Coal-Free New England 2020

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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.”

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Senate Energy Bill Sets Right Course for Commonwealth’s Future

“Today’s bill answers the call of millions throughout Massachusetts demanding a viable path toward a clean energy future,” said CLF attorney Caitlin Peale Sloan. “Ensuring the health of our communities and environment tomorrow requires bold action on climate change today, and this bill is undoubtedly the strongest we’ve seen from this legislature. While it falls short of addressing rampant gas leaks in the system or public subsidies for fossil fuel pipelines, it brings us significantly closer to the energy solutions necessary to move our state and our region forward.”

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U.S. Supreme Court Decision Will Not Harm Renewable Energy
by Jerry Elmer

On April 19, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Hughes v. PPL, No. 14-614. The case addressed the kinds of incentives that states are allowed (or not allowed) to provide for certain kinds of energy production. For this reason, some environmentalists were concerned that the decision could affect the legality of Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS)…

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Coal-Free 2020

With tenacious legal and policy advocacy, CLF has challenged coal plants across New England for violating environmental regulations and harming public health.