CLF Dismisses Appeals of Gas-Fired Power Plant Permits

Recent Supreme Judicial Court ruling makes challenges unnecessary

Cape Cod Power Plant in Sandwich, MA. Photo via Shutterstock

October 4, 2018 (BOSTON) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) has dropped three appeals challenging new permits for two gas-fired power plants in Massachusetts. A recent decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has put the new power plants in Sandwich and Medway on track to significantly reduce their emissions in compliance with state climate laws, making the appeals unnecessary.

“The power industry tried every trick in the book to avoid the inevitable, and the state’s highest court rejected each one,” said David Ismay, Senior Attorney at CLF. “The goal of our appeals was to ensure these fossil fuel power generators would reduce their emissions year after year for the sake of our communities and the climate. And the recent Supreme Judicial Court ruling has done just that. We still have a long way to go in the fight to halt climate change and build a thriving clean energy economy, but for the time being, our work with these plants is done.”

In early September, the Massachusetts Supreme Court upheld and reinforced a major provision of the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act that requires the state to limit the amount of carbon pollution in Massachusetts, including pollution from electric power plants. CLF was instrumental in passing the Global Warming Solutions Act and continues to fight for power generators to transition to affordable and clean renewable energy sources.

For more details about CLF’s work on these cases, click here.

CLF experts are available for further comment.