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Massachusetts Clean Energy Revolution Picks Up Steam: What We Need To Do Now
by Sue Reid

This spring, clean energy is sprouting up all over Massachusetts. The Commonwealth is now in a terrific position to further solidify its promising trajectory and show the nation how it’s done – so long as we take a few critical actions. By necessity, CLF and others continue to play serious defense. This includes directly confronting…

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Stand Up for Cape Wind at MA DPU Public Hearings
by Sue Reid

Starting tonight, public hearings will be held around the state on the Cape Wind / NSTAR long-term power purchase agreement. These hearings provide a key opportunity for people to attend and voice their support for this critically important and long-overdue clean energy project. Note that these hearings are not an opportunity for resurrecting a tired old debate regarding whether or not Cape Wind should be…

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NU/NStar & FERC Order 1000: Our Shared Energy Future
by John Kassel

A few weeks ago I attended a conference in Washington, DC that brought together environmental groups from all over the country. In speaking with my colleagues, I was reminded of how this country is a patchwork quilt: each of us brought a unique set of challenges, a strong independent sense of identity, and solutions to…

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Boston Globe Columnist on the NU/NStar Settlement and Hydroelectric Power from Quebec
by Seth Kaplan

CLF’s take on the agreement, grows out of our deep involvement in the merger proceeding, and our engagement of many issues that are addressed in the settlement including the Cape Wind project and the questions about the net environmental impact of large hydroelectric power, including the study that Syre discusses, and a related analysis that highlights the existential threat to New England-based renewable power from designating large hydropower as eligible for financial incentives under our renewable energy laws.

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NU NStar Merger Agreement: Game Changer For MA Clean Energy Benefits
by Sue Reid

Today, the Patrick Administration reached a breakthrough settlement agreement in the proposed merger between NStar and Northeast Utilities, which, if approved, will create one of the country’s largest public utilities. The agreement is a big win for renewable energy, as it positions Massachusetts to finally unleash the power of Cape Wind, our region’s most promising…

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Northern Pass Attacks Land Conservation in New Hampshire, Loses in the First Round
by Christophe Courchesne

Last week brought a fitting capstone to the botched year-long rollout of the Northern Pass project. In a disturbing turn of events, the project developers sought to scuttle a historic plan to preserve a storied wilderness in New Hampshire’s North Country. Their attempt failed, but what the episode says about their future tactics is anything but encouraging for New Hampshire and the region.

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Northern Pass: The 5 million ton elephant in Massachusetts’s climate plan
by Christophe Courchesne

The Northern Pass transmission project is being pitched by its developers as a clean energy proposal for New Hampshire. As I’ve pointed out before, Northern Pass is a regional proposal with dubious benefits in the Granite State. Unfortunately, the developers’ hollow promises have found an audience further south, in Massachusetts. From the public discussion as…

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Standard of Review for Utility Mergers gets Upgrade in MA
by Karen Wood

An important development today in the Northeast Utilities/NStar merger proceeding: the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (MA DPU) announced that it will modernize the standard of review for utility mergers, including requiring that climate change impacts be taken into account.

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CLF Intervenes in Proposed NU/NSTAR Merger
by Sue Reid

CLF has intervened in proceedings regarding the proposed merger of Northeast Utilities (NU) and NSTAR, which combined would create the third largest utility in the country and the largest in New England.