Energy Efficiency

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New England’s Big Pipeline Myth
by Greg Cunningham

For three years now, Big Gas has been spinning tall tales aimed at scaring you and me – and especially our local politicans – into locking in our addiction to dirty, polluting natural gas for decades to come. But their hype ignores the facts and the very real progress made over the past few years to avoid price spikes, keep the lights on, and tamp down our emissions of climate-damaging pollution.

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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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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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Going Low-Carb
by Laurie O'Reilly

Transforming New England’s Energy System New England’s coal-fired power plants were at their peak when CLF opened its doors 50 years ago. The majority of the region’s coal fleet came online in the post-war boom years of the1950s and 1960s and they would go on to dominate our region’s electricity mix for decades. Today, however,…

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Clean Power Plan Gets Its Day in Court
by Megan Herzog

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is hearing oral arguments in a monumental climate change case. At issue is the Clean Power Plan, the most ambitious action ever taken by the federal government to control carbon emissions and tackle global climate change. The Clean Power Plan outlines the first-ever…

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Settlement with Electric Utilities Could Deliver More Energy Efficiency to New Hampshire
by Melissa Birchard

UPDATE: The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission approved a settlement establishing the state’s first numerical energy efficiency standard on August 2, 2016. Thanks to this decision, families and businesses across New Hampshire can look forward to lower energy bills and cleaner air. You can read more about the settlement below. A groundbreaking deal has been…

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CLF Takes on Maine Public Utilities Commission in Highest Court

“From saddling Mainers with a one billion dollar bill for a wasteful gas pipeline to approving this unlawful plan, the Public Utilities Commission has failed Mainers time and time again,” said Ben Tettlebaum, Staff Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation. “It’s the PUC’s duty to work for the best interests of the people of Maine, not the self-interest of Governor LePage.”

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Senate Energy Debate Could Get Heated

… The issue of whether electric ratepayers can be assessed to finance natural gas infrastructure is currently before the Supreme Judicial Court. The Conservation Law Foundation argues existing law doesn’t allow it, while the Baker administration’s Department of Public Utilities says the law does. Read more here…

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Energy Efficiency: Back on the Chopping Block
by Ben Tettlebaum

One year ago, CLF was fighting to ensure Maine’s energy savings champion – Efficiency Maine Trust – could receive the funding needed to reduce your electricity bill, create clean-energy-sector jobs, strengthen the economy, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. CLF and our allies won that battle. But the war is not over. This year, the fight turned to whether Efficiency…