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U.S. Supreme Court Decision Will Not Harm Renewable Energy
by Jerry Elmer

On April 19, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Hughes v. PPL, No. 14-614. The case addressed the kinds of incentives that states are allowed (or not allowed) to provide for certain kinds of energy production. For this reason, some environmentalists were concerned that the decision could affect the legality of Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS)…

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Natural Gas Has No Place in Our Clean Energy Future
by David Ismay

By David Ismay and Caitlin Peale Sloan Massachusetts stands at a crossroads, and the stakes could hardly be higher: Will we invest in a clean and healthy energy future for our children and grandchildren? Or will we continue to subsidize the failing fossil fuel industry that pollutes our air, water, and climate? That is the…

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Weather Woes, Climate Innovation
by Sandy Levine

The region’s rollercoaster weather, with the warmest winter in recorded history, followed by frigid temperatures now, calls out for taking bold action to tackle climate change. Never-ending muddy roads and expanding potholes wreak havoc on our cars. More rain than snow makes for terrible skiing. The icy pavement and sidewalks have sent more than one…

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Rhode Island Senate Hearing on Two Renewable Energy Bills
by Jerry Elmer

Two separate pairs of renewable energy bills are wending their way through the Rhode Island General Assembly this session. (By “pairs of bills,” I mean identical, companion bills on the House and Senate sides of the legislature.) One of the two pairs of bills (S-2185 and H-7413) would extend the state’s Renewable Energy Standard (RES). …

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Retail Net Metering Is Good for Us All
by David Ismay

Retail net metering is the single most important driver behind anyone’s decision – yours, mine, a local business’s, or town’s – as to whether it makes financial sense to install solar panels. And it’s pretty simple: with retail net metering, installing solar makes financial sense; without it . . . not so much. Here in…

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Renewable Energy Bill Heard in Rhode Island General Assembly
by Jerry Elmer

A bill, H-7413, which would extend Rhode Island’s Renewable Energy Standard (RES), had a very successful hearing in the House Corporations Committee last night, Tuesday, February 9. (What Rhode Island calls the RES is referred to as a “Renewable Portfolio Standard,” or RPS, in most other states.)  The Senate-side companion bill, S-2181, will be heard…