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Stand Up for Cape Wind at MA DPU Public Hearings
by Sue Reid

Starting tonight, public hearings will be held around the state on the Cape Wind / NSTAR long-term power purchase agreement. These hearings provide a key opportunity for people to attend and voice their support for this critically important and long-overdue clean energy project. Note that these hearings are not an opportunity for resurrecting a tired old debate regarding whether or not Cape Wind should be…

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Boston Globe Columnist on the NU/NStar Settlement and Hydroelectric Power from Quebec
by Seth Kaplan

CLF’s take on the agreement, grows out of our deep involvement in the merger proceeding, and our engagement of many issues that are addressed in the settlement including the Cape Wind project and the questions about the net environmental impact of large hydroelectric power, including the study that Syre discusses, and a related analysis that highlights the existential threat to New England-based renewable power from designating large hydropower as eligible for financial incentives under our renewable energy laws.

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NU NStar Merger Agreement: Game Changer For MA Clean Energy Benefits
by Sue Reid

Today, the Patrick Administration reached a breakthrough settlement agreement in the proposed merger between NStar and Northeast Utilities, which, if approved, will create one of the country’s largest public utilities. The agreement is a big win for renewable energy, as it positions Massachusetts to finally unleash the power of Cape Wind, our region’s most promising…

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Court on Cape Wind: MA DPU Was Right – Cape Wind’s Costs are Reasonable, Massachusetts Ratepayers Will Benefit
by Sue Reid

The Cape Wind offshore wind project moved one big step closer to construction yesterday when the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) affirmed the MA Department of Public Utilities’ (DPU’s) finding that the project’s costs are reasonable in light of the many benefits it will bring. Massachusetts’s highest court upheld the November 2010 decision of the…

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What are Friends For?
by Sue Reid

When three leading environmental organizations seek to get involved in a federal court case about a proposed development project, it’s not usually on the side of the developer. But, this week, CLF, NRDC and Mass Audubon filed a motion to participate as “Friends of the Court” in support of the defendants in five pending federal…

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Cape Wind on the Radio, Listen and call in tonight (11/23/2010)
by Seth Kaplan

Tonight on WBZ radio’s “Nightside with Dan Rea” starting at 9 pm CLF’s Sue Reid will debate Audra Parker, Executive Director of the anti-Cape Wind “Alliance for the Protection of Nantucket Sound.”  The show will run until at least 10 PM and could go longer.  Tune in to AM 1030 or listen live online and…

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Cape Wind Gathers Steam
by Sue Reid

Yesterday’s decision by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to approve a 15-year contract for the sale of half of Cape Wind’s power to National Grid removed yet another major hurdle for the nation’s first offshore wind farm and confirmed what CLF and other project supporters have long known to be true: Cape Wind…

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Portal to Offshore Wind Power: New Bedford named staging port for Cape Wind
by Sue Reid

At an event Wednesday afternoon in New Bedford, Governor Patrick, Congressman Frank, Mayor Lang, Secretary Bowles, Senator Montigny, DOER Commissioner Phil Giudice and a host of other local, state and federal officials together announced that New Bedford’s South Terminal will be developed as a deepwater port to serve the Cape Wind project and other offshore…