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Healey to Baker: Don’t leave N. Pass decision to utilities

Healey to Baker: Don’t leave N. Pass decision to utilities

AG says DOER, independent evaluator need to be involved

ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY on Tuesday urged Baker administration officials to actively participate in deliberations over what to do about the stalled Northern Pass hydro-electricity project, and not leave the decision exclusively to the state’s utilities. Healey apparently decided to write to Judith Judson, commissioner of the Department of Energy Resource, because of confusing signals(...)

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State’s 3 utilities will decide fate of N. Pass

State’s 3 utilities will decide fate of N. Pass

Eversource will be sitting on both sides of the table

THE DECISION ON WHETHER Massachusetts should stay the course with Northern Pass or move on to another project will be made by the state’s three utilities, one of which is a partner in the Northern Pass project. The unusual situation came about when Northern Pass was selected as the winner of the state’s clean energy(...)

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NH regulators give thumbs down to Northern Pass

NH regulators give thumbs down to Northern Pass

Bay State clean energy procurement thrown into disarray

NORTHERN PASS, the $1.6 billion project selected by Massachusetts last week to bring a massive amount of hydro-electricity into New England from Quebec, failed to win a key permit from New Hampshire on Thursday. The seven members of the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee concluded that Northern Pass failed to meet one of the four(...)

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Lawmakers slam new solar charges

Lawmakers slam new solar charges

Rep. Golden: ‘You’re making this as confusing as possible’

HOUSE AND SENATE ENERGY LEADERS made clear on Tuesday that they aren’t happy with the way Eversource Energy and state regulators have implemented legislation requiring homeowners with solar installations on their property to be charged for their use of the power grid. The legislation, which was signed into law in 2016, amounted to recognition that(...)

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Baker goes with Eversource’s Northern Pass

Baker goes with Eversource’s Northern Pass

Decision stirs lots of grumbling from environmental groups

THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION moved forward with the largest clean energy procurement in the state’s history on Thursday by selecting the highly controversial Northern Pass project to deliver hydroelectricity from Quebec along a hotly contested transmission line through New Hampshire. Northern Pass, a partnership of Hydro-Quebec and Eversource Energy, will now move on to negotiate a(...)

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What’s happened to CLF?

What’s happened to CLF?

Comments about Northern Pass are out of line

CONSERVATION LAW FOUNDATION was once a respected organization that worked with utilities and government to help move the region away from oil and coal to cleaner natural gas and renewable energy and make Massachusetts the national leader in energy efficiency. But in a full-page ad in Sunday’s Boston Globe followed by comments in CommonWealth Tuesday(...)

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Van Welie takes energy analysis to Capitol Hill

Van Welie takes energy analysis to Capitol Hill

Says Russian connection for LNG didn’t make much sense

THE OPERATOR OF NEW ENGLAND’S power grid went to Washington on Tuesday to explain why the region is likely to face challenges at times over the next decade keeping the lights on. Gordon Van Welie, president and CEO of ISO New England, told the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources that the region will(...)

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CLF denies financial ties to TDI

CLF denies financial ties to TDI

Slams N. Pass backer for spreading 'misinformation'

BRIAN MURPHY’S January 22 column (“Money is clouding CLF’s judgment”) is an utter fabrication and represents yet another attempt by Northern Pass advocates to spread misinformation that they hope will advantage an unpopular project. The bottom line is this: CLF has never had any financial relationship with TDI – the developers of the New England Clean Power Link transmission project – and(...)

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Union: Money is clouding CLF’s judgment

Union: Money is clouding CLF’s judgment

Cites partnership with Northern Pass rival TDI

THE RECENT PAID ADVERTISING by the Conservation Law Foundation (Sunday Boston Globe, page A12) against the Northern Pass transmission project should not be a surprise to citizens of Massachusetts or those making decisions regarding Massachusetts Clean Energy Initiative.  As my uncle always said, the answer to the question is usually money. While CLF’s continued assault(...)

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Energy study draws divergent reactions

Energy study draws divergent reactions

Baker still backs ‘additional natural gas capacity’

THE TWO SIDES fighting over whether the region needs additional natural gas pipeline capacity both took comfort on Thursday from a fuel security study by the operator of the region’s power grid. The Baker administration, meanwhile, issued a statement that appeared to fall somewhere in the middle while supporting “additional natural gas capacity.” The study(...)

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