Electricity

Pipeline charges prompt lots of questions

Pipeline charges prompt lots of questions

Who’s looking out for ratepayers?

ACCUSATIONS AND INVESTIGATIONS are underway in response to an academic white paper posted by the Environmental Defense Fund concerning artificially created pipeline capacity constraints and resultant spikes in energy prices. The sides are lining up as usual, with the region’s ratepayer advocates expressing a need for further investigation and better rules to protect consumers, and(...)

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Citing Trump initiative, grid operator delays report

Citing Trump initiative, grid operator delays report

Perry wants to halt shutdowns of coal, nuclear plants

A TRUMP ADMINISTRATION INITIATIVE to financially buttress struggling coal and nuclear power plants is prompting the operator of the New England power grid to put off the release of a long-awaited fuel security study. The study’s release was delayed because the Trump administration initiative “raised the potential for significant changes to the wholesale electricity markets(...)

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Pipeline gas report is misleading, inaccurate

Pipeline gas report is misleading, inaccurate

Eversource, Avangrid were protecting their customers

THE ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND’S new report on New England electric and natural gas markets provides a profoundly misleading and inaccurate analysis. Two utilities cited in the report (Avangrid and Eversource) did nothing irregular, improper, or legally questionable with their reservation of gas capacity on an interstate natural gas pipeline. In fact, they were acting with the(...)

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Natl. Grid calls foul on Hydro-Quebec proposal

Natl. Grid calls foul on Hydro-Quebec proposal

Says hydropower won’t reduce greenhouse gas emissions

THE HIGH-STAKES BATTLE for a multibillion-dollar Massachusetts clean energy contract is heading in an uncertain direction, with National Grid asserting that the bids of one of its largest competitors, Hydro-Quebec, run afoul of the intent of the state law that set the contracting process in motion.  At a closed-door presentation last week to industry officials and in an interview, National Grid officials said the intent of the energy diversity(...)

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Report: Eversource artificially constrained gas pipeline capacity

Report: Eversource artificially constrained gas pipeline capacity

Utility calls alleged $3.6b impact ‘complete fabrication’

EVERSOURCE ENERGY and Avangrid Inc. participated in a scheme to artificially constrain natural gas pipeline capacity in New England and drive up electricity prices by $3.6 billion over three years, according to a report posted Wednesday on the website of the Environmental Defense Fund. Eversource vehemently denied it engaged in any behavior to artificially constrain(...)

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Utilities on both sides of bargaining table

Utilities on both sides of bargaining table

Eversource, National Grid could end up awarding billion-dollar clean energy contracts to themselves

IN MID-MAY,  the MBTA hired a Colorado company to help the agency manage the $2 billion extension of the Green Line into Somerville and Medford. Less than three months later, the Colorado firm was acquired by Jacobs Engineering Group, a key player on one of the three construction teams vying for the Green Line contract.(...)

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Time to put pedal to the metal

Time to put pedal to the metal

Utilities are the key to electric vehicle expansion

WE GENERALLY THINK of Eversource, National Grid, and other utilities as the providers of the electricity we need to keep the lights on. That they are, but over the next 20 years they will also increasingly become the folks we rely on to power our cars, buses, autonomous vehicles, and pretty much all other means(...)

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Could electricity become too cheap to meter?

Could electricity become too cheap to meter?

Renewables and power storage could make it possible

YEARS AGO, DURING AN ERA in which nuclear power had great promise, advocates for this energy form said that it would produce electricity “too cheap to meter.” While that prediction did not provide a useful preview of the future of nuclear power, the economic premise behind it had some merit. While each nuclear power plant(...)

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Stopping climate change starts at home

Stopping climate change starts at home

Our homes can produce more energy than they use

AS OUR NATION RECOVERS from the damage of three devastating hurricanes and ravaging wildfires it is clear to most Americans that this increasingly severe weather is caused by a warming atmosphere. While we are lucky to live in Massachusetts, a member of the US Climate Alliance, and one of the 14 states on track to(...)

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Rick Perry links pipelines, natural security

Rick Perry links pipelines, natural security

Region's grid operator to release fuel security study next month

THERE WAS MORE NEWS out of Washington this week suggesting that the federal government could intervene to override local opposition to natural gas pipelines in order to protect national security. According to press reports, Energy Secretary Rick Perry singled out New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his political opposition to building new pipeline capacity in(...)

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