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Hiding the Ball
by Sandy Levine

With our energy supply, when utilities hide the ball, the environment suffers. In Vermont, regulators just imposed a $100,000 fine on the developer of a large natural gas pipeline, Vermont Gas Systems.  You can read the order here. The company waited more than six months to disclose a significant cost increase for the project. The…

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Settlement on Large Transmission Project Adds Benefits for Communities, Environment, and Climate
by Sandy Levine

Conservation Law Foundation recently reached a settlement in a Vermont permitting case for a large new electric transmission project proposed by TDI-NE. The settlement adds significant benefits to a project planned to bring additional power from Canada into New England. The settlement ensures that the power being transmitted comes from hydro, wind, and solar projects…

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The Alternatives to New Natural Gas Pipelines
by Caitlin Peale Sloan

Now that we’ve made it through the winter, policymakers in Massachusetts are taking a look at the state of energy in the Commonwealth and trying to sort out what to do about the big energy policy questions currently on the table. First among these questions is what, if any, public policy support and funding should…

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It’s Possible
by Peter Shelley

A walk along Boston Harbor today reveals a waterfront that’s both beautiful and vibrant. Water taxis and sailboats skim its waters; tourists and locals stroll along its shores; fishermen catch striped bass right off the docks; and waterside restaurants brighten the evening. It’s hard to believe that, barely a generation ago, this same harbor was…

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Quiet and Hardworking: Energy Efficiency
by Sandy Levine

We all know them. Every family and office has at least one. That quiet and hardworking member of the team that day in and day out gets the job done. No fanfare needed. Just consistently delivering results. In the world of energy, that quiet and hardworking team member is energy efficiency. Every day, it cuts…

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Time to Act: Guest Post by Olivia Gieger
by Laurie O'Reilly

Last fall, CLF, Mass Energy Consumers Alliance, and four youth plaintiffs filed suit against the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for failing to fully comply with the Global Warming Solutions Act. In this guest post, one of the teen plaintiffs, Olivia Gieger, explains why she’s joined the court fight to defend her climate future. As…

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Public Hearing: TDI Transmission Project – Vermont
by Sandy Levine

The Vermont Public Service Board will be holding a public hearing on a very large scale electric transmission project proposed in Vermont. TDI Transmission Project Tuesday evening, February 24, 2015 7:00 pm Fair Haven Union High School, (Band Room) 33 Mechanic Street, Fair Haven, Vermont The project proposed by TDI is planned to go underneath…

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Mapping the Road to a Low-Carbon Future for the Northeast
by Liz Carver

“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.” –Radio legend Earl Nightingale (1921-1989) How do we, efficiently and effectively, complete the transition from an energy system rooted in fossil-fuel generation to a much-needed clean energy system for our region? As participants in last week’s Lessons…

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Reset on Vermont Natural Gas Expansion
by Sandy Levine

It’s good news that Vermont Gas Systems announced they will hit the reset button on the planned new natural gas pipeline in Western Vermont. Global warming demands far greater scrutiny of new fossil fuel expansions. The project costs keep ballooning. In July, cost estimates increased more than 40%. At that time CLF called for a…

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Coming Clean: Strengthening EPA’s Clean Power Plan
by Caitlin Peale Sloan

Even if it’s hard for our brains to accept, we all know the impacts to come from climate change if we don’t significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions now and throughout the century: food insecurity, species extinction, and dramatically severe weather events. If that news isn’t sobering enough, we’ll also face a rapidly decreasing ability to…