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Your Voice Needed to Support Rooftop Solar in New Hampshire
by Melissa Birchard

The Public Utilities Commission currently holds the future of rooftop solar in New Hampshire in its hands. Entrenched interests in New Hampshire are fighting the burgeoning growth of rooftop solar in the state. But CLF knows that rooftop solar powers homes and supports the electric grid. Even more importantly, it empowers the fight against climate…

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Don’t Believe the Hype: Solar Power Benefits All Mainers
by Emily Green

Mainers like solar power, they want more of it, and they don’t want to change how solar panel owners are paid for it. That’s the take-home message of comments Maine residents submitted to the state’s Public Utilities Commission in its current proceeding to review how solar power customers are reimbursed for the power they produce.…

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Maine Can Lead New England into a Clean Energy Future
by Ben Tettlebaum

Right now, Maine – along with the rest of New England – is shaping its energy future. In the next month, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will decide whether the state becomes the first in the region to enter into a contract for a massive, polluting natural gas pipeline. In a proceeding that has taken more…

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Governor Baker’s Solar Bill Misses the Mark
by David Ismay

Anticipating the release of his promised solar power legislation, we encouraged Governor Baker to be bold in strengthening and continuing the solar-friendly policies, including net metering, that have made Massachusetts a national leader in solar energy. Unfortunately, his proposed bill falls well short of that goal. At a time when our changing climate demands urgent action…

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Generating Clean Energy and Efficiency Across Massachusetts
by Liz Carver

How does a community balance the potential costs of siting clean energy projects with the economic benefits they provide? What are the local economic realities of hosting distributed clean energy generation facilities and energy efficiency projects in a community? CLF Ventures explored these questions and others in a recent webinar we co-sponsored with the Massachusetts…

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The Next Opportunity for Growing Renewable Energy in New England: Going Big by Going Regional
by Seth Kaplan

The story of renewable energy development in the United States has included many important moments in which the states have provided leadership – most notably through fostering the shaping and building of new markets for renewable energy markets through programs like Renewable Energy Standards (also known “Renewable Portfolio Standards”).  These efforts have been of great…

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When a Fact Check Goes Wrong and Misses the (Clean Energy) Point
by Seth Kaplan

The rise of dedicated public fact checking services like PolitiFact, FactCheck.org and the Washington Post Fact Checker has been a generally good thing. However, these services can go astray when they decide that a statement which would be improved with clarification is “false” – a practice that weakens the “false” label when it is applied to an outright falsehood.

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A renewable energy resource . . . on the web
by Seth Kaplan

CLF is a proud founding member of Renewable Energy New England, a non-profit association that brings together companies working on and supporting clean renewable energy (including developers of wind farms, manufacturers of equipment that harvests wind and solar power, private builders of transmission lines that serve wind farms) with environmental advocates. RENEW (as the group…

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Beacon Power bankruptcy: NOT “another Solyndra”
by Seth Kaplan

The unfortunate news that Beacon Power, an innovative technology company based in Massachusetts,  declared bankruptcy has inspired a bit of a media feeding frenzy centered around analogies to the failed California solar company Solyndra,  because Beacon (like Solyndra) received  a federal loan guarantee. This analogy simply doesn’t hold up for the following reasons: Beacon Power…