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Green Revolution Short-Circuited
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Green Revolution Short-Circuited

It’s more than a bit ironic that, as a “green revolution” was being declared on Clean Energy Day at the State House Wednesday, NStar utility workers were scrambling to fix a major outage of the distribution system in Boston’s Back Bay. There is a growing disconnect between our focus in the state on green/clean energy […]

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Renewable Energy Credit Targets Need a Tweak
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Renewable Energy Credit Targets Need a Tweak

One of the many arcane dimensions of the energy world is the requirements of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS). In a nutshell, the RPS requires electricity suppliers to utilize a certain percentage of renewable energy in their sales. Suppliers meet that requirement by purchasing Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), which are generated from qualifying […]

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New Munis Must Provide Choice
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New Munis Must Provide Choice

Every few years, the idea of taking electric distribution service public through municipalization of the low voltage poles and wires gets some traction and stirs debate about who can provide better service at lower rates – the investor-owned electric company or a publicly owned municipal light plant (MLPs). There are several dozen MLPs, or as […]

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A Novel Approach to Solar
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A Novel Approach to Solar

I am thrilled to announce the launch of PowerOptions’ solar power program in partnership with SunEdison. Yesterday, we held an event at Woburn City Hall, hosted by Mayor Scott Galvin, which included comments from Massachusetts Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia and Representatives Jay Kaufman and James Dwyer, both of whom represent portions of Woburn. The […]

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Natural Gas Boom – Too Much of a Good Thing?
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Natural Gas Boom – Too Much of a Good Thing?

Welcome to the latest and, we think, one of the most exciting new features of our improved website – the inaugural PowerOptions blog, which we’re calling Wired In. PowerOptions was founded 15 years ago on the promise of becoming the leading energy buying consortium in Massachusetts, helping nonprofit institutions and government entities navigate the complex […]

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Time to Assess Energy Efficiency Plans
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Time to Assess Energy Efficiency Plans

Massachusetts has a long, successful history of energy efficiency programs and there are many reasons to ensure that continues. But the state cannot make the kind of financial investments that it has made (currently more than $1 billion over three years) and not closely examine the costs and impacts on customers. The costs are significant […]

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