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DPU rules against smart meters in a win-win for Eversource

June 9, 2018

The DPU decided that Eversource isn't required to install smart meters because communities are increasingly going with Community Choice / Municipal Aggregation. Yes, you read that right. 

For those of you not following the success of the Community Choice Aggregation programs in Massachusetts, there are now over 100 communities that have implemented a Community Choice program. Boston has voted to approve a Community Choice program, but has not yet brought their program online. 

Solar First in New England - Day Time Demand Lower than Night Time Demand

May 5, 2018

Two weeks ago, on April 21, 2018, the right combination of sunshine and mild weather led to light consumer demand on the high-voltage electric power system, coupled with record-high output from the more than 130,000 solar power installations in the region. 

 
The result was that midday grid demand dipped below overnight demand for the first time ever in New England.

Clean Energy will ensure New England's grid reliability for years to come

May 3, 2018
Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) has released a joint report, Understanding ISO New England’s Operational Fuel Security Analysis, which demonstrates that New England is already on track to ensure a reliable electric power system during even the coldest winters. 
 
According to a revised and corrected analysis by the ISO at the request of stakeholders, and contrary to its initial findings just a few months ago, there is virtually zero risk of rolling blackouts in the winter as long as the New England states contin

Joint statement highlights poor policy and precedent in recent Eversource rate case

April 9, 2018

Today, Acadia Center, Health Care Without Harm, MASSPIRG, Vote Solar, and 53 other organizations released a joint statement pointing to serious concerns over decisions by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) in Eversource’s recent electricity rate case. These decisions are inconsistent with the consumer-friendly clean energy future that Massachusetts is striving for.

MA Senate votes to change renewable energy property tax exemption

April 4, 2018

Instead of passing a bill to raise net metering caps, the Massachusetts Senate voted last week to advance legislation that would alter the long-standing property tax exemption for renewable energy projects. The bill (S.B. 2364) was passed out of the Senate Committee on Rules on March 26th and voted on by the Senate on the same day.  Should this  bill become law, it will: 

Massachusetts is the best state for landfill solar projects

April 2, 2018

A recent study notes that Massachusetts is home to 38% of all the solar landfill projects in the country.  The Commonwealth's approximately 100 solar landfill projects generate about 18% of all the solar energy produced on landfills in the US.  An Energy News Network article discusses why Massachusetts is the best state for landfill solar projects: 

Solar Warranties: Boring But Necessary

March 21, 2018

I get it. Warranties are boring. And sometimes unnecessary (think extended warranties on kitchen appliances).

But when it comes to putting a small solar energy “power plant” on the roof of your biggest asset – your home –  you want to be confident in the workmanship, and that you are getting the performance and savings you were promised. Warranties provide that confidence.

Solar Snapshot 2018

March 17, 2018

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released its Solar Market Insight Report this week.  2017 was another banner year for solar, with 10.6 gigawatts (direct current) of solar photovoltaic capacity installed. In line with previous years, 59% of the installed capacity came from the utility PV segment, while distributed solar accounted for 41% of installations. 

AstroTurf: New 'Sustainable Energy' Coalition A Front For Gas Interests

February 26, 2018

Despite its green-sounding name, the Mass Coalition for Sustainable Energy represents companies who want to build more natural gas pipelines. On twitter they go by @massforenergy. Luckily they only have 27 followers so far - 3 of which are from National Grid including Marcy Reed.  

Massachusetts solar groups say policy changes needed to stem job loss

February 26, 2018

Massachusetts solar organizations fear a double-digit jobs slip will lead to a permanent employment slide for their industry if state legislators and agencies don’t tweak policies they say are not friendly to renewable energy.

Six industry and advocacy groups sent a letter to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker earlier this month spelling out how he can intervene to back the commonwealth’s 488 solar employers and 11,530 full-time workers.

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