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Press Releases
Connecticut Deals Another Body Blow to Gas Pipeline Proposal

“With yet another state abandoning proposals for more natural gas pipeline capacity, these efforts to expand fossil fuel infrastructure in New England have hit a virtually unsurpassable roadblock,” said CLF president Bradley Campbell. “Without Massachusetts, New Hampshire or Connecticut in the mix, Spectra has lost a whopping 84 percent of the customer base needed to finance this ill-conceived proposal. It’s time to kill this project altogether and look forward to opportunities for the clean, renewable alternatives that our families demand, our markets expect and our laws require.”

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Burrillville Power Plant Application Suspended

“Invenergy’s proposal to build a costly plant that will burn dangerous fossil fuels continues to hit one road block after another, and for good reason: the facts are stacked against them,” said CLF senior attorney Jerry Elmer. “The legal deadline for Invenergy to submit a complete application has long passed, yet crucial elements concerning the plant’s ecological and environmental impacts remain missing. Merely suspending the docket at this point falls one step short – it’s time for the Board to close the docket once and for all.”

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New Hampshire Pulls Plug on Risky Pipeline Scheme

“One report after another continues to conclude that building more natural gas infrastructure is a bad deal for our economy and our environment, and doing so on the backs of hardworking businesses and families just adds insult to injury,” said Tom Irwin, Director of CLF New Hampshire. “Today, the PUC recognized the irresponsibility and illegality of such a scheme by plainly rejecting this proposal. This important decision is another nail in the coffin for a risky pipeline that we don’t need, we don’t want, and we can’t afford.”

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Regulators hear the latest battle over Vt. Gas pipeline

Inside the auditorium, the crowd heard arguments on a 2-year-old petition by the Conservation Law Foundation. It argues the Certificate of Public Good allowing the Vermont Gas Pipeline needs to be changed because of changes since the project was first approved, like shifts in the energy market and project overruns that have nearly doubled the…

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Maine Approves Scheme Allowing Big Gas to Gamble Public’s Money

“Today, the fossil fuel industry hoodwinked the PUC into gambling one billion dollars of Mainers’ hard-earned money on a massive new gas pipeline,” said CLF attorney Ben Tettlebaum. “From Day One, this LePage-appointed commission has been desperate to find any way to justify overwhelming concessions for Big Gas, no matter the cost. From helping kill the solar bill, to reopening wind contracts, to squashing energy efficiency programs and more, these commissioners have exhibited a troubling pattern of failed leadership, regressive policies and unlawful behavior, and today’s decision is no exception.”

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Video: Historic Decision Could Mean the End of Coal in New Hampshire
by Tom Irwin

The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission recently reached an historic settlement that requires Eversource to sell all of its power plants in the state. This will force its old and inefficient coal-fired plants – including Merrimack Station in Bow – to compete on an open market against more economically and environmentally friendly sources of energy, like solar and wind. CLF…

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Eversource Deal Signals End To Coal Power In NH

… Merrimack Station and Schiller Station have long been the target of environmental groups, including the Conservation Law Foundation, which has consistently listed the plants among the so-called “Dirty Dozen” of New England polluters. “Merrimack Station and Schiller Station power plants earn the award for the millions of pounds of toxic air pollution and greenhouse…

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New Hampshire Deal Ends Public Subsidies for Coal-Fired Power Plants

“For too long, families and businesses in New Hampshire have been asked to prop up inefficient coal and oil plants despite market forces rapidly propelling us toward a clean energy future,” said Tom Irwin, Director of CLF’s New Hampshire Advocacy Center. “When the dirty fuels of yesterday are put into competition with the renewable alternatives of tomorrow, it’s a win-win for our economy and our environment. While there’s still a long way to go, today we took a big step down the path toward achieving a clean energy economy for New Hampshire.”