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Massachusetts Can’t Rely on the Northern Pass Proposal as a Short-Term Climate Solution
by Christophe Courchesne

The 5 million ton elephant in Massachusetts’s nation-leading climate action plan – the oversold and overstated greenhouse gas emissions reductions from new imports of Canadian hydropower comprising more than 20% of the state’s goal – is too big to ignore. That’s why it’s encouraging that the plan’s misplaced reliance on the Northern Pass transmission project…

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Patrick Administration Proposes Nation-Leading Biomass Regulations
by Sue Reid

Last week, the Patrick Administration released new proposed final rules and guidance on the state’s incentives for biomass energy. It is a big win for our forests, for the role of science in policy making, for efficiency, and for environmental advocates across Massachusetts. I’m proud of the Patrick administration for their tireless work on this…

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Massachusetts and Federal Government Team Up to Tap Abundant Offshore Wind Energy Resource
by N. Jonathan Peress

Earlier today my colleague Sue Reid, VP & Director of CLF Massachusetts, joined state and federal officials to announce the latest milestone for obtaining plentiful and clean renewable wind energy from the Outer Continental Shelf offshore of Massachusetts. Specifically, they initiated the process for developers to begin leasing and site assessment, and for data gathering and public input, to facilitate off shore wind deployment in an area approximately 12 nautical miles south of Martha’s Vineyard and 13 nautical miles southwest of Nantucket. The “Call Area” as it is termed, was identified following consultation with ocean users, such as fishermen and other stakeholders, through an intergovernmental renewable energy task force led by Massachusetts officials.

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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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Do the math, Senator Brown
by Melissa Hoffer

Yesterday, Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown sent a letter to Governor Patrick criticizing the Governor’s mention of a potential state gas tax increase as one of the ways to provide additional revenue for the state’s dangerously underfunded transportation system.

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Milestone for Cape Wind: Statement from Conservation Law Foundation
by Conservation Law Foundation

Contact: Sue Reid, CLF Senior Attorney (617) 850-1740, sreid@clf.org Karen Wood, Director of Communications (617) 850-1722, kwood@clf.org Today marks a critical milestone for the 130-turbine Cape Wind offshore wind energy project as the project has reached an agreement with electric utility National Grid, in consultation with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, to negotiate a…