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State DPU approves contracts with Hydro-Quebec - The Boston Globe
The state Department of Public Utilities on Tuesday approved long-term contracts between the state’s major utilities and Hydro-Quebec that will bring hydropower to Massachusetts via a $950 million power line to be built in western Maine. Power line developer Avangrid is still securing the state and federal permits it needs to construct the 145-mile line, known as New England Clean Energy Connect. The company plans to start construction later this year, and to finish it by the end of 2022. The DPU says the agreements will save electricity customers in Massachusetts about 2 to 4 percent off their monthly electric bills over the life of the 20-year contracts. These contracts — with utilities National Grid, Eversource, and Unitil — were set in motion by a 2016 energy law aimed at increasing the grid’s reliability and curbing greenhouse gas emissions. One point of controversy: the utilities secured compensation for themselves equal to 2.75 percent of the contracts, the maximum allowed under state law. — JON CHESTO
bostonglobe  Hydro-Quebec  CleanEnergyRFP 
3 hours ago by eversourcenh
Boston group brings corporate America to D.C. to push for climate bill - The Boston Globe
Members of Congress are used to hearing from the usual suspects — the enviros and other lefties — about the pressing need for a law that would curb carbon emissions.
bostonglobe  climatechange  carbonemissions  legislation 
4 weeks ago by eversourcenh
Stakes high in New Hampshire timber industry debate - The Boston Globe
New Hampshire’s wood-fired power plants helped support the timber industry for nearly four decades. But their days could be numbered now — unless the state Legislature’s latest lifeline succeeds.
bostonglobe  biomass  industry  legislation  subsidy 
5 weeks ago by eversourcenh
Offshore wind auction faces a new hitch - The Boston Globe
The second round of bidding for offshore wind contracts hasn’t even started yet. But the complaining sure has.
bostonglobe  offshorewind  CleanEnergyRFP 
9 weeks ago by eversourcenh
End the energy supply scam now - The Boston Globe
You know those energy company reps who knock on your door at the worst possible moment, offering to save you money on gas and electric bills?
bostonglobe  scams  AG  study 
10 weeks ago by eversourcenh
Eversource fights to keep Northern Pass alive - The Boston Globe
To many critics, the fate of Eversource’s Northern Pass power line through New Hampshire was sealed when it lost a pivotal deal to deliver electricity to Massachusetts.
bostonglobe  northernpass  supremecourt  appeal 
10 weeks ago by eversourcenh
Lawmakers may drop price cap as wind farm’s low prices cause a stir - The Boston Globe
When Vineyard Wind won the state’s first round of bidding for offshore energy contracts last year, the developer pleasantly surprised just about everyone with its super-low price.
bostonglobe  offshorewind  forwardcapacityauction 
march 2019 by eversourcenh
Settlement may be near for Quebec-to-Mass. power line - The Boston Globe
If you want to build a massive power line through northern New England, it sure helps to get the Conservation Law Foundation on board.
bostonglobe  maine  cmp  NECEC  northernpass 
february 2019 by eversourcenh
Eversource plugs into green power with major offshore wind, solar projects - The Boston Globe
That power line through New Hampshire’s mountains hasn’t quite worked out. And forget about that natural gas pipeline expansion in Massachusetts and Connecticut for now.
bostonglobe  offshorewind  partnership  orsted 
february 2019 by eversourcenh
State fines National Grid for storm response - The Boston Globe
National Grid is facing a $750,000 penalty from the state of Massachusetts for not preparing and responding properly to a destructive wind storm in October 2017 that left some 300,000 customers without electricity.
bostonglobe  nationalgrid  Storm  response  fine 
january 2019 by eversourcenh
Wind turbine company picks Boston for its US HQ - The Boston Globe
This country’s nascent offshore wind industry doesn’t yet have its own capital city. But Boston could be in the best position of any place to earn that title.
bostonglobe  offshorewind  lease  auction 
january 2019 by eversourcenh
Two unions approve National Grid contract - The Boston Globe
National Grid workers voted overwhelmingly on Monday to approve a new contract, putting an end to a lockout that left 1,250 gas workers and support staff out of work for six months.
bostonglobe  nationalgrid  Union  lockout 
january 2019 by eversourcenh
Lisa Randall, "Seeing dark matter as the key to the universe — and human empathy," The Boston Globe
Yet, just as a small fraction of the world’s political and economic elite dominates the vast majority of power while the remaining population provides essential infrastructure that gives shape to daily life — constructing our homes, keeping our cities operational, getting food to our tables — dark matter was essential to the structure and formation of the universe. It was crucial in the creation of the clusters and galaxies without which our world would never have arisen.

Dark matter’s existence perplexes people who find it implausible that the vast majority of matter in the universe would be undetectable by our senses and their technological extensions. Some even wonder if it’s a sort of mistake. To me it would be even more astonishing if the matter we can see with our eyes were all the matter there is. You might have thought such hubristic beliefs were upended by the Copernican Revolution. After all, the history of physics is the history of revealing how much is deceptive, or is hidden from view.
LisaRandall  BostonGlobe  op-ed  empathy  race  science  DarkMatter  physics  astronomy  2015Faves 
january 2019 by briansholis
In Quebec, clean energy goes to waste. Let’s use it. - The Boston Globe
Once again, a planned electric transmission line from Canada to New England has created an odd alliance between a few environmental groups and fossil fuel interests determined to stop it.
bostonglobe  editorial  hydropower  Hydro-Quebec  cleanenergy  climatechange 
december 2018 by eversourcenh
Offshore wind auction draws huge interest, big money - The Boston Globe
The blockbuster auction for offshore wind leases that wrapped up Friday should leave few doubts: The industry has finally arrived in New England.
bostonglobe  massachusetts  offshorewind  lease  auction 
december 2018 by eversourcenh
Plan to bring hydropower from Canada to Mass. faces mounting obstacles - The Boston Globe
It seemed like such a simple solution.
To the north of New England, there’s a vast network of rivers and dams that generates massive amounts of hydropower, energy that could slake the growing demand for emissions-free electricity in Massachusetts.
bostonglobe  massachusetts  CleanEnergyRFP  hydropower  northernpass  cmp 
november 2018 by eversourcenh
Can the Balsams, in all its nostalgic splendor, be saved? - The Boston Globe
Because room service didn’t exist at the Balsams Grand Resort, every meal was eaten in the dining room, in one’s best clothes, at a table with strangers. Your waiter came to know your preferences because you had the same wait staff your entire stay.
bostonglobe  Balsams  Economicdevelopment 
november 2018 by eversourcenh

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