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The Next Opportunity for Growing Renewable Energy in New England: Going Big by Going Regional
by Seth Kaplan

The story of renewable energy development in the United States has included many important moments in which the states have provided leadership – most notably through fostering the shaping and building of new markets for renewable energy markets through programs like Renewable Energy Standards (also known “Renewable Portfolio Standards”).  These efforts have been of great…

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Letter to Young Environmentalists: Be Aggressive, Be Prepared For Change
by John Kassel

Last week I stood in front of a group of young, energetic and extremely well qualified people and welcomed them as CLF’s 2012 summer interns – an act being repeated thousands of times around the country this summer. As I looked across the room at this highly talented group of young people, two thoughts occurred to me: among them are our future leaders, and our movement – the environmental movement – will be very different when they are standing in my position, welcoming interns to their organizations in the years ahead.

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Pushing Forward to Build a Clean Energy Future
by Seth Kaplan

Recently the Governor of Massachusetts gave a very inspiring speech describing both the affirmative steps that have been taken to address the challenge of building a thriving and clean economy in the Bay State and the challenges that still lie ahead. The occasion was an event organized by the New England Clean Energy Council and…

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The Writing Is on the Wall for Coal. Will New Hampshire Notice?
by Christophe Courchesne

We are in the midst of a massive, historic retreat in the nation’s use of coal to produce electricity, which began in 2008. This ongoing shift away from our dirtiest fuel has made news around the country. The primary reason: coal-fired power plants – expensive new facilities and decades-old dinosaurs alike – can’t compete in today’s marketplace.…

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Vermont’s Clean Energy Shortfall
by Diana Chace

The end of any legislative session is tumultuous. Vermont’s citizen legislature, that meets part-time only a few months each year, is no different. In this year’s end-of-session tumult, progress on clean energy was left on the cutting room floor. This is a big disappointment. The same legislature that made skiing and snowboarding Vermont’s official winter…

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OpEd: Save Great Bay Before It’s Too Late
by Peter Wellenberger

The Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper, along with the Coastal Conservation Association of NH, Great Bay Trout Unlimited and the NH Coastal Protection Partnership, coauthored the following editorial to The Portsmouth Herald. A copy of this OpEd was originally published in The Portsmouth Herald. You can find a copy of it online here. April 13 — To…

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Join CLF Next Friday March 9 for a Special Webinar on Importing Canadian Hydropower
by Christophe Courchesne

With Northern Pass and other new transmission projects on the horizon, CLF and other leading New Hampshire environmental organizations are presenting a special free webinar on what it really means for New England to import more hydroelectric power from Canada. The webinar will be next Friday, March 9, 2012, 2:30 to 4pm EST. Click here to register. All you’ll need is a computer and an…

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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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How Much Energy Does Your Building Use?
by Jeff Aslan

When shopping for a new car, it helps to know its fuel economy and how that stacks up with other models. What if you could have the same information when buying a new home? The Vermont Legislature is currently considering two bills, H-497 & S-143, which require sellers of buildings to provide information about a…

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It’s Time to Stop Subsidizing PSNH’s Dirty Power
by Christophe Courchesne

In a public hearing tomorrow, a legislative committee of the New Hampshire House will take up a proposal – House Bill 1238 – to force Public Service of New Hampshire’s dirty, costly power plants to confront the realities of the electric marketplace. The bill would require PSNH to sell (“divest”) its plants by the end…