Energy Efficiency

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Climate-Damaging Emissions are Down in Massachusetts, but Getting to 2050 Will Take Much More
by David Ismay

Last week Massachusetts finalized and released the state’s latest inventory of its statewide emissions of climate-damaging greenhouse gases (GHGs). The final numbers indicate that in 2014, the Commonwealth released the equivalent of 74.6 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which is a slight improvement over 2013. That’s good news and is far better than the increase in climate-damaging emissions we saw the year before. But a single year of slightly lower emissions isn’t good enough.

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CLF Brings Public Utilities Commission to Maine Supreme Court for Underfunding Energy Efficiency
by Emily Green

CLF took the Maine Public Utilities Commission to court today for underfunding the state’s three-year energy efficiency budget by $30 million – resulting in losses of $270 million dollars for Maine citizens and businesses. You read that right – shortchanging energy efficiency translates to lost benefits totaling hundreds of millions of dollars for hardworking Mainers.

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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…