Renewable energy

Businesses want stronger clean energy mandates

Businesses want stronger clean energy mandates

Corporations call on state to raise the renewable portfolio standard

FOR CENTURIES, MASSACHUSETTS has been a national hub for innovation. With cutting edge academic institutions, a superb health care sector, and a thriving real estate market, the commonwealth is an excellent place to do business. Massachusetts is also home to a rapidly growing clean energy sector, which has allowed commercial real estate service providers like(...)

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Mass. citizens point the way on climate change

Mass. citizens point the way on climate change

State leaders and policymakers need to get on same page as voters

WE LIVE IN a time when the way we power our lives is literally putting our survival at stake. We’re seeing an increase in deadly natural disasters, glaciers melting at a worrisome rate, and American states and territories at risk of disappearing from the map due to rising sea levels. Yet the Trump administration seems(...)

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Competing strategies emerge on offshore wind

Competing strategies emerge on offshore wind

Eversource, National Grid push different transmission options

TWO VERY DIFFERENT strategies are beginning to emerge as three offshore wind companies prepare to vie for up to 1,600 megawatts of contracts with the state of Massachusetts. The powerhouse partnership of DONG Energy and Eversource Energy, operating under the name of Bay State Wind, has adopted what might be described as a go-it-alone, bigger-is-better(...)

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Renewables not cheap

Renewables not cheap

Wind, solar far higher cost than ‘polluting energy’ sources

IN DECEMBER, A company called CleanChoice Energy mailed out a sales pitch to electricity customers in eastern Massachusetts. The letter acknowledged that 100 percent renewable energy from solar and wind would cost “a little more” than “polluting energy,” but said the added expense was worth it. “That’s because the energy you are choosing is better(...)

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Study: Storage could deliver 600 MW in 10 years

Study: Storage could deliver 600 MW in 10 years

Officials say incentives could lead to “game-changer” in renewable energy

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WITH THE RIGHT amount of encouragement, energy storage technology – a field that can range from batteries to more novel contraptions – could account for 600 megawatts of energy in Massachusetts by 2025, providing more than $800 million in savings and reducing greenhouse gases by the equivalent of removing 73,000 cars(...)

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Nearly 99,000 clean energy jobs in MA

Nearly 99,000 clean energy jobs in MA

Report: Sector represents 3.3% of state workforce

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE CLEAN ENERGY SECTOR now employs nearly 99,000 workers in Massachusetts, after five consecutive years of growth, according to a report out Tuesday from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. A total of 6,439 clean energy companies across the state employ 98,895 workers, representing 11.9 percent growth over last year, the 2015(...)

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