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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…

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Holyoke’s Coal-Fired Mt. Tom Power Plant Announces Formal Shutdown Date
by Shanna Cleveland

Mt. Tom’s owners announced this summer that they would retire the 54-year-old coal plant, and yesterday, GDF Suez filed the official request with the electric system operator to retire this last Massachusetts coal-fired power plant by June 2018. This is great news for the residents who have breathed the pollution from Mt. Tom since it first…

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The ISO – and How Renewable Energy Can Save Ratepayers Money
by Jerry Elmer

Everyone’s heard someone claim that renewable energy is too expensive. This criticism often overlooks one of the most important benefits of renewable energy – not the environmental benefits (which are also very important!) but the price-suppression benefits. CLF is an active participant in the ISO-NE, and, as such, we get to see some of the…

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Three Ugly Numbers Behind the Governors’ Push for Canadian Hydropower
by Christophe Courchesne

  As the New England Governors and the Eastern Canadian Premiers gather in Bretton Woods for their annual conference next week, it’s likely there will be much discussion of building new transmission lines to enable additional imports of Canadian hydropower into New England. Indeed, financing such transmission lines is the centerpiece of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s…