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Energy and the Environment

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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Now is the time to triple down on renewables

Now is the time to triple down on renewables

Increasing gas production is not the answer to runup in prices

RECENTLY, BOTH branches of the Massachusetts Legislature approved a new compromise climate bill. This legislation, which now sits on Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk for review, represents significant progress as the Commonwealth seeks to meet its goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Equally encouraging was the Biden administration’s announcement at the shuttered Brayton Point(...)

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Climate bill needed for environmental, equity reasons

Climate bill needed for environmental, equity reasons

The legislation would be game-changer for Black, Brown communities

THE CLEAN ENERGY legislation on Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk opens the door for marginalized communities across the Commonwealth to share in the many benefits of the fight against climate change. The governor should sign this bill, which builds on the foundation of environmental justice already underway in the Commonwealth, to further codify equity and inclusion in(...)

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Uncertain times for Daloisio, Clean Energy Center

Uncertain times for Daloisio, Clean Energy Center

Climate bill, change in administration could impact agency

JENNIFER DALOISIO and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center are both facing a bit of uncertainty. The agency, a key cog in the state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, is about to emerge from the bureaucratic shadows as the state prepares to dive into clean energy in a big way.  But how the agency will emerge(...)

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Pass ebike legislation, reward car-lite living

Pass ebike legislation, reward car-lite living

Once a person buys a vehicle, it's very hard to convince them to give it up

THE STATE Legislature and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation  need to keep their eye on the real transportation goal for the state – maintaining and increasing the number of people and households that are living car-independent lives – as we sort through the T’s long-predicted crisis, The state’s economy, the people’s daily welfare, and the(...)

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National Grid has a vision for fossil-free heat

National Grid has a vision for fossil-free heat

All-electric option in many cases is too expensive

FOR THOSE INCLINED to reference Greek mythology when discussing Massachusetts energy policy, the attributes of Greek architecture may provide a better blueprint. Striving towards precision and excellence, the architects of ancient Greece practiced a methodical, systematic style that appropriately balanced aspiration with sound architectural order for enduring results. At National Grid, we have embraced a(...)

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Here’s what’s in the Legislature’s energy/climate change legislation

Here’s what’s in the Legislature’s energy/climate change legislation

Utility bill assessments scrapped; funding levels still to be determined

THE LEGISLATURE suspended its rules and whisked through a climate change bill on Thursday that seeks to make Massachusetts the “Saudi Arabia of wind,” promotes the adoption of zero emission vehicles, and allows 10 communities to bar fossil fuel infrastructure in new construction. The precise contents of the bill were not available and the funding(...)

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Biden visits Somerset, an energy bellwether

Biden visits Somerset, an energy bellwether

President to speak on climate at Brayton Point

REP. PATRICIA HADDAD of Somerset woke up a bit late on Tuesday, checked her phone, and saw she had 15 texts and six phone messages – all about President Biden coming to town. The White House announced that Biden would be flying into Providence on Wednesday and then coming over to Brayton Point in Somerset(...)

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