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Healey calls National Grid rate hike ‘devastating’

Healey calls National Grid rate hike ‘devastating’

Several options to ease spike are available to consumers

A correction has been added to this story. A SPOKESWOMAN for Attorney General Maura Healey, who represents ratepayers in proceedings before utility regulators, warned that National Grid’s electricity rate hike will be “devastating for hundreds of thousands of customers in Massachusetts who simply cannot afford it.” In a statement, Healey spokeswoman Chloe Gotsis urged the(...)

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National Grid says electricity prices to skyrocket

National Grid says electricity prices to skyrocket

On Nov. 1, basic service price will more than double

NATIONAL GRID said the price of electricity it supplies to customers in Massachusetts this winter is going to skyrocket to record levels because the cost of natural gas, the primary fuel used to generate power in New England, is soaring. The utility said on Wednesday that the cost of electricity provided under its basic service(...)

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Provincetown hooked up to large electricity battery

Provincetown hooked up to large electricity battery

Designed for reliability, project is one of largest in nation

ONE OF THE LARGEST electric batteries in the nation is starting to provide backup power for Provincetown and will soon do the same for Truro and part of Wellfleet. The $49 million battery, located on a few acres at the Provincetown transfer station, is designed to seamlessly integrate with the power grid in the area,(...)

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Federal funds, used wisely, can tackle climate change

Federal funds, used wisely, can tackle climate change

New law puts nation on road to a sustainable society

AMERICANS CAN FINALLY breathe clean air and a sigh of relief as we see the path ahead to our clean energy future. For decades, the prospects for a livable future looked dim as we fought an uphill battle to make sure the United States would fully embrace climate action and clean energy. Congress has been(...)

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5 New England states seek info on transmission issues

5 New England states seek info on transmission issues

Joint effort to address cost of interconnecting offshore wind farms

FIVE OF THE SIX New England states have launched an effort to better coordinate the process of bringing ashore electricity produced by offshore wind farms and feeding the power into the regional grid. Currently, states contract with offshore wind developers and the developers select where they want to bring their power ashore and are responsible(...)

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Maine court revives Mass.-financed hydroelectric power line

Maine court revives Mass.-financed hydroelectric power line

Overturns key sections of voter-approved law that usurped project’s ‘vested’ rights

THE MAINE SUPREME Judicial Court on Tuesday breathed new life into a Massachusetts-financed power line designed to carry hydroelectricity from Canada to Lewiston and from there into the New England power grid. Fifty-nine percent of Maine voters passed a law in November that retroactively blocked the transmission line from being built through the heavily wooded(...)

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Grid operator, utilities call for energy reserve

Grid operator, utilities call for energy reserve

Also say Everett LNG facility should remain open beyond June 2024

THE OPERATOR of the New England power grid and six of the region’s major utilities are calling on state and federal policymakers to develop an “energy reserve” that can be tapped when energy supply chains are disrupted. In a call to action memo in advance of a September 8 conference sponsored by the Federal Energy(...)

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Federal aid shows hydrogen is here to stay

Federal aid shows hydrogen is here to stay

Can reduce emissions without appliance switchovers

IN A RESIDENTIAL neighborhood on suburban Long Island, a clean energy technology that is both old and new could be the answer to eliminating carbon emissions from the entire economy across the country. In Hempstead, a project called HyGrid will blend green hydrogen with renewable natural gas to safely and reliably heat homes, while slashing(...)

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Mass. needs to be as bold on drought as it is on climate

Mass. needs to be as bold on drought as it is on climate

State must protect its most vital natural resource -- water

WE CAN’T have climate action without drought action. Massachusetts is appropriately regarded as a leader when it comes to climate change and environmental policy. Just this month the Legislature passed, and the governor signed, a historic bill that will keep the Commonwealth at the forefront of reducing carbon emissions, deploying renewable energy, and lowering our dependence(...)

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Schools are missing from the state's climate plan

Schools are missing from the state’s climate plan

Ed sector one of largest users of land, energy in Mass.

ON THURSDAY, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law a landmark climate bill which affirms, for the first time, that schools are part of the state’s leadership on climate. What’s missing is a plan that will turn that affirmation into action. The Green and Healthy Schools provision in the climate bill, originally filed by Sen.(...)

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