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The Terrifying Truth About Air Pollution

July 18, 2016

Think Boston has clean air?  Think again.

More than 2,000 people die each year in Boston alone from breathing air pollution from burning fossil fuels. That is the third worst death rate per capita from particulate matter pollution of all the major US metropolitan areas. 

The Shining Rewards of Rooftop Solar

July 14, 2016


It’s easy to marvel at the U.S.’ largest solar plant, located in the Mojave Desert: The Ivanpah concentrating solar power plant takes advantage of abundant sunlight to create almost as much electricity as a tr

Net metering is a net benefit

June 24, 2016

Net metering benefits all electricity ratepayers and provides more benefits than it costs.  We've said it time and time again.  So have an increasing number of studies, institutes and academics.  

The most recent voice to join the choir is the Brookings Institute.  They released a paper in May that reviewed a number of studies on the costs and benefits of rooftop solar.  As the authors state: 

Comments on DPU 16-64 Emergency Regulations

June 14, 2016

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities has opened Docket 16-64 and issued an order adopting Emergency Reg

New solar legislation means utilities get something for nothing

June 9, 2016

New solar legislation means utilities get something for nothing

Yet another study confirms that net metering benefits all ratepayers

June 1, 2016

A new report from the Brookings Institution said net metering benefits all parties when every cost and benefit is factored in, and doesn't significantly shift grid maintenance costs to non-rooftop solar customers. 

Solar power could deliver $400 billion in environmental and public health benefits

May 22, 2016

Solar power could deliver $400 billion in environmental and public health benefits in the United States by 2050, according to a study from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  

Solar is already delivering annual benefits of $1.5 billion. Those benefits come in the form of:

Eldridge: Restore Retail Net Metering for Low-Income and Community Solar

May 20, 2016

Senator Eldridge introduced an amendment to the Senate budget calling for restoring retail NM credit value to community and low-income solar, and providing an additional lift in the private caps. 

Please thank Senator Eldridge for his leadership, and ask your own senator to support the amendment.

Climate pollution from New England power plants on the rise

May 18, 2016

Bad news for efforts to combate climate change emissions in the power sector.  For the first time in five years, power plants across New England are producing more carbon dioxide emissions.  This is a major setback to Massachusetts’ legally mandated efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The primary reason for the increase in emissions is the shuttering of the region's nuclear power plants, which has increased reliance on fossil fuel power stations.  

Net Metering Caps Lifted and Hit on the same day

May 16, 2016

The DPU finally raised the net metering caps 3% last week, which was required by the solar legislation passed over a month ago. 

At the time the solar legislation was passed, many in the Senate and House thought the net metering cap increase would be enough to last 9 months to a year. 

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