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Mass. needs to think bigger on offshore wind

Mass. needs to think bigger on offshore wind

Need bigger procurement to attract supply chain

MASSACHUSETTS HAS A ONCE-IN-A-GENERATION opportunity to build a world-class offshore wind industry. The Commonwealth has embarked on a series of procurements to develop at least 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind, enough to power 600,000 homes over the next 10 years, and will likely build much more than that. Millions of Bay State consumers will depend on(...)

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ISO study warns of precarious energy future

ISO study warns of precarious energy future

Most scenarios envision emergency actions, including rolling blackouts

A NEW STUDY by the operator of the region’s power grid warns that without additional natural gas pipeline capacity New England will face a precarious energy future, where emergency actions such as rolling blackouts are likely to become a reality on several days a year. The fuel security study by ISO-New England examined 23 different(...)

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3 finalists named for state education commissioner

3 finalists named for state education commissioner

Field narrowed to Lawrence schools receiver and state officials from New York and Texas

THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT announced three finalists in the search for a new commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education today, tapping a well-known Massachusetts educator and two out of state candidates. Jeff Riley, the state-appointed receiver for the Lawrence schools, Angelica Infante-Green, a deputy commissioner in the New York state education department, and Penny Schwinn,(...)

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Generators burned 2m barrels of oil over 15 days

Generators burned 2m barrels of oil over 15 days

Region’s power grid operator concerned about emissions limitations

FROM DECEMBER 25 UNTIL JANUARY 9, New England power generators burned close to 2 million barrels of oil, which is more than they burned during the rest of 2017 and all of 2016 combined. Oil is generally not a preferred fuel for producing electricity because it is relatively inefficient at generating power and it produces(...)

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Gomez leaves GOP, eyes independent bid against Warren 

Gomez leaves GOP, eyes independent bid against Warren 

Move keeps options open; more challengers would likely benefit incumbent 

GABRIEL GOMEZ, who ran unsuccessfully for the US Senate as a Republican in 2013, has switched his party affiliation to independent and is not ruling out a run against Sen. Elizabeth Warren this year, according to a source familiar with his thinking. Gomez said on WCVB’s On The Record this weekend that he had switched his voter registration(...)

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The Codcast: The Senate’s surprise (acting) president

Harriette Chandler never had designs on the Massachusetts Senate’s top post, and she readily admits to mixed feelings about landing there. Her unexpected ascension was the result of the scandal swirling around her close ally, Stan Rosenberg, who temporarily relinquished the Senate president’s job last month while an investigation is underway. Congratulated on her new(...)

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Silver Line is flawed – but fixable

Silver Line is flawed – but fixable

Improve existing system before adding shuttles, ferries, or gondolas

WITH THE 7.7 MILLION SQUARE FEET of development at Seaport Square approved by the Boston Planning and Development Agency, and a multitude of other development projects filling in further and further from the waterfront, it has become abundantly clear that the current state of Seaport District transit is inadequate to handle present, let alone future,(...)

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We need to build more housing

We need to build more housing

Proposed incentives and zoning changes are good first steps

REAL ESTATE AGENTS always say it’s a good time to buy. And with the improving economy and low mortgage rates, young couples seeking to buy their first home, growing families looking to trade up, and downsizing baby boomers wanting to stay near their children are entering the market. But these eager buyers are quickly confronting(...)

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14-mile dike could protect Greater Boston from sea level rise

14-mile dike could protect Greater Boston from sea level rise

Barrier would run from Cohasset to Swampscott

A RECENT story in the Boston Globe, with the headline “Floods seen as warning of Boston’s future,” described how sea level rise and storm surge effects predicted for later in the century made their appearance during last week’s bomb cyclone. The article also mentioned various studies on what to do about sea level rise planned or(...)

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