Jerry Elmer

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Dismantling the Latest Legal Delays in the Fight for Cape Wind
by Jerry Elmer

The new year has brought more of the same when it comes to the decade-long battle over the Cape Wind offshore wind energy project proposed to be built in federal waters off the coast of Massachusetts. While Europe continues to leap forward with deployment of offshore wind – tapping into this resource’s unparalleled capacity to…

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Fighting for Cleaner, Cheaper Energy Through Distributed Generation
by Jerry Elmer

CLF is taking an active role in the newly-created Distributed Generation Forecast Working Group (DGFWG) of the Independent System Operator-New England (ISO-NE). The ISO-NE is the operator of the New England electricity grid.  You can read the background on CLF’s on-going work with ISO-NE. What is Distributed Generation? Distributed Generation (DG) is small, local, electricity-generation facilities; DG…

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Success Story: Decoupling Utilities in Rhode Island
by Jerry Elmer

This month Rhode Island’s dominant utility, National Grid, made its second-ever filing with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) under Rhode Island’s “revenue decoupling” statute. Grid’s filing clarifies matters in a debate that swirled around the environmental community in Rhode Island (and the rest of New England) for years but ought now to be resolved once…

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Open Letter to Chairwoman Sosnowski and Members of the Environment Committee
by Jerry Elmer

May 23, 2013 Dear Chairwoman Sosnowski and members of the Environment Committee: This e-mail follows yesterday evening’s hearing on S-901, the Governor’s Energy Reform Act of 2013, with its provision for purchasing large quantities of Canadian hydropower; and S-938, Chairwoman Sosnowski’s proposal for extending and enlarging Rhode Island’s landmark Distributed Generation Standard Contracts program. For…

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Up in Smoke: Incinerating Waste in RI a Threat to Economy, Environment
by Jerry Elmer

On Wednesday, March 20, 2013, I testified at the Rhode Island General Assembly, at a hearing of the Environment Committee, against Bill S-728, which would remove a long-standing statutory ban on the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) putting incineration into its long-range plan. At the hearing, a staff person from RIRRC testified that there…