Energy Efficiency

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Going Low-Carb
by Laurie O'Reilly

Transforming New England’s Energy System New England’s coal-fired power plants were at their peak when CLF opened its doors 50 years ago. The majority of the region’s coal fleet came online in the post-war boom years of the1950s and 1960s and they would go on to dominate our region’s electricity mix for decades. Today, however,…

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Trump to Put Noted Climate Denier at Helm of EPA

“President-elect Trump’s intention to nominate climate denier and leading clean energy opponent Scott Pruitt to lead EPA mocks the states, businesses, and innovators who have led the transition away from fossil fuel dependency, and mocks the many leaders in his own party who understand the perils and opportunities climate change presents,” said CLF President Bradley Campbell. “But we’ve had to take on EPA before, and today’s announcement only strengthens our resolve to protect the health and safety of New Englanders. We stand ready to vigorously defend and enforce critical protections and safeguards like the Clean Water Act from any attempt to turn back the clock on environmental protection.”

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New Hampshire Approves Groundbreaking Energy Efficiency Plan

“Thanks to today’s decision, businesses and families throughout New Hampshire can look forward to lower gas and electric bills, cleaner air, and an energy platform that prioritizes people over profits,” said CLF attorney Melissa Birchard. “A clean energy future for our state isn’t just a hypothetical idea or talking point; it’s a foreseeable reality brought closer into view by decisions like the one the PUC made today. While we still have a long way to go in catching up to some of our New England neighbors, it’s encouraging to see our community leaders coming together to put us on the right path forward.”

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CLF Takes on Maine Public Utilities Commission in Highest Court

“From saddling Mainers with a one billion dollar bill for a wasteful gas pipeline to approving this unlawful plan, the Public Utilities Commission has failed Mainers time and time again,” said Ben Tettlebaum, Staff Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation. “It’s the PUC’s duty to work for the best interests of the people of Maine, not the self-interest of Governor LePage.”

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Kicking the Fossil Fuel Habit
by Sandy Levine

Bad or unhealthy habits are tough to break. And they are even harder to break when options to replace them seem beyond our reach, or just plain impractical. This is as true with fossil fuels as it is with sugar or cigarettes, or too much screen time. And, unfortunately, there are those who benefit from…

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Renewable Power Push Threatens Last Two New England Reactors

… “This legislation has the potential to not just forestall, but avoid the increase in carbon resources,” Greg Cunningham, director of clean energy and climate change for the Conservation Law Foundation, said in an interview. “It really could be transformational, not just for Massachusetts but for the region itself.” Read more here…

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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 Debate Could Get Heated

… The issue of whether electric ratepayers can be assessed to finance natural gas infrastructure is currently before the Supreme Judicial Court. The Conservation Law Foundation argues existing law doesn’t allow it, while the Baker administration’s Department of Public Utilities says the law does. Read more here…

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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.”