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Eversource to seek Northern Pass reconsideration

Eversource to seek Northern Pass reconsideration

NH business group calls on regulators to reverse course on permit denial

EVERSOURCE ENERGY, which is facing a March 27 deadline to get its Northern Pass project back on track, is planning to ask a New Hampshire regulatory board to reconsider its unanimous decision to deny the transmission line a key permit. “We feel we have a strong legal argument to make and we will make our(...)

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The Codcast: Outsourcing works at other transit agencies

This week’s Codcast suggests Massachusetts has a lot of work to do when it comes to farming out government work to private contractors. The Legislature granted the MBTA a three-year exemption from the so-called Pacheco Law, which governs how public agencies can contract out work to private companies. But every time the T has tried(...)

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With more control, communities choose clean energy

With more control, communities choose clean energy

Aggregation saves money while meeting climate goals

ACROSS MASSACHUSETTS, COMMUNITIES are taking control over where their energy comes from. By leveraging local bulk purchasing power, more than 100 towns and cities in the Bay State have increased the amount of renewable energy they buy each year, while at the same time producing savings for consumers. Community Choice Energy (CCE, also known as(...)

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A campaign that may be all about nuance

A campaign that may be all about nuance

The Wynn controversy highlights differences between Capuano and Pressley

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ON THE  BANKS of the Mystic River, workers have been building a structure envisioned by Steve Wynn, the casino magnate who recently relinquished control of his global resort empire after the Wall Street Journal reported he pressured employees into sex. The jobs stemming from the site are the foremost concern for(...)

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He brought Boston back from the brink

He brought Boston back from the brink

And to think it might not have happened but for a needless insult

FOR THOSE WHO REMEMBER Boston television news in the pre-cable days, Jack Hynes was a powerful media presence for decades. He anchored the news with a gravitas that made you pay close attention. He also knew Greater Boston like the back of his hand, and brought a level of integrity to his work that was(...)

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Millionaire tax wrong way to play Robin Hood

Millionaire tax wrong way to play Robin Hood

Rigid constitutional amendment would hinder response to new federal tax law

THE MILLIONAIRE TAX is a brilliantly marketed bad idea. It’s hard not to find appeal in the concept of higher taxes on top earners when income disparity has grown dramatically in recent years. An additional boost to that feeling comes from the new federal tax bill calculated to benefit plutocrats and further aggravate disparity. Federal(...)

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Baker selects backup for Northern Pass

Baker selects backup for Northern Pass

Maine project, also with ties to Hydro-Quebec, gets the nod

THE MASSACHUSETTS CLEAN ENERGY PROCUREMENT took another odd turn on Friday as officials entered into contract negotiations with a second transmission company with ties to Hydro-Quebec while giving Northern Pass until March 27 to overturn a unanimous regulatory rejection in New Hampshire. Just before 5 p.m., Baker administration officials released an update on the procurement(...)

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Winter costs make region cold for business

Winter costs make region cold for business

New Englanders pay $1 billion more for energy than the rest of the country

TO SAY THAT this has been a tough winter is an understatement. Already, we’ve seen record cold snaps, soaring energy bills and story after story about how Massachusetts has burned 2 million barrels of oil to generate electricity because we didn’t have an adequate supply of energy. And it’s only February. Already, Massachusetts is one(...)

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Storage, not new pipelines, is the answer

Storage, not new pipelines, is the answer

It’s the equivalent of adding 2 lanes at rush hour

MASSACHUSETTS POLICYMAKERS face a serious choice in 2018: do they meet impending reliability challenges with 20th Century technologies that require interminable and inevitable battles over infrastructure siting, or do they cement the Commonwealth’s role as an international leader and solve these challenges with price competitive advanced clean energy technologies? A January 18, 2018, fuel security(...)

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Death spiral in Worcester?

In Worcester, officials are worried that their transit agency may be in the midst of a death spiral. With state funding trending downward the last four years, the Worcester Regional Transit Authority has had to make some very tough choices. In fiscal 2017, the transit agency cut service and raised fares. This year, the agency(...)

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