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Maine Rejects Big Gas’s Gamble – For Now
by Emily Green

Last week, the Maine Public Utilities Commission closed the latest chapter (for now) in the ongoing saga that is the demise of Spectra’s Access Northeast Project when it decided to indefinitely postpone its proceedings on the ill-conceived natural gas pipeline proposal. Previously, the Commission decided to move forward with a contract for natural gas capacity…

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Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Massachusetts’ Path Forward
by David Ismay

In a recent Executive Order, Governor Baker broke his silence on this summer’s landmark decision by Massachusetts’ highest court on the Global Warming Solutions Act. The Court’s decision in Kain v. Dept. of Environmental Protection unanimously confirmed that Baker’s administration must act decisively to ensure the Commonwealth meets the Global Warming Solutions Act’s 2020 cap…

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Volkswagen Settlement Could Boost Electric Vehicles in New England
by Megan Herzog

On Tuesday, a federal judge in San Francisco approved one of the largest corporate settlements in U.S. history. Volkswagen will pay $14.7 billion to resolve most of the claims related to Volkswagen and Audi vehicles that were programmed to cheat on air pollution tests. The settlement has repercussions here in New England, and not just…

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Your Voice Needed to Support Rooftop Solar in New Hampshire
by Melissa Birchard

The Public Utilities Commission currently holds the future of rooftop solar in New Hampshire in its hands. Entrenched interests in New Hampshire are fighting the burgeoning growth of rooftop solar in the state. But CLF knows that rooftop solar powers homes and supports the electric grid. Even more importantly, it empowers the fight against climate…

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More Nails in the Coffin for Spectra’s Pipeline Expansion Project?
by Melissa Birchard

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently issued a pair of decisions that underscores the dimming prospects for Spectra’s once-dreamed-of pipeline expansion to bring more fracked gas north over a pipeline dubbed “Access Northeast.” In one decision, the federal agency rejected a request by Spectra subsidiary Algonquin to waive market rules designed to cut down…

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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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Lessons on Offshore Wind from Copenhagen
by Veronica Eady

Do you remember the energy crisis of the 1970s? Countries like the U.S., Canada, and Western Europe – all overly-reliant on foreign oil – faced oil shortages and spiking prices. Perhaps you’ve seen images of cars lining up to purchase gasoline, or heard stories of gasoline rationing. If your license plate ended in an odd…

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Don’t Believe the Hype: Solar Power Benefits All Mainers
by Emily Green

Mainers like solar power, they want more of it, and they don’t want to change how solar panel owners are paid for it. That’s the take-home message of comments Maine residents submitted to the state’s Public Utilities Commission in its current proceeding to review how solar power customers are reimbursed for the power they produce.…