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Will Distributed Solar Energy Win in Massachusetts?

February 22, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

A recent story published in the Boston Globe warned that Massachusetts utility customers could be faced with bigger electricity bills over the next twenty years. That’s because of Governor Deval Patrick’s plan to expand solar energy resources there.[read more]

Massachusetts Makes Smart Grid Mandatory

January 1, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Massachusetts has joined a growing list of states demanding that its investor-owned utilities invest in the smart grid -- and find new models for how those investments should be valued. Consider it the latest move in a state-by-state reconfiguration of utility business models.[read more]

Massachusetts Sets Itself Apart As Global Clean Energy Hub

November 5, 2013 by Jake Rozmaryn

Massachusetts and Clean Energy

Massachusetts, a state filled with top-tier universities, is known for its entrepreneurial vision, history of innovation and spawning scientific advances. The technological gains have spread to the clean energy sector and helped expand the industry.[read more]

Massachusetts Solar Energy Installations More Than Quadrupled Between 2010-2012

May 28, 2013 by Joshua Hill

Massachusetts solar energy boom?

Recently released Massacusetts Clean Energy Center data shows that residential solar installations have more than quadrupled between 2010 and 2012 in the state.[read more]

Analysis: Cape Wind’s Big Break

February 28, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

Governor Deval Patrick’s administration and other key players have advanced a plan to allow two major utilities to merge on the condition that the resulting utility agree to buy part of Cape Wind’s output.[read more]

MA Governor Patrick: The Green Communities Act is Working

January 24, 2012 by Carrie Nash

Recently, Massachusetts’s landmark energy efficiency law, the Green Communities Act of 2008, has come under criticism for raising energy costs and harming state businesses at the expense of its utility companies. Governor Deval Patrick, though, reminded the people during his State of the Commonwealth speech that one of the nation’s...[read more]

Imagine What A Real Cap Could Do

December 15, 2011 by Gernot Wagner

RGGI (pronounced “Reggie”), the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, has capped carbon dioxide emissions in ten northeastern U.S. states. Well, it isn’t much of a cap, given how loose it really is. Still, the latest analysis that tries to follow the money points to $1.6 billion in economic benefits for the economies in these ten states....[read more]

A Big Week in Clean Energy for Massachusetts

October 21, 2011 by Walter Frick

In case you hadn’t noticed, the clean energy community in Massachusetts is having a great week. The Bay State is widely recognized as a national clean energy leader and three items this week underscore why that is. While each of these got some news here and there, it’s worth pulling all three together to demonstrate the state’s envious position in clean energy.[read more]

To Advance Efficiency, State Governments Go Local

May 16, 2011 by Michael Sciortino

Anyone following the budget crises facing state governments can tell you that the policies and actions taken in state capitols can make indelible impacts on local governments. Local governments often rely on state funds, and in many cases take cues from the states when considering policies and programs. Recognizing that the economic and...[read more]

New Hampshire Senate Votes to Stay in RGGI

May 12, 2011 by Nathanael Baker

In a two-to-one vote the New Hampshire Senate approved a bill designed to maintain the state's involvement in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). After the state's House of Representatives approved legislation in March that would remove New Hampshire from the ten state cap-and-trade program, the Senate chose to amend New...[read more]

Another court dismisses price fixing, price gouging claims against Martha’s Vineyard gasoline retailers

February 28, 2011 by Michael Giberson

The Martha’s Vineyard Times: A panel of judges sitting in the federal First Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling that gasoline prices on Martha’s Vineyard have not been illegally inflated by a conspiracy among retailers, according to a report by “The Docket,” the news blog of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. The decision...[read more]


America moves a step closer to its first offshore wind farm

November 23, 2010 by James Cartledge

The race to get America’s first offshore wind farm up and running continues, with Massachusetts beginning to cement its leading position. The state’s Cape Wind project received a partial green light yesterday for its 15-year power purchase agreement with National Grid, although one of the two proposed contracts was rejected by the...[read more]

Wal-Mart Publicly Opposes Cape Wind Contract Costs

June 21, 2010 by Rod Adams

Now I know that the Cape Wind off-shore project is going to have a very tough time getting completed. Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, and a company that has been paying for a major advertising campaign touting its efforts to to "green" its operations has filed a motion to intervene in Massachusetts review of the contract...[read more]

SRECs to Rescue Solar Power?

May 18, 2010 by David Levy

A few weeks ago I ran into David Weinberg, President of Apogee Solar, a solar energy developer in Connecticut and Massachusetts. I was intrigued by his company’s business pitch: to provide solar installations at no up-front cost to customers and then enter a long-term agreement to sell power to the customer at a heavily discounted price...[read more]

Finally! A Renewable Energy Lawsuit

May 7, 2010 by Christopher Williams

This post comes from one of our 11 industry insiders, that will all start writing in May, stay tuned! Jesse Gossett is a partner at Emergent Energy Group. So there’s this lawsuit that just popped up where a Canadian energy company is suing the Massachusetts governments over a law that requires utilities to purchase their renewable...[read more]