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What Rick Perry’s Grid Reliability Study Means for New England
by Bethany Kwoka

In April, Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry ordered a study on the reliability of our electric grid. This should be good news. The infrastructure of transmission lines, substations, and local delivery wires that make up the electricity grid is old and needs to be updated. But it was clear from the language of the…

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Fighting Big Gas
by Bethany Kwoka

Jason and Erin Olkowski never saw themselves as activists and community organizers. But that all changed when Invenergy came to their small Rhode Island town, with its plans to build a massive new natural gas plant next door to family homes and within a pristine conservation area.

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Conservation Matters: Summer 2017 Year in Review

Fighting Big Gas How One Community’s Fight Could Shape the Future of New England Restoring Lake Champlain Reasons for Hope after Decades of Degradation Local Food 2.0 Training a New Generation of Farmers in Western Massachusetts Whale Watch Saving North Atlantic Right Whales from Extinction Measuring Community Health A New Research Model Puts the Community…

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Invenergy Natural Gas Power Plant Postponement Is Good News
by Jerry Elmer

Since an article appeared in the Providence Journal on July 11 saying that the proposed start-up date of the Invenergy plant has been postponed, I have heard from many CLF supporters asking questions about the delay and what it means. Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions. What exactly was reported in the…

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Another Win for New England: Moving Beyond the Access Northeast Pipeline
by Greg Cunningham

At the end of June, Eversource and National Grid — two of New England’s biggest utilities — along with pipeline operator Enbridge, withdrew plans for a $3.2 billion natural gas pipeline known as Access Northeast. The companies have been pushing for this dirty fossil fuel pipeline for years, and wanted New England families and businesses…

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Q&A on CLF’s Superior Court Win in the Invenergy Case
by Jerry Elmer

Since the Rhode Island Superior Court denied Invenergy’s motion to dismiss CLF’s lawsuit against the company, I have received lots of questions from CLF supporters asking questions about the ruling and what it means. Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions. Does the Judge’s ruling on June 20 mean that CLF won the…

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CLF Victory in Superior Court Case on Invenergy
by Jerry Elmer

On June 20, 2017, a Rhode Island Superior Court judge denied Invenergy’s Motion to Dismiss CLF’s lawsuit against the company. CLF’s Superior Court lawsuit asserts that the water contract between Invenergy and the Town of Johnston to supply water to Invenergy’s proposed power plant is illegal. This Superior Court case pertains to Invenergy, but is separate from…

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CLF Thwarts Invenergy’s Attempt to Derail Lawsuit

“When a fossil fuel company tries to take Providence’s water in order to power a plant we overwhelmingly oppose, we have a right to stand up and fight,” said CLF senior attorney Jerry Elmer. “Today, the courts affirmed that right. Rhode Island is poised to be a leader in clean, renewable energy, and we cannot turn back the clocks by doubling down on dirty fuels that are already on their way out.”

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RI Judge Hears Arguments On Motion To Dismiss Lawsuit Against Invenergy, Johnston

… The Conservation Law Foundation, an environmental advocacy organization, filed a lawsuit in March claiming a water contract between the Town of Johnston and Invenergy, the power plant’s developer, is illegal. The contract says Johnston will buy water from Providence and resell it to Invenergy to cool the power plant. CLF is arguing that according to a…