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Federal Carbon Tax Bill Introduced Into Senate
by Jerry Elmer

Earlier this month, Rhode Island’s U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, who has made climate change his signature issue, introduced into the Senate the American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act (S-2940). The bill imposes a direct, simply-applied, economy-wide tax on carbon emissions. While the bill is not perfect, it is quite excellent (and has a number of very…

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The ISO’s Big Mistake: Not Counting Renewable Energy
by Jerry Elmer

On October 3, 2014, the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) voted overwhelmingly not to support the ISO’s forecast of New England electricity load for an upcoming year.  CLF is a member of NEPOOL, and strongly supported the NEPOOL action.  NEPOOL’s action is both very important and very surprising, but the story is complicated and requires…

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In Rhode Island, the Answer is Yes on Bond Issue #6
by Jerry Elmer

On election day, Rhode Islanders will have an opportunity to address climate change by voting in favor of Transportation Bond Issue #6. The “Transit Infrastructure Bond Referendum,” will help provide much-needed funding for enhancements and renovations to mass transit infrastructure throughout Rhode Island. This, in turn, will improve the public’s mobility and access to jobs,…

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The ISO – and How Renewable Energy Can Save Ratepayers Money
by Jerry Elmer

Everyone’s heard someone claim that renewable energy is too expensive. This criticism often overlooks one of the most important benefits of renewable energy – not the environmental benefits (which are also very important!) but the price-suppression benefits. CLF is an active participant in the ISO-NE, and, as such, we get to see some of the…

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The Focus of Renewable Energy Remains Climate Change
by Jerry Elmer

A few days ago, I posted a blog on CLF’s website about a newly published study that quantifies the economic-development benefits of renewable energy Distributed Generation (DG). You can read that earlier blog post, here. In my prior blog, I quoted from the executive summary of the DG Study that said: “The study finds that…