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Coal Power is Not Dead
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Coal Power is Not Dead

The sale of two coal-burning mainstays of Massachusetts’ power generation fleet has rightly contributed to the concerns about the growing use and cost of natural gas and the state’s role as a beacon for encouraging clean energy. Predictably, environmentalists lauded the sale of Brayton Point Station in Somerset and the Salem Harbor Station as the […]

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The Energy Bill Becomes Law
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The Energy Bill Becomes Law

As the two-year legislative session drew to a close this week, there has been a rash of headlines about things state leaders were battling over. Yes, there have been disagreements which have almost derailed important legislation, but we think there is something significant worth noting in where they do agree around reforms to the state’s […]

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Common Ground in Both Energy Bills
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Common Ground in Both Energy Bills

With the clock ticking away on this legislative session, Massachusetts is again on the verge of passing important legislation which will have a definite impact on the energy marketplace in the Commonwealth. Last week in this space, we called to your attention a proposed amendment to the House of Representatives energy bill which stood to […]

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Implementing Energy Efficiency Programs
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Implementing Energy Efficiency Programs

For about 20 years, Massachusetts utilities have been the primary – some would say exclusive – implementer of the state’s energy efficiency programs. Throughout that time, there have been discussions about whether the utilities are the best vehicle to implement programs. Other states have gone the route of what is referred to as the “third […]

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Risks of Natural Gas Reliance
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Risks of Natural Gas Reliance

New England’s reliance on natural gas for electricity generation has been a subject of debate and concern for over a decade, at least since the burst of new generation facilities after restructuring, leading to our current over 40 percent dependency on gas for power. The concern has been on the supply and cost risks of […]

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Keeping the Solar Boom Booming
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Keeping the Solar Boom Booming

Massachusetts state Senate began debate last week on Senate Bill 2200, An Act Relative to Competitively Priced Electricity in the Commonwealth—a huge piece of legislation which, among other things, alters parts of the Green Communities Act (GCA). Debate on the bill will resume this week, but it’s worth noting that it has two provisions which have […]

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