Energy Efficiency

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CLF Fights for Cheaper Energy Bills at Maine Supreme Court

“If you could pay a lot less for the same product, why wouldn’t you? That’s what energy efficiency is about – lowering our electric bills without turning out the lights,” said Emily Green. “The PUC’s decision to underfund this critical program defies all economic sense, environmental sense and common sense. Thanks to three LePage-appointed commissioners, Mainers will be throwing away a quarter of a billion dollars.”

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With Rick Perry at the Helm, U.S. Energy Future Under Threat

“With the Senate’s approval, Rick Perry today joins a long list of cabinet members unabashedly hostile to the missions of their agencies, resistant to the laws Congress has charged them with administering, and unwilling to allow science to guide their decisions,” said CLF President Bradley Campbell. “This is more reckless than extreme partisanship and more dangerous than overblown rhetoric. It puts every American on notice that the rule of law is in peril.”

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CLF Takes on LePage in Maine’s Highest Court
by Sean Mahoney

“Using less energy saves families and businesses money.” This truism guides the mission of Efficiency Maine Trust, a state-funded entity designed to provide low-risk, high-reward energy efficiency resources to families and businesses in the state. Saving money is usually something everyone can agree on, and yet Governor LePage and his appointees on the Public Utilities…

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Gas Leaks Ordinance a Win-Win for Environment and Economy

“Every second, thousands of natural gas leaks, invisible to the naked eye, are polluting the air and endangering the health of communities throughout Massachusetts,” said CLF advocate Megan Herzog. “And to add insult to injury, the cost of that lost gas is passed on to consumers, with businesses and families footing the bill for leaky infrastructure. By prioritizing repairs on already-opened roads and promoting greater information transparency, this ordinance takes a meaningful step toward ensuring we can address the serious problem of gas leaks in a safe, logical, and economically beneficial way.”

Conservation Matters Articles
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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Turning The Tide on Dirty Energy: MA Supreme Judicial Court Weighs In
by David Ismay

For the second time this summer, the highest court in the Commonwealth has ruled unanimously and unambiguously in CLF’s favor, confirming that it is illegal for the Baker administration to force businesses and families to subsidize the construction of private gas pipelines via a tax on our monthly electric bills. The court’s wise decision—together with…

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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.”