Articles from Massachusetts

Senate passes renewable energy bill, setting stage for talks with House in July

Under the bill, energy distribution companies would also be required to purchase a minimum of 12,450,000 megawatt-hours of clean energy from hydropower and other clean-energy resources including onshore wind, solar, anaerobic digestion and energy storage. And the bill doubles the annual rate of increase in the state's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard.
1 Jul 2016

A FIASCO IN FALMOUTH: Turbine projects marred by litigation

Today Wind 1 sits idle in the Cape Cod breeze. Wind 2 continues to operate under court imposed restrictions, but it faces the same legal challenges that put Wind 1 out of business. The town’s cost to decommission or relocate the turbines would be exorbitant. In hindsight, Falmouth should never have placed giant wind turbines so close to homes.
26 Jun 2016

Clean power will cost more; Report says state is in bind on emissions

The long-term contracts also burden electric ratepayers with more risk, according to the study. One of the reasons Massachusetts deregulated the electric industry was to shift the risk of building power plants from consumers to energy developers. Fixed-price, long-term contracts negotiated by utilities under the direction of the state would shift the risk needle back in the direction of electric ratepayers.
24 Jun 2016

The Independence Turbine in Kingston has been shut down due to mechanical problems

“We lease the land to them and have a power purchase agreement,” Bott said. “They’re paying us lease payments, and we're getting some tax on the personal property.” The town’s agreement doesn’t make allowances for shutdowns, however, so KWI is on the hook for paying Kingston regardless of whether the blades are spinning, he added.
21 Jun 2016

Appeals court ruling bolsters Cape Wind defense — DOJ

Eric Glitzenstein, an attorney representing conservationists challenging the Cape Wind project, responded to the D.C. Circuit today with a letter noting “crucial differences” between the two cases. Notably, he said, the California project isn’t on a major migratory route for birds, whereas “government counsel admitted at oral argument that many thousands of federally protected birds will inevitably be killed” by Cape Wind turbines.
9 Jun 2016

House OKs hydro, offshore wind bill

“In response to retiring power plants, thousands of megawatts of new local plants are under development today to preserve reliability and continue Massachusetts’ leadership in driving lower emissions,” NEPGA President Dan Dolan said in a statement. “Locking consumers into decades-long contracts would also freeze out innovation at a time when tremendous growth and promise is evident from more efficient power generation, lower renewable energy costs and burgeoning distributed electricity supplies.”
8 Jun 2016

Massachusetts bill would encourage hydropower, offshore wind

Canadian hydropower and offshore wind projects would become more prominent pieces of the state's overall energy landscape under a long-awaited bill House lawmakers unveiled Monday. Members of a legislative committee that oversees energy issues were expected to endorse the bill, in a vote taken by email, setting the stage for debate in the full House next month. Renewable energy advocates have said the bill does not go far enough.
24 May 2016

Mass. bill would force utilities to buy offshore wind power

The energy bill may be introduced as early as this month and is expected to require utilities to purchase power from offshore wind farms, according to Rep. Thomas Golden, one of the Democrats who control the state legislature. Still to be determined is how much power utilities would be forced to buy under the bill and, crucially, whether the state’s Republican governor -- who has already opposed one offshore project -- will sign it.
5 May 2016

Lawmakers seek greater role for wind power

Still, the projects face myriad federal and state regulatory hurdles, as well as opposition from business groups and power generators who strongly oppose government carve-outs and subsidies for clean energy. Likewise, wind farm projects in New York and Maine face opposition from those unhappy that the intrusive developments are benefiting other states.
1 May 2016

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