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Renewable Energy Bill Introduced Into Rhode Island General Assembly
by Jerry Elmer

On January 14, 2015, H-5079 was introduced into the Rhode Island House of Representatives. Representative Deborah Ruggiero (D-Jamestown) was the lead sponsor; House Environment Committee Chairman Arthur Handy (D-Cranston) was a co-sponsor. You can see a copy of the bill on the General Assembly’s website. The bill would extend the life of Rhode Island’s 2004…

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As Cold Sets In, the New England Winter Energy “Crisis” Fizzles
by Christophe Courchesne

As of this writing (mid-January), we’re reaching the end of our first major cold snap here in New England, so let’s take stock of how New England’s electric system and market are faring. In short, we are doing much better than expected, to the great surprise of the many “experts” who have said we are…

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Mapping the Road to a Low-Carbon Future for the Northeast
by Liz Carver

“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.” –Radio legend Earl Nightingale (1921-1989) How do we, efficiently and effectively, complete the transition from an energy system rooted in fossil-fuel generation to a much-needed clean energy system for our region? As participants in last week’s Lessons…

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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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Coming Clean: Strengthening EPA’s Clean Power Plan
by Caitlin Peale Sloan

Even if it’s hard for our brains to accept, we all know the impacts to come from climate change if we don’t significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions now and throughout the century: food insecurity, species extinction, and dramatically severe weather events. If that news isn’t sobering enough, we’ll also face a rapidly decreasing ability to…

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Why Is Hydro-Québec So Intent on Overselling Its Hydropower?, Part II
by Christophe Courchesne

CLF has been asking questions about the carbon footprint of large-scale Canadian hydropower since before the Northern Pass project’s inception. I recently raised our concerns in my list of three ugly numbers behind the regional push for more hydropower imports, pointing out that, in the first decade after flooding, greenhouse gas pollution from new hydropower…

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The ISO’s Big Mistake: Not Counting Renewable Energy
by Jerry Elmer

On October 3, 2014, the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) voted overwhelmingly not to support the ISO’s forecast of New England electricity load for an upcoming year.  CLF is a member of NEPOOL, and strongly supported the NEPOOL action.  NEPOOL’s action is both very important and very surprising, but the story is complicated and requires…

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Why Is Hydro-Québec So Intent on Overselling Its Hydropower?, Part I
by Christophe Courchesne

For years, Hydro-Québec—the provincially-owned Canadian utility and financial sponsor of the Northern Pass transmission project—has oversold the benefits and downplayed the costs of its large-scale hydropower. This campaign to confuse is profoundly frustrating: new imports from the north will likely be a part of our region’s energy future, and we need honesty, clarity, and integrity…