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New offshore wind bill drops electric bill charges

New offshore wind bill drops electric bill charges

Mariano says he wanted the focus to be on industry building

HOUSE LEADERS on Tuesday abandoned a proposal to hike electric ratepayer bills as they pulled together the votes needed to pass legislation offering significant financial incentives to the offshore wind industry to put down roots in Massachusetts. “There will be other opportunities to put more money in this. We want to keep the debate about(...)

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Why we're still using gas, oil to produce electricity

Why we’re still using gas, oil to produce electricity

New England grid relies on vulnerable energy supply

IN DECEMBER, ISO New England issued its annual winter outlook and warned of the precarious state the region’s power system would be in if a prolonged, severe cold snap developed and our energy supply chain was disrupted. New England has well-documented natural gas pipeline constraints, while transported fuels used by generators, such as liquefied natural(...)

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Jan 20, 2022

Healey again rejects Brookline anti-fossil fuel bylaws

Lauds town’s effort, but says its approach violates existing law

FOR THE SECOND TIME  in less than two years, Attorney General Maura Healey on Friday rejected bylaws approved by the town of Brookline placing restrictions or prohibitions on buildings incorporating fossil fuel infrastructure. As she did in 2020, Healey went out of her way to say she agreed with the intent of the proposed bylaws(...)

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A downpayment on Somerset’s offshore wind dream

A downpayment on Somerset’s offshore wind dream

Prysmian plans $300m cable facility at Brayton Point

THE DREAM of transforming Brayton Point in Somerset into a hub of the offshore wind industry took a major step forward on Thursday, as an Italian manufacturer of subsea cable laid out an ambitious plan to build a $300 million facility capable of servicing wind farms off the East Coast of the United States and(...)

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Brayton Point finally lands offshore wind supplier

Brayton Point finally lands offshore wind supplier

Subsea cable manufacturer unlikely to displace scrap metal operation

BRAYTON POINT in Somerset is finally getting a piece of the offshore wind industry it has been courting for years, but the industrial prize is apparently not big enough to displace the controversial scrap metal business that occupies a portion of the property and has alienated much of the town. An Italian company called Prysmian(...)

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Baker administration unveils building code slide deck

Baker administration unveils building code slide deck

Calls for updates of 2 existing codes and addition of a 3d

BAKER ADMINISTRATION officials unveiled a slide deck on Tuesday that outlines in broad strokes how they intend to use updates to two existing state building codes and the development of a third more restrictive code to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions coming from newly constructed commercial and residential buildings. The new building codes are scheduled(...)

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Salem, once dismissed, now getting top billing on offshore wind

Salem, once dismissed, now getting top billing on offshore wind

Speaker Mariano calls municipality ‘focal point’ of efforts

SALEM, ONCE CONSIDERED a port with little potential for offshore wind development, is suddenly being called the centerpiece of the state’s efforts to become the Saudi Arabia of wind. At a State House press conference on Monday, House Speaker Ron Mariano said he was still tinkering with legislation to promote offshore wind in Massachusetts and(...)

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Grid operator should stop crying wolf

Grid operator should stop crying wolf

It's time to step up on climate or get out of the way

NEW ENGLAND’S fossil fuel interests and electric grid operator are at it again. Every winter, they issue dire warnings that our region’s power grid won’t be able to handle the stress of another season of extreme weather. As this week’s CommonWealth story highlights, 2022 is no different. It’s time to call out ISO-New England (our(...)

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