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Fresh Air Ahead: Transition to Clean Energy Supplies
by Sandy Levine

It is welcome news that the New England Governors are stepping away from a high-risk gamble with clean air and electric customers’ money. Shrouded in secrecy, the New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE) undertook efforts that were poised to tax electric customers – including customers in Vermont – to pay for bringing massive new…

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Breaking News: NESCOE Suspends Votes on Tariff Proposals
by Shanna Cleveland

The New England States Committee on Electricity (“NESCOE”), an entity created to carry out the policy directives of the New England governors, had been hurtling down the track towards forcing electric customers to pay for a massive, new natural gas pipeline as well as new transmission projects to import large-scale Canadian hydropower. This morning at…

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You’re Fired! – I Quit!
by Sandy Levine

The owners of the troubled Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant chose to “quit” before they were “fired.” The recent regulatory decision by the Vermont Public Service Board highlights the long and troubled history that led most Vermonters to completely lose faith in the owner’s ability to responsibly manage the plant. In stark terms the Board…

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Fighting for Cleaner, Cheaper Energy Through Distributed Generation
by Jerry Elmer

CLF is taking an active role in the newly-created Distributed Generation Forecast Working Group (DGFWG) of the Independent System Operator-New England (ISO-NE). The ISO-NE is the operator of the New England electricity grid.  You can read the background on CLF’s on-going work with ISO-NE. What is Distributed Generation? Distributed Generation (DG) is small, local, electricity-generation facilities; DG…

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Reading Your Street: What You Can Learn About Natural Gas Infrastructure
by Shanna Cleveland

You’ve heard of the writing on the wall, but what is all that writing on the sidewalk and the street? You’ve seen it—yellow, orange, blue, red and white. Some of it is pretty easy to decipher like “DS” for “Dig Safe” or “STM” for “steam” but some of the drawings look more like ancient hieroglyphics.…

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“No supportable basis for optimism” and “ever higher costs”: PUC Staff calls out PSNH’s failed business model
by Caitlin Peale Sloan

This past Friday, staff from the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission and The Liberty Consulting Group issued the results of their investigation (PDF) into the impacts of PSNH’s failing business model and “ever higher costs” to consumers. The Union Leader and NHPR were quick to quote the report’s damning conclusion: In summary, the situation looks…

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Boston Green Mayoral Forum
by Shanice Wallace

Shanice Wallace is a Posse Scholar working at CLF as a summer intern.  As more people are aware and involved in addressing environmental issues, the fight for a greener Boston becomes a shared Bostonian concern. Mayor Menino soon will be leaving Boston after 20 years. More than my entire lifetime!  During that time, he has…

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Vermont Gas Pipeline: A Bridge to Nowhere?
by Sandy Levine

It is important to build bridges, but we need to make sure they get us where we need to go. The proposed expansion of the Vermont Gas pipeline may be more a minefield than a bridge, as one recent Vermont weekly  and one recent national energy blog reported. The project will cut through valuable wetlands…

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Vermont Supreme Court Reviews Vermont Yankee
by Sandy Levine

Can the Vermont Public Service Board determine the meaning of its own orders? The answer would seem to be “Of Course!” But that is the question that Vermont Yankee’s owners are putting before the Vermont Supreme Court. In two orders the Vermont Public Service Board issued a strong rebuke to Entergy. The Board refused to…