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3 Things No One is Telling You About Rising Energy Costs
by Shanna Cleveland

Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s first White House chief of staff, was once quoted as saying “You never want to let a serious crisis go to waste,” referring to the opportunities to pass sweeping bills in the wake of the 2008 financial meltdown. Over the past weeks, we’ve seen that sentiment put into practice by some…

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Global Warming Conference – Saturday March 16 – Montpelier, VT
by Sandy Levine

Senator Bernie Sanders is hosting a Global Warming Conference – What does it mean for Vermont?  — on Saturday March 16 from 10am to 4pm at Montpelier High School in Montpelier Vermont. Bill McKibben will be the Keynote Speaker and Senator Sanders will be joined by Vermont and national leaders for workshops and discussions about climate…

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Familiar Cautionary Tale Unfolding at Mt. Tom
by Shanna Cleveland

A familiar story appears to be unfolding at the Mt. Tom coal plant in Holyoke, Massachusetts. According to recently released documents, the owner submitted what is known as a Dynamic Delist Bid with ISO New England (ISO-NE), the operator of the New England electricity system and markets, and ISO-NE accepted the bid. This means that…

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How New Hampshire Can Stay Above Water with PSNH’s Dirty Coal Plants Sinking Fast
by Christophe Courchesne

Earlier this week, the Concord Monitor published a must-read editorial addressing PSNH’s future. Much like an earlier widely-printed op-ed on the subject, the editorial correctly describes the PSNH death spiral of escalating costs, fleeing customers, and dirty inefficient power plants kept alive by massive ratepayer subsidies. The editorial also points out one key reason why…

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Super Bowl Outage and Vermont Yankee
by Sandy Levine

Keeping the lights on shouldn’t be this difficult. The response by Entergy to the outage at the Super Bowl is very reminiscent of the responses by Entergy to the many problems at its Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. It boils down to a piece of equipment failed and the power went out. A repeated problem at…

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Vermont Yankee – Worth More Dead than Alive
by Sandy Levine

The financial world is waking up to what a drag Vermont Yankee really is. The tired, old and leaking nuclear plant in Vermont is not carrying its weight. Financial analysts report that Vermont Yankee is economically vulnerable and a retirement announcement would boost stock prices for its parent, Entergy. You can read the UBS Investment…

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Everything You Know Is Wrong: Growing the Economy Without Growing Electricity (and Energy) Demand
by Seth Kaplan

Back in the 1970’s the satirical and surreal Firesign Theater proclaimed that “Everything You Know is Wrong.” At the intersection of energy and economics, that absurdist assertion is a increasingly obvious reality that advocates, policy makers and industry must embrace. Throughout history, there are moments when prior assumptions and core beliefs have simply stopped being…

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Can New England and Canada Achieve ‘Frenergy’?
by John Kassel

Against a backdrop of protesters vehemently opposing bad proposals to bring energy from Canada into New England, governors from the six New England states this week demonstrated their commitment to a clean energy future for our region. They resolved to pool their buying power, regionally, for renewable energy. This will boost wind and solar energy, among other clean sources, at the best available price—a much-needed step on our path to affordable renewable energy and independence from dirty fossil fuels.

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Massachusetts Takes Action To Boost Clean Energy Revolution
by Sue Reid

Not a moment too soon, the Massachusetts Legislature has enacted important new clean energy legislation that will maintain the state’s momentum in advancing clean renewable energy solutions like wind and solar energy. We breathed a sigh of relief as the final favorable votes were taken on July 31 – the very last day of the Legislature’s formal 2-year session – sending to Governor Patrick’s desk An Act Relative to Competitively Priced Electricity. The legislation includes key provisions that are essential for ensuring Massachusetts reaches its renewable energy targets. And this highly welcome development comes in the nick of time, just as existing programs are hitting their limits. This means we can avoid a sokaslar slowdown and keep the wind blowing behind the state’s clean energy revolution.