January 19, 2017

Making Renewable Energy “Dispatchable”

by Jerry Elmer

One of the biggest criticisms of renewable energy is that it is not “dispatchable.” “Dispatchable” electricity generators are the most useful ones to operators of the electricity grid, because grid operators can turn them on and off as needed, and more accurately control their output of electricity to keep the overall grid safe and reliable.… Continue reading Making Renewable Energy “Dispatchable”

Wind power and clean energy
January 18, 2017

CLF Defeats Gas Pipeline Proposal in Rhode Island PUC

by Jerry Elmer

Late in the afternoon on Friday, January 13, just before the start of the long MLK holiday weekend, National Grid quietly filed a letter with the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC) asking the PUC to close Docket # 4627. This is the Docket that would have allowed National Grid to contract for a portion… Continue reading CLF Defeats Gas Pipeline Proposal in Rhode Island PUC

January 17, 2017

Been There, Stopped That: Survival Lessons for a Trump Presidency from Maine

by Sean Mahoney

As the country girds itself for the incoming Trump administration, we can draw lessons from the experience of Mainers under Governor Paul LePage, who remarked that, before Trump was Trump, LePage was LePage. The parallels to the Trump administration are notable. Like President-elect Trump, Governor LePage did not receive a majority of votes when he… Continue reading Been There, Stopped That: Survival Lessons for a Trump Presidency from Maine

January 12, 2017

Massachusetts Has A New Bill Promoting Electric Vehicles

by Megan Herzog

Last week, in the waning hours of the Massachusetts General Court’s informal legislative session, lawmakers passed a bill dedicated to promoting electric vehicles (or “EVs”).  S.2505, “An Act promoting zero emission vehicle adoption,” is a positive step forward toward a cleaner, electrified, more consumer-friendly transportation future. The bill is aimed at helping communities across the Commonwealth promote… Continue reading Massachusetts Has A New Bill Promoting Electric Vehicles

Photo: Electric car charging
January 12, 2017

The Top 5 Myths About Electric Vehicles, Debunked

by Megan Herzog

Are you unsure about whether an electric car is the right choice for you? You’re not alone. Shopping for a new car is hard enough even without taking the time to learn about a new option. Plus, there is a lot of confusing information out there about electric cars. What’s a responsible car shopper to do?… Continue reading The Top 5 Myths About Electric Vehicles, Debunked

Photo: Electric Car Charging Stations
January 11, 2017

Cashes Ledge: The Next Chapter for Protecting New England’s Ocean Treasures

by Priscilla Brooks

Soon, President Obama will close his eight years in office with a strong ocean legacy. He will be remembered for having protected more square miles of ocean than any president before. His administration created new marine sanctuaries, expanded Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, and of course, designated the first such monument in the Atlantic, the Northeast Canyons… Continue reading Cashes Ledge: The Next Chapter for Protecting New England’s Ocean Treasures

Cashes Ledge kelp forest
January 11, 2017

CLF Sues the Pease Development Authority to Clean Up Toxic Stormwater Pollution

by Jeff Barnum

CLF has filed a lawsuit against the redeveloper of the site of the Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for violating the Clean Water Act. Pollution from the site is fouling local waterways, including the Great Bay estuary, with numerous pollutants, including toxic chemicals of growing concern. From Air Force Base to a… Continue reading CLF Sues the Pease Development Authority to Clean Up Toxic Stormwater Pollution

Pease Development Authority
January 6, 2017

Maine Legal Food Hub Revs Up for Second Year

by Phelps Turner

The Maine Legal Food Hub, which provides pro bono legal assistance and training for farmers and food businesses, celebrates its second anniversary in 2017, kicking off the year with a presence, for the second year in a row, at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show January 10-12 in Augusta. On January 11 and 12, the CLF… Continue reading Maine Legal Food Hub Revs Up for Second Year