Energy

Eversource to seek Northern Pass reconsideration

Eversource to seek Northern Pass reconsideration

NH business group calls on regulators to reverse course on permit denial

EVERSOURCE ENERGY, which is facing a March 27 deadline to get its Northern Pass project back on track, is planning to ask a New Hampshire regulatory board to reconsider its unanimous decision to deny the transmission line a key permit. “We feel we have a strong legal argument to make and we will make our(...)

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With more control, communities choose clean energy

With more control, communities choose clean energy

Aggregation saves money while meeting climate goals

ACROSS MASSACHUSETTS, COMMUNITIES are taking control over where their energy comes from. By leveraging local bulk purchasing power, more than 100 towns and cities in the Bay State have increased the amount of renewable energy they buy each year, while at the same time producing savings for consumers. Community Choice Energy (CCE, also known as(...)

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Baker selects backup for Northern Pass

Baker selects backup for Northern Pass

Maine project, also with ties to Hydro-Quebec, gets the nod

THE MASSACHUSETTS CLEAN ENERGY PROCUREMENT took another odd turn on Friday as officials entered into contract negotiations with a second transmission company with ties to Hydro-Quebec while giving Northern Pass until March 27 to overturn a unanimous regulatory rejection in New Hampshire. Just before 5 p.m., Baker administration officials released an update on the procurement(...)

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Winter costs make region cold for business

Winter costs make region cold for business

New Englanders pay $1 billion more for energy than the rest of the country

TO SAY THAT this has been a tough winter is an understatement. Already, we’ve seen record cold snaps, soaring energy bills and story after story about how Massachusetts has burned 2 million barrels of oil to generate electricity because we didn’t have an adequate supply of energy. And it’s only February. Already, Massachusetts is one(...)

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Storage, not new pipelines, is the answer

Storage, not new pipelines, is the answer

It’s the equivalent of adding 2 lanes at rush hour

MASSACHUSETTS POLICYMAKERS face a serious choice in 2018: do they meet impending reliability challenges with 20th Century technologies that require interminable and inevitable battles over infrastructure siting, or do they cement the Commonwealth’s role as an international leader and solve these challenges with price competitive advanced clean energy technologies? A January 18, 2018, fuel security(...)

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Healey unveils new renewable energy targets

Healey unveils new renewable energy targets

AG clarifies position on building new natural gas pipelines

ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY on Thursday said Massachusetts should meet 50 percent or more of its electric power needs with renewable energy by 2030 and 100 percent by 2050. She also clarified her position on building new natural gas pipeline capacity. Healey’s goals are different than those contained in the Global Warming Solutions Act, which(...)

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Forget Quebec, look offshore for power

Forget Quebec, look offshore for power

But for wind to work we need to change some things

THE SELECTION AND THEN REJECTION of the Northern Pass project is proving to be a remarkably important moment of reckoning about Massachusetts’ energy future. For beyond the desirability of Northern Pass looms much larger questions: How much more energy will we need from across the border in the North, especially in the form of hydropower,(...)

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Utilities find no common ground on N. Pass

Utilities find no common ground on N. Pass

As deadline missed, state officials promise update in a week

THE STATE’S UTILITIES blew through a deadline on Friday to come up with a decision or at least a series of next steps for dealing with the fallout from the rejection of Northern Pass by New Hampshire regulators. Northern Pass, a partnership of Hydro-Quebec and Eversource Energy to import hydropower from Canada into New England(...)

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Beware the Coalition for Sustainable Energy

Beware the Coalition for Sustainable Energy

It’s only goal is to sustain the natural gas industry

YET ANOTHER PRO-GAS lobbying group forms, this time just as the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change prepares to release its omnibus energy bill. Prompting eye-rolls among clean energy advocates, the lobbying group has the audacity to call itself the “Massachusetts Coalition for Sustainable Energy” on its letterhead. It would more aptly be(...)

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Mass. business groups push natural gas

Mass. business groups push natural gas

Form new coalition to press for more pipeline capacity

ON A DAY WHEN the Baker administration touted 2,000 megawatts of installed solar capacity in Massachusetts, the leaders of eight Bay State business groups appealed to Beacon Hill leaders to expand the supply of natural gas. “By boosting our supply of natural gas, we can stabilize energy prices, reduce costs to ratepayers, and attract jobs(...)

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