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A Win for New England: Brayton Point Power Plant Shuts Down for Good
by Bethany Kwoka

Today, New England’s largest coal plant shut its doors. Brayton Point Station in Somerset, Massachusetts, shuttered production today after roughly 50 years of spewing air, water, and carbon pollution into the South Shore air and the Mt. Hope Bay. For years, Conservation Law Foundation and our allies worked tirelessly to close the outdated power plant.…

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ISO’s Ninth Forward Capacity Auction Good News For New England
by Jerry Elmer

On Monday, February 2, the ISO-New England conducted its ninth annual Forward Capacity Auction.  The purpose of the auction was to secure enough electricity supply to keep the lights on in New England in the future.  The outcome of the auction was very good news for New England because, unlike last year, the ISO’s auction…

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Holyoke’s Coal-Fired Mt. Tom Power Plant Announces Formal Shutdown Date
by Shanna Cleveland

Mt. Tom’s owners announced this summer that they would retire the 54-year-old coal plant, and yesterday, GDF Suez filed the official request with the electric system operator to retire this last Massachusetts coal-fired power plant by June 2018. This is great news for the residents who have breathed the pollution from Mt. Tom since it first…

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CLF Statement on Brayton Point Power Plant’s Notice of Intention to Shut Down by 2017
by Seth Kaplan

CLF Calls Plan Good News for Mass. and New England Communities and Environment, Underscores Need for Planning to Ensure Stable and Just Transition In response to the notice from the owners of the Brayton Point power plant to ISO New England announcing the company’s intentions of retiring all units of the Brayton Point coal- and…

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A Quest for Clean Air
by John Kassel

I’d like to introduce you to two CLF members who are making a difference for people and communities in New England. Tiffany Mellers is a working mom and Army reservist who lives in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in the shadow of Bridgeport Harbor Station, a coal- and oil-burning power plant that has been polluting that city for…

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Brayton Point Retirement Means Game Over for Coal in New England
by N. Jonathan Peress

Last week, Conservation Law Foundation and its allies cheered the news that New England’s largest coal plant, Brayton Point Station in Somerset, Massachusetts, will shut down by 2017. Brayton Point has loomed over Somerset and neighboring environmental justice communities on the South Shore for nearly 50 years, belching pollution into the air and destroying wildlife…

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Dark Days Ahead: The Financial Future of Brayton Point
by Shanna Cleveland

Just how much financial trouble is Dominion facing at its 50-year old coal and oil-fired power plant? The prospects are bleak and looking worse. For years, people have assumed that the largest coal-fired power plant in New England could weather any storm, but the numbers show that Brayton Point is facing dark days, and the…

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Storm Clouds Gather Over Brayton Point
by Caitlin Peale Sloan

Coal-fired power is dying, not only across the nation, but across New England as well.  The region’s coal-fired power plant fleet has started to succumb to the costs of operating a coal-fired dinosaur in the age of energy efficiency, growing renewable electricity generation, and–for now–low natural gas prices. Predominantly coal-fired Brayton Point Station in Somerset,…

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Salem Harbor Enforced Shutdown: The Beginning of the End for Old Coal in New England
by N. Jonathan Peress

This week the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and HealthLink secured an Order from the US District Court in Massachusetts requiring Salem Harbor power plant owner Dominion to shut down all four units at the 60-year-old coal-fired power plant by 2014. In bringing a clear end to the prolonged decline of Salem Harbor Station, this settlement ushers in a new era of clean air, clean water and clean energy for the community of Salem, MA, and for New England as a whole.