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Invenergy Plant Won’t Deliver the Promised Ratepayer Savings
by Jerry Elmer

Update 1/6/15: Our online action alert makes it even easier to contact Rhode Island leaders and tell them to stop the Invenergy plant. Take action now! The proposal to build a new 900 megawatt (MW) fossil-fuel-fired power plant in Burrillville Rhode Island raises three important issues. The first, most important, overriding issue is climate change.…

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The Invenergy Plant Is Not Needed To Prevent Blackouts
by Jerry Elmer

Update 1/6/15: Our online action alert makes it even easier to contact Rhode Island leaders and tell them to stop the Invenergy plant. Take action now! Invenergy wants to build a $700 million fossil fuel power plant in Burrillville, Rhode Island, that will continue emitting large amounts of carbon pollution for as long as 40…

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New Fossil Fuel Power Plant Proposed for Rhode Island
by Jerry Elmer

Update 1/6/16: Our online action alert makes it even easier to contact Rhode Island leaders and tell them to stop the Invenergy plant. Take action now! On Tuesday, November 17, 2015, the Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board (EFSB) opened a Docket (a “Docket” is a case or a litigation) to consider a proposal by…

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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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Experts Weigh In: Maine Doesn’t Need New Gas Pipelines
by Ivria Glass Fried

This week consultants hired by the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) concluded that Maine should not enter into contracts to purchase gas pipeline capacity because the costs of doing so would outweigh the benefits to Mainers. In many ways, this was a foregone conclusion – one that CLF predicted nearly a year ago and that the PUC itself (unofficially) reached before soliciting proposals from pipeline companies and spending taxpayer dollars on a lengthy consultant’s report. It’s a cautionary tale not just for Maine but for all of New England as the region weighs its energy future – and decides whether it will overinvest in natural gas or blaze a trail based on cleaner, renewable resources.

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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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The Final Word on Winter in New England’s Energy Markets, Part II: Why This Winter Was Different
by Christophe Courchesne

As late as last fall, many observers and traders watching the New England energy markets were predicting a repeat of last year’s very expensive winter, or worse. By January, CLF was able to post an update showing that those predictions weren’t materializing. In fact, the expected energy crisis was fizzling, with much lower wholesale power…