Seth Kaplan

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Why “Ratepayer” is a Dirty Word
by Seth Kaplan

There is no such thing as a ratepayer. To folks in the energy business (particularly those involved in regulated electricity or natural gas utilities), this is an absurd statement. “Of course there are ratepayers. They are the people who buy electricity or gas from us, paying the rates that state and federal regulators have approved,”…

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CLF Files Freedom of Information Requests Seeking to Bring Transparency to the Regional Energy Strategy of the New England Governors
by Seth Kaplan

See the first set of documents we have received in response to our public records requests and our briefing of our findings, available here. Today (March 19, 2014) CLF filed Public Records requests with State Agencies across New England and with the New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE) that is acting on behalf of…

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A Danish Lesson for New England about the Power of Wind
by Seth Kaplan

There was a moment about ten years ago when the building of wind energy facilities, and in particular offshore wind farms, was just getting going in Europe and it appeared that the United States, and New England in particular, would not be far behind.  The Horns Rev project in Denmark was brand new and the…

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Sensible Thoughts About the Proposed Salem MA Gas-Fired Power Plant
by Seth Kaplan

The editorial page of the Boston Globe today weighed in on the natural gas-fired power plant that a New Jersey–based company (Footprint Power) is seeking to build in Salem, Massachusetts. The whole editorial is well worth reading – but the final three paragraphs are particularly striking: Footprint CEO Peter Furniss says the plant will start…

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Good News, Trouble Ahead and a Big “Aha Moment” . . .
by Seth Kaplan

ISO-NE (the operator of New England’s regional electricity system) just released in draft form the latest edition of the annual report presenting the air emissions (a nice word for pollution) from power plants that serve the region. If you are interested in providing feedback on it you have until January 17 to download it (PDF)…

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Building a Clean Energy Future: Transmission Is One Piece of the Puzzle
by Seth Kaplan

Dealing with the fundamental challenge of global warming and ending the direct and painful impact of fossil fuel-fired power plants on our communities and our families will mean systemic and systematic change to all aspects of our energy system – and doing that will mean employing a wide range of tools and strategies. A first…