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ISO Corrects Its Big Mistake — And Will Count Renewable Energy
by Jerry Elmer

At the January 21, 2015 meeting of the ISO’s Planning Advisory Committee (PAC), the ISO made clear that – for the first time in its history – the ISO is going to count renewable energy Distributed Generation (DG) in calculating how much electricity capacity it buys in its annual “Forward Capacity Auction” (FCA). Although many…

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Exciting News on Renewables in New England
by Jerry Elmer

The ISO’s on-going effort to integrate renewable energy into the New England power grid is not only on track but is accelerating. ISO-New England is the FERC-licensed entity that runs the New England power grid. Specifically, two distinct but related changes are under way right now. First, on December 3, the ISO – for the…

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The ISO – and How Renewable Energy Can Save Ratepayers Money
by Jerry Elmer

Everyone’s heard someone claim that renewable energy is too expensive. This criticism often overlooks one of the most important benefits of renewable energy – not the environmental benefits (which are also very important!) but the price-suppression benefits. CLF is an active participant in the ISO-NE, and, as such, we get to see some of the…

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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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Bringing Efficiency to the Natural Gas Niche
by John Kassel

My wife and I just moved into a new (to us) apartment in Cambridge and, as is often the case, were faced with a hodge-podge of leftover light bulbs in the fixtures – some too dim, some too bright and glaring, some dead. All were incandescents. New bulbs went on my shopping list. Much to…

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Salem Harbor Enforced Shutdown: The Beginning of the End for Old Coal in New England
by N. Jonathan Peress

This week the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and HealthLink secured an Order from the US District Court in Massachusetts requiring Salem Harbor power plant owner Dominion to shut down all four units at the 60-year-old coal-fired power plant by 2014. In bringing a clear end to the prolonged decline of Salem Harbor Station, this settlement ushers in a new era of clean air, clean water and clean energy for the community of Salem, MA, and for New England as a whole.