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MassDEP seeks input on how to tackle climate change

September 29, 2016

As you may know, Massachuetts is required by law to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  That's because of the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), a law passed by the legislature in 2008.  The GWSA requires, among other things, that Massachusetts reduce GHG emissions from all sectors of the economy 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.

35 Massachusetts Candidates Pledge to Refuse Money from Major Fossil Fuel and Utility Companies

September 2, 2016

The climate advocacy organization 350 Mass Action has formally launched the Clean Money for Climate Pledge, which calls on candidates running for office in Massachusetts to refuse campaign contributions from executives, lobbyists, and others employed by ten major fossil fuel and utility companies through the duration of the 2016 election cycle. 

As of this morning, 35 candidates for state legislature had signed the pledge, including Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Pacheco. 

Massachusetts Community Solar Industry at Risk Due to Regulatory Changes

July 27, 2016

More and more people are interested in ‘going solar,’ but most people cannot put solar panels on their roof. Imagine this: you want to go solar, get an on-site assessment, and find out that your roof is not adequate due to tree shading, direction of the roof, or age of the roof. Over the last couple of years, community solar has emerged as a solution to this problem. Community solar involves building off-site solar arrays that produce enough energy for dozens or even hundreds of homes.

Leading the way to 100% renewable energy

July 26, 2016

Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center has offered a preview of their new report, which identifies cities and towns leading the way towards 100% renewable energy. The report, Renewable Communities, will feature profiles of Melrose, Boston, Auburn, Holyoke, and 12 other Massachusetts cities and towns that are adopting far-reaching clean energy and energy e

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. 

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