Climate Change

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Using Batteries to Power Your Home and Fight Climate Change
by Melissa Birchard

New England is getting more and more of its power from local clean energy sources like rooftop solar and wind. Not only does this lower our climate-damaging emissions, it’s also spurring innovation as groups in both the public and private sector work creatively to take control of our energy future. Among these new, exciting innovations…

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The News about Our Climate Isn’t Good – But the Fight is Far from Over
by Bradley Campbell

Heat waves and flooding are putting New England’s people, environment, and economy at risk. Aging infrastructure is increasingly stressed from sea level rise and bigger storms. Our farmers face challenges from shifting growing seasons. Atlantic cod – already dwindling  – will disappear and lobster will move out of reach of New England fishermen as waters warm.…

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Maine Suspends Fee on Medium and Large Solar Customers

“It is senseless to punish solar panel owners for generating their own electricity, and today’s ruling finally recognizes that fact,” said Emily Green, Staff Attorney at CLF. “This regressive policy burdened businesses with unnecessary fees and thwarted efforts to expand solar energy in Maine. Clean, job-creating solar will help end our addiction to dirty fossil fuels and we must do more to encourage it, including eliminating this senseless fee for homes and small businesses next.

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People’s Guide to the Public Waterfront Act

The Massachusetts Public Waterfront Act gives you the right to speak up, be heard, and shape the future of our waterfront interests. Specifically, the law creates a process that ensures members of the public can testify at a hearing on certain proposed waterfront projects or submit comments and concerns in writing. This guide will help…

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New Hampshire Pilots Residential Battery Storage Program

“This program will provide a much-needed reduction in our use of the electric grid when prices and pollution are at their highest levels,” said Melissa Birchard, Senior Attorney at CLF. “Storing energy inside New Hampshire homes will allow families to keep their lights on when storms inevitably hit, and will save money on electricity bills. This is a win-win that encourages the installation of rooftop solar in the state and reduces the need for costly transmission infrastructure. The agreement should be approved by the Public Utilities Commission.”

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Video: What Do the Midterms Mean for New Englanders?

The day after the election, CLF President Brad Campbell joined Staff Attorney Emily Green and special guest Jamie Hoyte – former Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs and currently Senior Advisor with Tremont Strategies Group – to talk through what the election results mean for New Englanders.