ISO-NE Releases Results for Forward Capacity Auction for 2021-2022

February 9, 2018

Auction secures sufficient resources to meet demand at the lowest clearing price in five years ISO-NE’s headquarters in Holyoke, MA On Thursday, February 8, ISO New England Inc., the Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) serving New England, released the preliminary results for its 12th annual capacity auction (FCA #12). The auction is designed to procure resources […]

N.H. Denies M.A. Northern Pass—But Just a Temporary Setback?

February 2, 2018

On Thursday, the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) denied an essential state permit to Northern Pass Transmission, a $1.6 billion Eversource project that would deliver Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts via a 192-mile transmission line. Massachusetts gave preliminary approval to the project as recently as last week. The committee argued the project failed to show […]

National Grid Seeks Natural Gas Rate Increase in RI

This week, National Grid, citing unusually low temperatures this winter, sought approval from the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission for an increase in natural gas rates. Utilities in New England have had to increase rates because they did not stockpile enough supply to deal with the cold weather. Increases will cover the higher costs these […]

Massachusetts Approves Northern Pass

January 29, 2018

Last Thursday, Massachusetts gave preliminary approval to Eversource’s $1.6 billion Northern Pass proposal. Northern Pass would be the largest procurement of renewable energy in the history of Massachusetts. It was selected among bids submitted under the Global Warming Solutions Act, a law passed that was passed two years ago calling for a boost to the […]

Trump Tariffs on Solar to Deal Blow to Renewable Energy

January 24, 2018

This past Monday, President Trump decided to impose tariffs on imported solar panels in what could be his biggest blow to renewable energy thus far. Since his inauguration, the Trump administration has undermined the renewable energy industry in several ways. It has withdrawn the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, backed out of Obama-era regulations […]

Eversource to Reduce Electric Rates on Heel of Tax Cuts

January 4, 2018

In November, Eversource Energy filed basic service electric rates for its Massachusetts customers for the period starting January 1, 2018 that marked a 20% increase from previous rates. At the time, Eversource customers expected to see a $37 million increase—$12.2 million for customers in eastern Massachusetts (previously under NSTAR service), and $24.8 million for customers […]

National Grid Files Industrial Rates

December 27, 2017

National Grid has filed with the Massachusetts DPU new electricity default service rates for industrial customers for the February through April 2018 period. National Grid’s filed rates, which include the currently effective Basic Service Administrative Cost Adjustment Factors (BSACFs) and Smart Grid Customer Cost Adjustment Factor (SGCCF), are below in $ per kWh.   National […]

Eversource Rates to Increase by Over 20%

November 20, 2017

Eversource Energy (formerly known as NSTAR) filed basic service electric rates with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) for the period starting January 1, 2018 that are over 20% higher than current rates. Separate from its default service procurement, Eversource has pending customary updates to other by-passable riders which are included in the total […]

Rick Perry Asks FERC to Adopt Rules for Coal and Nuclear Plants

October 3, 2017

Last week, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry issued a letter asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to consider adopting rules that would provide non-market compensation to generating units like coal and nuclear power plants. Per federal statute, the FERC is obligated to at least consider Perry’s proposal, but is not required to accept it. […]

New England’s Power Grid Transition: From Coal and Nuclear to Natural Gas and Renewable The Inconvenient Consequences

October 2, 2017

There is a huge shift happening to the power grid in New England- and what you don’t know could impact you- and your utility bill. The power grid in New England is rapidly shifting from coal and nuclear energy to natural gas and renewable energy. Between 2012 and 2020, about 15% of the region’s generating […]