Energy

Offshore wind rush is irresponsible

Offshore wind rush is irresponsible

Turbine farms threaten the future of fishing

In an April opinion piece, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wrote that “affordable, reliable, and abundant American energy drives domestic jobs and prosperity.” If by “drives domestic jobs and prosperity” Zinke meant “threatens the very existence of New England fishermen,” then the East Farm Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island (which represents Rhode Island commercial fishermen)(...)

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Eversource: Time to rein in competitive electricity suppliers

Eversource: Time to rein in competitive electricity suppliers

Exec stops short of endorsing Healey’s bid to eliminate the firms

AT EVERSOURCE, we’re always working to serve our customers better. Whether it be by continually improving service reliability, enhancing the communication channels available to our customers, or providing straightforward answers to the many questions that arise about our industry, we take our role as a trusted source of energy expertise very seriously. Though the topics(...)

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We need to put a price on carbon

We need to put a price on carbon

Pollution pricing will reduce emissions, boost economy

AS THE STORMS LAST FALL AND WINTER have shown, the impact of extreme weather events on our way of life in the Commonwealth is already painfully visible. Global warming is very likely to increase the frequency and severity of such extremes in the years ahead unless we act energetically to shift from fossil fuels to(...)

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Natural gas is not a clean fuel

Natural gas is not a clean fuel

Globe editorial amplified drumbeat of fossil fuel industry

In a CommonWealth op-ed, Craig Altemose of 350 Massachusetts for a Better Future criticized the Boston Globe editorial board’s advocacy for new natural gas pipelines, for reasons with which I largely agree. Altemose is correct that the Globe overstates the environmental impact of this winter’s reliance on old coal- and oil-fired generating plants.  A May(...)

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Gas pains

Gas pains

Surging gas prices give Mass even more reason to improve public transportation

After several years of relatively agreeable gas prices, the surge has begun again and where it stops, nobody knows. The cost of a gallon of gas nationally has risen to $2.90, according to AAA, with Massachusetts prices just a tick behind at $2.89. That’s an increase of 22.6 percent from a year ago and while it’s not(...)

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Exelon sets its price for keeping Everett plants open

Exelon sets its price for keeping Everett plants open

Region's grid operator warns of rolling blackouts without them

EXELON GENERATION told federal regulators on Wednesday that it is willing to keep operating two power plants and a liquefied natural gas facility in Everett from 2022 to 2024 if the company is allowed to collect less than $1 a month from all of the electricity customers in New England over the two-year period. Chicago-based(...)

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Kulik: Pipeline resistance strong in House

Kulik: Pipeline resistance strong in House

Business groups are leading push for more natural gas

THE LEADER OF THE ANTI-PIPELINE FORCES in the House said on Wednesday that the coalition remains strong and could probably defeat any legislative bid to have electric ratepayers finance a new natural gas pipeline. “There’s still a lot of resistance,” said Rep. Stephen Kulik of Worthington, the vice chair of the House Ways and Means(...)

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Another skirmish in the pipeline wars

Another skirmish in the pipeline wars

Dueling studies assess impact of cold snap in late December, early January

THE LATEST PIPELINE SKIRMISH centers around the two-week cold snap New England endured at the end of December and early January. Massachusetts businesses groups last week released a study that quantified the environmental impact of  the cold snap, which sent demand for natural gas soaring to levels that couldn’t be satisfied with existing pipeline capacity.(...)

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