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Energy Quote of the Day: On NIMBY, Free Lunches, and Pipelines

December 13, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Pipeline Routes and Planning

Kinder Morgan is submitting a revised route for a natural gas pipeline designed to bring additional supplies of natural gas into Massachusetts, where gas and power prices spiked last winter due to a combination of physical supply issues and market factors. The company changed the route due to public opposition.[read more]

Massachusetts Public Housing Leverages SunEdison Solar PPAs for Big Savings

December 11, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

SunEdison has inked sixteen separate power-purchase agreements with public housing authorities from all across Massachusetts over the last year, all of which involve net metering credits for solar PV arrays installed elsewhere in the utility’s territory.[read more]

Republican Charlie Baker's Win in Liberal Massachusetts Offers Path Forward on Climate Change

November 6, 2014 by Matthew Nisbet
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Climate Change and Politics

In winning the Massachusetts Governor’s race, Republican Charlie Baker’s platform on climate change reflected not only a pragmatic approach to meaningfully addressing the issue, but also a strategy that can help Republicans with their flock of dodos image problem.[read more]

In Massachusetts, Compromise Pairs Net Metering With Declining Solar Incentives

July 14, 2014 by Tom Plant

Massachusetts and Solar Market Change

In states around the country, there have been attacks on the net metering policies that support distributed resources, primarily solar power systems. Utilities claim these policies give solar system owners a pass on paying for the infrastructure that connects them to the grid.[read more]

Energy Politics is Often More About Location than Party

July 10, 2014 by Rod Adams

Massachusetts has a large influence on energy policy making. Even without any congressmen or senators on key committees and without any large energy corporations in the state, it is the home of the Secretary of Energy, the EPA Administrator, and the acting FERC chairman.[read more]

Critics Say Massachusetts' New Solar Bill Would Create an Unfair Exchange

July 9, 2014 by Herman Trabish
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New concerns are being raised by solar advocates in Massachusetts about recent solar policy revisions resulting from a landmark agreement between utilities and the solar industry. The solar bill H.4185 is currently working its way through the state legislature after stakeholders reached common ground.[read more]

Lessons From the Making of the Massachusetts Solar Compromise Bill

July 6, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Massachusetts Solar Bill

The Massachusetts legislature could serve as an example of how to resolve the net energy metering policy debate between the solar industry and utilities, if and only if the continuing debate over the bill can be brought to a mutually amenable conclusion.[read more]

Will Distributed Solar Energy Win in Massachusetts?

February 22, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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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
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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
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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]