage grants, an attempt to kickstart an industry that holds promise in reducing peak electricity demand and increasing the reliability of intermittent forms of renewable energy such as wind and solar. Most of the projects revolve around storing electricity when it is cheap (off-peak)(...)

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Maine utility: Our hydro project has lowest cost

Maine utility: Our hydro project has lowest cost

Claim is latest in very public battle over MA clean energy procurement

IN THE PUBLIC JOCKEYING for a multibillion-dollar clean energy contract with Massachusetts, Central Maine Power on Wednesday said its project would deliver the largest amount of hydroelectricity from Quebec at the lowest cost. Sara Burns, president and CEO of Central Maine Power, said her company will deliver electricity from the Quebec border into the New(...)

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Who’s behind consumer energy group?

Who’s behind consumer energy group?

Consumers for Sensible Energy keeps donors secret

A GROUP CALLED Consumers for Sensible Energy is refusing to say who is bankrolling the operation amid reports that the Newton-based organization is linked to a similar-type outfit in New Hampshire and possibly others around the country. Consumers for Sensible Energy opposes the construction of new pipelines to bring more natural gas into the region.(...)

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Cape Wind calls it quits

Cape Wind calls it quits

Gordon says he is surrendering offshore wind lease

THE DEVELOPER BEHIND CAPE WIND, who sought to pioneer offshore wind power in the United States but never managed to shake legal challenges from locals led by billionaire William Koch, has thrown in the towel and decided to move on. Jim Gordon, the president of Cape Wind Associates, notified the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management(...)

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DPU cuts Eversource rate hike by 60%

DPU cuts Eversource rate hike by 60%

Approves $45 million investment to expand electric vehicle charging

THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES on Thursday cut Eversource Energy’s overall rate hike request by 60 percent, turning aside the company’s bid for $90.8 million and allowing an increase of $36.4  million. The new rates are spread across the company’s operations in eastern and western Massachusetts, with the impact falling harder on residents in(...)

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It’s time for outrage in business community

It’s time for outrage in business community

DPU ignores concerns of commercial, industrial firms

  OVER THE YEARS, the four major groups representing commercial and industrial (C&I)customers in proceedings berfore the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities — Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Energy Consortium, the Western Massachusetts Industrial Group, and PowerOptions — have actively participated in numerous dockets, presenting a unique C&I customer-oriented perspective, only to have their positions(...)

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Mass. needs to put a price on carbon

Mass. needs to put a price on carbon

Actions must back words if we want to be a climate leader

SINCE THE TRUMP administration stands alone as the only national government in the world rejecting the Paris Climate Agreement, states across the U.S. are standing up, saying “We Are still in” when it comes to climate action. Massachusetts is among them, but we need to back words with action. Under the Global Warming Solutions Act,(...)

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Natl. Grid finds novel way to lobby clean energy procurement

Natl. Grid finds novel way to lobby clean energy procurement

Enlists help of New Hampshire lawmakers in letter to DeLeo

NATIONAL GRID, which has been raising concerns about the Massachusetts procurement process for clean energy, found a novel way to make its case: enlist the help of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Forty-four of the 400 members of the New Hampshire House recently sent a letter to House Speaker Robert DeLeo and other political(...)

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Report raises doubts about gas ‘crisis’

Report raises doubts about gas ‘crisis’

Did utilities create shortage with unused capacity requests?

EVERSOURCE AND OTHER REGIONAL UTILITIES have long claimed that New England desperately needs new natural gas pipelines to meet electricity demand, with the “polar vortex” of 2013-14 as a prime example. Electricity prices rose sharply throughout New England at that time because of pipeline constraints, according to the utilities and regional grid operator ISO New(...)

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Baker refuses to disavow new pipeline capacity

Baker refuses to disavow new pipeline capacity

Says all options for meeting energy needs should remain on table

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE DEFENDING HIS ADMINISTRATION’S COMMITMENT to developing clean energy sources, Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday responded to activists who are aggressively pressing him to take steps to halt new fossil fuel infrastructure, saying all options should remain on the table and that he doesn’t “take a backseat to anybody” on renewable energy.(...)

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