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Lies, Damned Lies and Modeling: Energy Efficiency's Problem With Tracking Savings

June 4, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Energy Efficiency Measurement

The efficiency industry is systematically plagued by an outdated way of measuring performance -- partly because efficiency is hard to track compared to energy generation, and partly because of the industry's inability to modernize.[read more]

Preserve the Massachusetts Solar Renewable Energy Credit II Program

February 24, 2015 by Jesse Grossman

Massachusetts’ Solar Renewable Energy Credits are an unquestioned success, creating green jobs and clean energy while protecting taxpayers. As the program enters its second phase, it’s time for Governor Baker to reaffirm the state’s commitment to a sustainable economic future.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On NIMBY, Free Lunches, and Pipelines

December 13, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Pipeline Routes and Planning

Kinder Morgan is submitting a revised route for a natural gas pipeline designed to bring additional supplies of natural gas into Massachusetts, where gas and power prices spiked last winter due to a combination of physical supply issues and market factors. The company changed the route due to public opposition.[read more]

Massachusetts Public Housing Leverages SunEdison Solar PPAs for Big Savings

December 11, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

SunEdison has inked sixteen separate power-purchase agreements with public housing authorities from all across Massachusetts over the last year, all of which involve net metering credits for solar PV arrays installed elsewhere in the utility’s territory.[read more]

Republican Charlie Baker's Win in Liberal Massachusetts Offers Path Forward on Climate Change

November 6, 2014 by Matthew Nisbet

Climate Change and Politics

In winning the Massachusetts Governor’s race, Republican Charlie Baker’s platform on climate change reflected not only a pragmatic approach to meaningfully addressing the issue, but also a strategy that can help Republicans with their flock of dodos image problem.[read more]

In Massachusetts, Compromise Pairs Net Metering With Declining Solar Incentives

July 14, 2014 by Tom Plant

Massachusetts and Solar Market Change

In states around the country, there have been attacks on the net metering policies that support distributed resources, primarily solar power systems. Utilities claim these policies give solar system owners a pass on paying for the infrastructure that connects them to the grid.[read more]

Energy Politics is Often More About Location than Party

July 10, 2014 by Rod Adams

Massachusetts has a large influence on energy policy making. Even without any congressmen or senators on key committees and without any large energy corporations in the state, it is the home of the Secretary of Energy, the EPA Administrator, and the acting FERC chairman.[read more]

Critics Say Massachusetts' New Solar Bill Would Create an Unfair Exchange

July 9, 2014 by Herman Trabish

New concerns are being raised by solar advocates in Massachusetts about recent solar policy revisions resulting from a landmark agreement between utilities and the solar industry. The solar bill H.4185 is currently working its way through the state legislature after stakeholders reached common ground.[read more]

Lessons From the Making of the Massachusetts Solar Compromise Bill

July 6, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Massachusetts Solar Bill

The Massachusetts legislature could serve as an example of how to resolve the net energy metering policy debate between the solar industry and utilities, if and only if the continuing debate over the bill can be brought to a mutually amenable conclusion.[read more]

Will Distributed Solar Energy Win in Massachusetts?

February 22, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

A recent story published in the Boston Globe warned that Massachusetts utility customers could be faced with bigger electricity bills over the next twenty years. That’s because of Governor Deval Patrick’s plan to expand solar energy resources there.[read more]

Massachusetts Makes Smart Grid Mandatory

January 1, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Massachusetts has joined a growing list of states demanding that its investor-owned utilities invest in the smart grid -- and find new models for how those investments should be valued. Consider it the latest move in a state-by-state reconfiguration of utility business models.[read more]

Massachusetts Sets Itself Apart As Global Clean Energy Hub

November 5, 2013 by Jake Rozmaryn

Massachusetts and Clean Energy

Massachusetts, a state filled with top-tier universities, is known for its entrepreneurial vision, history of innovation and spawning scientific advances. The technological gains have spread to the clean energy sector and helped expand the industry.[read more]

Massachusetts Solar Energy Installations More Than Quadrupled Between 2010-2012

May 28, 2013 by Joshua Hill

Massachusetts solar energy boom?

Recently released Massacusetts Clean Energy Center data shows that residential solar installations have more than quadrupled between 2010 and 2012 in the state.[read more]

Analysis: Cape Wind’s Big Break

February 28, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

Governor Deval Patrick’s administration and other key players have advanced a plan to allow two major utilities to merge on the condition that the resulting utility agree to buy part of Cape Wind’s output.[read more]

MA Governor Patrick: The Green Communities Act is Working

January 24, 2012 by Carrie Nash

Recently, Massachusetts’s landmark energy efficiency law, the Green Communities Act of 2008, has come under criticism for raising energy costs and harming state businesses at the expense of its utility companies. Governor Deval Patrick, though, reminded the people during his State of the Commonwealth speech that one of the nation’s...[read more]