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Energy and the Environment

BU building big milestone in carbon neutrality

BU building big milestone in carbon neutrality

Computing center uses 100% renewable energy

THIS WEEK, we broke ground on the most energy efficient large building in Boston’s history. Boston University’s new Center for Computing and Data Sciences is a milestone achievement for green architecture, and it’s exactly the kind of project that will help us achieve our commitment to make our entire city carbon neutral by 2050. Boston(...)

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Democratize access to clean energy

Democratize access to clean energy

Solar benefits should be available in all communities

THIS FALL, millions of young people mobilized across the world to demand action on climate change. The international day of action, seen in Massachusetts outside city and town halls from Boston, to the Pioneer Valley to the South Coast, called for more than just global carbon reductions.    Here in the Bay State, marchers demanded action from(...)

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RI official applauds wind farm layout announcement

RI official applauds wind farm layout announcement

Says Vineyard Wind agreeing to plan it rejected nearly 2 years ago

THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council applauded Vineyard Wind and four other companies for agreeing to a common layout for their New England offshore wind farms, but he said the configuration the firms are proposing is exactly what his agency pressed Vineyard Wind to adopt nearly two years ago. Grover(...)

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5 offshore wind firms agree to standard configuration

5 offshore wind firms agree to standard configuration

Vineyard Wind suggests its earlier approach needs revision

IN A BID to get offshore wind development back on track, Vineyard Wind and the four other companies seeking to build wind farms off the coast of New England have agreed to a standard configuration for their projects. The agreement seeks to address what appeared to be one of the chief concerns of federal regulators,(...)

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Next steps on offshore wind

Next steps on offshore wind

Three priorities for expanding wind energy production

AFTER PICKING Mayflower Wind to develop 800 megawatts of offshore wind energy, Massachusetts reached the second major milestone of Section 83C, the pioneering provision in state’s offshore wind legislation in 2016. But our legislative efforts with offshore wind are just getting started. Two key trends help explain why. One is the rapidly declining price for(...)

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Weymouth gas project gets final state OK

Weymouth gas project gets final state OK

More legal challenges are planned against compressor station

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A CONTROVERSIAL NATURAL GAS PROJECT planned for a densely populated waterfront area cleared the final major permitting hurdle Tuesday, further riling opponents who had hoped state regulators would reverse course. After delaying its review process for more than two years, the Massachusetts Office of Coastal and Zone Management announced Tuesday that(...)

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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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