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Massachusetts Environmental Justice Act Moves Forward
by Amy Laura Cahn

On a Thursday night in late November of last year, residents from Chelsea and East Boston came out in force for a meeting of Massachusetts’s Energy Facility Siting Board. At issue: a proposal by Eversource, the state’s largest utility company, to build and operate two new 115-kilovolt underground electric transmission lines and an above-ground substation…

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Join Us in Opposing Trump Administration’s Oil and Gas Drilling Plans
by Amanda Yanchury

[Update: Public meetings postponed due to the federal government shutdown have been rescheduled. The New England dates are as follows: Feb. 13 – Hartford, CT; Feb. 27 – Boston, MA; Feb. 28 – Providence, RI; March 5 – Concord, NH; March 7 – Augusta, ME. Sign up to attend a meeting near you here. There are also coordinated opposition events concurrent…

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Congressional Tax Bill a Direct Attack on Environment and Economy
by Josh Block

A country’s tax policy is about a lot more than expenses and revenues. It’s a value statement about who we are as a nation. And as both houses of Congress go through the process of reconciling their tax bills, the statement being made is disturbingly clear. This bill says we value dirty, outdated fossil fuels…

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Vermont Gas Pipeline Forum This Wednesday
by Sandy Levine

The new folks in town want to hear what you think about the Vermont Gas Pipeline. WHAT:           Public Forum to Discuss Vermont Gas Pipeline Project WHEN:          Wednesday, February 22 TIME:            5:30 – 8:30pm WHERE:       Montpelier High School, 5 High School Dr, Montpelier, VT…

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CLF Takes on LePage in Maine’s Highest Court
by Sean Mahoney

“Using less energy saves families and businesses money.” This truism guides the mission of Efficiency Maine Trust, a state-funded entity designed to provide low-risk, high-reward energy efficiency resources to families and businesses in the state. Saving money is usually something everyone can agree on, and yet Governor LePage and his appointees on the Public Utilities…

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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.…

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A Solid Path Forward – Renewable Energy In Vermont
by Sandy Levine

Setting big goals and standards for cutting greenhouse gases or increasing renewable energy is one thing. Putting in place the nuts and bolts to actually make it happen is another. A recent Vermont Public Service Board order implements the renewable energy standard that was put in place by legislation (Act 56) in 2015. The order…

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Community Voices: A Message to ExxonMobil

Roseann Bongiovanni is a lifelong Chelsea resident who has led significant environmental justice campaigns for more than 21 years. She is the Executive Director of GreenRoots, Inc., an organization dedicated to achieving environmental and climate justice for Chelsea. Growing up in Chelsea and neighboring Everett, many in our community, myself included, never realized we were…

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More Nails in the Coffin for Spectra’s Pipeline Expansion Project?
by Melissa Birchard

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently issued a pair of decisions that underscores the dimming prospects for Spectra’s once-dreamed-of pipeline expansion to bring more fracked gas north over a pipeline dubbed “Access Northeast.” In one decision, the federal agency rejected a request by Spectra subsidiary Algonquin to waive market rules designed to cut down…