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Why “Ratepayer” is a Dirty Word
by Seth Kaplan

There is no such thing as a ratepayer. To folks in the energy business (particularly those involved in regulated electricity or natural gas utilities), this is an absurd statement. “Of course there are ratepayers. They are the people who buy electricity or gas from us, paying the rates that state and federal regulators have approved,”…

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The Time Has Come to Scale Up Energy Efficiency in New Hampshire
by Jeff Fromuth

Increasing energy efficiency is among the cheapest and cleanest ways to save on energy costs, reduce energy demand, and lower greenhouse gas emissions that intensify the effects of climate change. In the words of a recent report on New Hampshire’s energy efficiency potential, think of energy efficiency as “using less energy to provide the same…

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Green Affordable Housing in Vermont
by Sandy Levine

Putting the green in affordable housing may not be easy, but it is long overdue. For decades, manufactured homes have been an affordable home ownership option. Unfortunately, some manufactured homes are the equivalent of gas guzzlers. They burn through dollars and heating fuels like there’s no tomorrow. How affordable is a home when fuel bills…

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Building a Clean Energy Future: Transmission Is One Piece of the Puzzle
by Seth Kaplan

Dealing with the fundamental challenge of global warming and ending the direct and painful impact of fossil fuel-fired power plants on our communities and our families will mean systemic and systematic change to all aspects of our energy system – and doing that will mean employing a wide range of tools and strategies. A first…

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Maine PUC Approves Plan to Lower Power Bills with Increased Efficiency; Now it’s Legislature’s Turn
by Greg Cunningham

The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) took important steps this week to increase energy efficiency in the state and pass those savings along to Maine’s electric customers. On Tuesday, the PUC issued its final order unanimously approving the Efficiency Maine Trust’s Triennial Plan, the comprehensive document that outlines the strategies, programs, budgets and estimated savings…

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The Time is Right for Affordable Heat
by Sandy Levine

Vermont is poised to take a big bite out of the high cost and pollution of heating our homes and businesses. Slashing a full one-quarter of both lies within our reach. Over the past decade, the cost Vermonters pay for staying warm has more than doubled. This strains our pocketbooks, our environment, our health and…

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This Holiday, New Hampshire Will Buy a $128 Million Lump of Coal
by Christophe Courchesne

Today, the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission takes up PSNH’s request to charge its customers 9.54 cents per kilowatt hour for electric energy service in 2013. In a op-ed published this week, long-time CLF friends Ken Colburn and Rick Russman explain why New Hampshire’s crisis of escalating PSNH rates – and how New Hampshire policymakers…