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Time to Make Good on Global Warming Solutions Act
by Shanna Cleveland

In 2008, the Massachusetts legislature unanimously passed the strongest climate change mandates in the nation, and Governor Patrick signed it into law. One of the key pieces of that law, the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) was a direct command to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to put regulations in place that would establish…

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3 Things No One is Telling You About Rising Energy Costs
by Shanna Cleveland

Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s first White House chief of staff, was once quoted as saying “You never want to let a serious crisis go to waste,” referring to the opportunities to pass sweeping bills in the wake of the 2008 financial meltdown. Over the past weeks, we’ve seen that sentiment put into practice by some…

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Holyoke’s Coal-Fired Mt. Tom Power Plant Announces Formal Shutdown Date
by Shanna Cleveland

Mt. Tom’s owners announced this summer that they would retire the 54-year-old coal plant, and yesterday, GDF Suez filed the official request with the electric system operator to retire this last Massachusetts coal-fired power plant by June 2018. This is great news for the residents who have breathed the pollution from Mt. Tom since it first…

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Breaking News: NESCOE Suspends Votes on Tariff Proposals
by Shanna Cleveland

The New England States Committee on Electricity (“NESCOE”), an entity created to carry out the policy directives of the New England governors, had been hurtling down the track towards forcing electric customers to pay for a massive, new natural gas pipeline as well as new transmission projects to import large-scale Canadian hydropower. This morning at…

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4 Things You Should Know About CLF’s work on Natural Gas
by Shanna Cleveland

As I write this, CLF President John Kassel and I have just left the White House. We were there as part of a small group of environmental leaders, industry and union heads, regulators, and policy makers invited to participate in a special White House roundtable on reducing methane emissions – a potent greenhouse gas with…

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A Fix for Natural Gas Leaks: Contact Your State Senator
by Shanna Cleveland

Literally thousands of natural gas leaks, invisible to the naked eye, are releasing methane across Massachusetts right now. That’s right, Massachusetts, home of innovation and the clean tech economy is also home to some of the oldest natural gas pipelines in the country. Even the State House sits atop some pipelines from the 1800s. The…

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Reading Your Street: What You Can Learn About Natural Gas Infrastructure
by Shanna Cleveland

You’ve heard of the writing on the wall, but what is all that writing on the sidewalk and the street? You’ve seen it—yellow, orange, blue, red and white. Some of it is pretty easy to decipher like “DS” for “Dig Safe” or “STM” for “steam” but some of the drawings look more like ancient hieroglyphics.…

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Into Thin Air: Time to Replace and Repair Leaking Natural Gas Pipelines
by Shanna Cleveland

Massachusetts Senator Markey is again leading the way at the national level to bring attention to an issue that has long been ignored–methane leaks from natural gas pipelines. A report prepared for Senator Markey was released today that should focus national attention on the need to address aging and leaking natural gas pipelines. The report…