Electricity

Electric vehicle charging gets a jump

Electric vehicle charging gets a jump

Eversource’s $45m program will support rapid buildout

MASSACHUSETTS TOOK A MAJOR STEP toward its goal of 300,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2025 when the Department of Public Utilities last week approved the nation’s largest electric vehicle charging program outside of California. The landmark $45 million program developed by Eversource, one of the Commonwealth’s largest utilities, will support the buildout of(...)

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S. Coast lawmakers push offshore wind project

S. Coast lawmakers push offshore wind project

Lobby Baker administration on clean energy procurement

The following is a letter sent to Matthew Beaton, the secretary of energy and environmental affairs, on December 12 by Rep. Patricia Haddad of Somerset and cosigned by Sen. Michael Rodrigues of Westport. AS THE SECTION 83D Massachusetts Clean Energy RFP selection process is coming to a close, I wish to offer my observations and(...)

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Mass. should import wind power from Canada

Mass. should import wind power from Canada

By looking north, we can meet our emissions reduction goals

RIGHT NOW, New England’s energy future sits at a crossroads. The New England states have made some of the most ambitious clean energy and carbon emission reduction goals in the entire country. Despite these commitments, the truth is there is simply not enough clean energy generation capacity available right now – or in the near(...)

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Hydro-Quebec power is not what we want

Hydro-Quebec power is not what we want

Emission reductions, tribal claims, money outflow all concerns

OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, the Baker Administration will be making billion-dollar decisions about the kind of energy that will be powering our homes, businesses, and municipalities for decades to come. It is critical we get it right. Across the globe we are watching the devastating impacts of climate disruption. The specter of extreme storms,(...)

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Baker tries to kickstart energy storage business

Baker tries to kickstart energy storage business

$20m in grants awarded for 26 projects using mostly lithium ion batteries

THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION on Thursday handed out $20 million in energy storage grants, an attempt to kickstart an industry that holds promise in reducing peak electricity demand and increasing the reliability of intermittent forms of renewable energy such as wind and solar. Most of the projects revolve around storing electricity when it is cheap (off-peak)(...)

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Maine utility: Our hydro project has lowest cost

Maine utility: Our hydro project has lowest cost

Claim is latest in very public battle over MA clean energy procurement

IN THE PUBLIC JOCKEYING for a multibillion-dollar clean energy contract with Massachusetts, Central Maine Power on Wednesday said its project would deliver the largest amount of hydroelectricity from Quebec at the lowest cost. Sara Burns, president and CEO of Central Maine Power, said her company will deliver electricity from the Quebec border into the New(...)

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Who’s behind consumer energy group?

Who’s behind consumer energy group?

Consumers for Sensible Energy keeps donors secret

A GROUP CALLED Consumers for Sensible Energy is refusing to say who is bankrolling the operation amid reports that the Newton-based organization is linked to a similar-type outfit in New Hampshire and possibly others around the country. Consumers for Sensible Energy opposes the construction of new pipelines to bring more natural gas into the region.(...)

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Cape Wind calls it quits

Cape Wind calls it quits

Gordon says he is surrendering offshore wind lease

THE DEVELOPER BEHIND CAPE WIND, who sought to pioneer offshore wind power in the United States but never managed to shake legal challenges from locals led by billionaire William Koch, has thrown in the towel and decided to move on. Jim Gordon, the president of Cape Wind Associates, notified the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management(...)

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DPU cuts Eversource rate hike by 60%

DPU cuts Eversource rate hike by 60%

Approves $45 million investment to expand electric vehicle charging

THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES on Thursday cut Eversource Energy’s overall rate hike request by 60 percent, turning aside the company’s bid for $90.8 million and allowing an increase of $36.4  million. The new rates are spread across the company’s operations in eastern and western Massachusetts, with the impact falling harder on residents in(...)

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It’s time for outrage in business community

It’s time for outrage in business community

DPU ignores concerns of commercial, industrial firms

  OVER THE YEARS, the four major groups representing commercial and industrial (C&I)customers in proceedings berfore the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities — Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Energy Consortium, the Western Massachusetts Industrial Group, and PowerOptions — have actively participated in numerous dockets, presenting a unique C&I customer-oriented perspective, only to have their positions(...)

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