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Who’s in charge of Mass. offshore wind procurements?

Who’s in charge of Mass. offshore wind procurements?

Recent decision shows utilities are calling the shots

THE MOST RECENT offshore wind procurement exposed a major flaw in the selection process, as the state’s three utilities – and not elected officials and their staffers – were charged with making policy decisions about the direction of the Massachusetts offshore wind industry. The procurement, the state’s second, attracted three bidders – Mayflower Wind, Vineyard(...)

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Zero energy buildings are not high cost

Zero energy buildings are not high cost

They make sense environmentally and economically

MORE THAN 70 MUNICIPAL LEADERS, architects, engineers, advocates, and residents gathered last year in a room at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston ready to talk green building and eager to take action. Representing over 20 different urban, suburban, and gateway municipalities, many attendees already had impressive goals, including a push for zero energy building(...)

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Mayflower's lowest-price offshore wind option selected

Mayflower’s lowest-price offshore wind option selected

Proposals offering more onshore investment rejected

MAYFLOWER WIND WAS SELECTED as the winner of the state’s second offshore wind farm procurement with a proposal that the company said offered the lowest price and the least onshore investment of its three major offerings. Few details about the price or the onshore investment were revealed, but Mayflower said in its original bid that(...)

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Colleges can lead on climate change

Colleges can lead on climate change

Good for students and good for the bottom line

AT THEIR BEST, American universities and colleges are problem-solving institutions whose work is rooted in a set of universal values. This is a unique position in our society, one that allows professors, students, and alumni to draw on diverse expertise and skills to address the world’s most pressing challenges. Few challenges are as daunting, complex,(...)

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Baker’s latest solar goal called too small

Baker’s latest solar goal called too small

Pacheco, advocates push administration to think bigger

THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION is calling for an 800 megawatt expansion of the state’s relatively new solar incentive program, but a state lawmaker and industry advocates say that amount is way too small. The so-called SMART program launched last November and demand for incentives quickly outpaced the supply. Nearly 15,000 applications for projects generating 1,100 megawatts(...)

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DPU approves National Grid rate hike

DPU approves National Grid rate hike

Rejects grant program for Gateway Cities

STATE REGULATORS on Tuesday approved raising National Grid’s monthly residential customer charge from $5.50 to $7 along with a yet-to-be-determined increase in the per-kilowatt distribution rate on residential customer bills. On a gross basis, the rate increase amounted to $90 million a year. The increase, the first since 2016, will take effect November 1. In(...)

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Trump aide offers no guidance on Vineyard Wind

Trump aide offers no guidance on Vineyard Wind

Refuses to say when review of project will be completed

A TRUMP ADMINISTRATION official attending a conference in Boston on Friday repeatedly refused to say when the agency’s review of the Vineyard Wind project would be completed. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management put the offshore wind farm on hold indefinitely in early August while it tries to gain a better understanding of the cumulative(...)

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Vineyard Wind limbo is chance for reset

Vineyard Wind limbo is chance for reset

Federal timeout on offshore wind could last a long time

THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT’S Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, or BOEM, the agency that issues permits for offshore wind projects in federal waters, has called a timeout on the rapidly expanding offshore wind industry in the US. The bureaucratic delay poses an unwelcome challenge for the Vineyard Wind project, the wider offshore wind industry, and states(...)

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