Energy

Baker, DeLeo need to step up on climate change

Baker, DeLeo need to step up on climate change

Trump-lite policies don’t cut it in midst of crisis

TWO WEEKS AGO, the Washington Post reported that the Trump administration predicted a 7 degree Fahrenheit (almost 4 degrees Celsius) rise in global temperatures within the century, suggesting that there is no point trying to stop it. Whether it is calling climate change a hoax or concluding climate change is inevitable, the Trump administration is(...)

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Sizing up Baker, Gonzalez on T, energy, environment

Sizing up Baker, Gonzalez on T, energy, environment

Forum highlighted sharp differences in approach, philosophy

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER and his Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez have a lot in common. Baker grew up in Needham and Gonzalez lives there now. Both ran health insurance companies and also took turns heading up the state’s Executive Office for Administration and Finance – Gonzalez under former governor Deval Patrick and Baker under former governor(...)

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We need more, not less, competition for offshore wind

We need more, not less, competition for offshore wind

With ranks of competitors shrinking, government must intervene

THE OFFSHORE WIND ERA in the United States is here. With no need to burn fossil fuel, to enrich uranium, to dam rivers, or to build thousands of acres of solar panels, offshore wind is the most benign form of bulk power available to mankind. Plans to seize the potential of offshore wind already have(...)

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DPU puts Natl. Grid on notice after incident

DPU puts Natl. Grid on notice after incident

Orders moratorium on non-emergency work after pressurization issue

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AFTER FIELDING DOZENS of safety complaints filed in recent weeks by locked-out National Grid workers, state officials on Monday announced that a natural gas pressurization incident in Woburn had spurred them to impose a moratorium on all non-emergency and non-compliance work across the utility’s service territory. In a statement, an Executive(...)

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Ørsted to buy Deepwater Wind for $510m

Ørsted to buy Deepwater Wind for $510m

Danish firm eliminates competitor; retains Grybowski as co-CEO in US

TWO OF THE BIGGER PLAYERS in the emerging US offshore wind industry are combining forces, as the Denmark-based Ørsted announced an agreement on Monday to purchase Deepwater Wind of Rhode Island for $510 million. The deal eliminates one of Ørsted’s leading competitors along the East Coast and creates a company with offshore wind contracts or(...)

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Gas explosions show how dangerous the fuel is

Gas explosions show how dangerous the fuel is

It’s time to break our addiction to fossil fuels

THE CONSERVATION LAW FOUNDATION in late September held a meeting in Lawrence to highlight the work of our community partners there. Just as these groups began their presentations, natural gas-fueled explosions and fires began to erupt in South Lawrence and the neighboring towns of Andover and North Andover. Amidst the ensuing chaos, one person was(...)

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DPU presses Natl. Grid on alleged violations

DPU presses Natl. Grid on alleged violations

Utility says it is confident in overall approach to safety

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES found 29 instances in which National Grid may have violated federal gas pipeline safety regulations since early July and regulators said further investigation or other action may be necessary. The alleged violations include things like a manhole left open overnight to vent a gas leak in(...)

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Hydro-Québec’s greenwashing game

Hydro-Québec’s greenwashing game

No guarantees Massachusetts deal will lower emissions

IN A RECENT COMMENTARY PIECE, “Sierra Club fires back on Québec hydro,” the Sierra Club explained why electricity imported from Québec is not clean. The focus was on the adverse environmental impacts directly related to flooding large areas of land for hydroelectricity. But that’s only part of the story. As a result of Hydro-Québec’s ability(...)

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Consumers overlooked amid ISO power politics

Consumers overlooked amid ISO power politics

Who should bear the brunt of Exelon subsidies?

THE FUEL SECURITY CONTROVERSY in New England, particularly as it relates to the availability of natural gas in the winter, escalated dramatically with the issuance of a fuel security study by the operation of the region’s power grid, ISO New England. That was followed quickly by Exelon’s announcement that it intends to shut down its(...)

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Sierra Club fires back on Quebec hydro

Sierra Club fires back on Quebec hydro

Stored energy is neither green nor clean

THE ASSERTIONS IN THE RECENT ARTICLE “Hydro-Québec, Central Maine Power respond to critics” by John Carroll and Lynne St-Laurent are not correct. Of course, one must consider the source of the statements. New England Clean Energy Connect project proponents put a nice spin on their joint project, but they respond as public relations employees rather than(...)

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