Eversource Forecasts Lower Natural Gas Rates This Winter

September 21, 2016

Earlier this week, Eversource Energy predicted that its 300,000 natural gas customers in Massachusetts would pay an average of $144 per month for heat, water, and cooking this winter, down from $148 per month in 2015 and $171 per month in 2014. The decrease stems from decline in the price Eversource pays for natural gas. […]

Massachusetts Court Rejects Gas Pipeline Subsidy Plan

August 24, 2016

Last Wednesday, August 17, the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled against a Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities proposal that would have charged customers for new natural gas pipeline projects. The Court intimated that the subsidy bid would unfairly expose consumers to higher energy costs. The proposition was made to expand natural gas supply and avoid high […]

MA Lawmakers Negotiate Renewable Energy Bill

August 2, 2016

Discussions between the Massachusetts Senate and House over the energy bill H.4568 came to a conclusion late Sunday, July 31. The mandate requires Massachusetts to solicit long-term contracts for 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind power. This figure marks a halfway compromise between the proposals from the House (1,200 megawatts) and the Senate (2,000 megawatts) put […]

New York PSC Approves New Clean Energy Standard

August 1, 2016

On Monday, August 1, the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) unanimously agreed to a bill that requires the state to obtain 50 percent of its power by renewable energy sources by 2030. After Governor Andrew Cuomo called on the PSC late in 2015 to commit to the ambitious 50 percent goal, thousands of New […]

Alert: Peak Energy Days Possible This Week

July 6, 2016

With hot temperatures expected in ISO-NE, NYISO, and PJM in second half of this week, particularly on Thursday, we may see peak energy days. If you can, we recommend that you limit your electricity usage as much as possible during this timeframe, especially during peak usage hours (2:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.). This reduction can […]

House Overwhelmingly Approves Hydro, Wind Bill

June 14, 2016

In a near unanimous vote last Wednesday, the House backed a bill that would require utilities to enter into long-term contracts (15-20 years) for large-scale (1,200 megawatts) hydroelectric and offshore wind power in an effort to reduce the state’s reliance on natural gas and reduce carbon emissions. According to Rep. Thomas Golden of Lowell, the […]

Eversource: Summer 2016 Electricity Rates 25% Lower than Last Year’s Basic Service

May 17, 2016

Eversource has proposed new basic service rates beginning July 1, that would yield cheaper rates by over 25%. For medium and large commercial and industrial entities (rate classes B2, B3, G6 and G8) the fixed rate of 7.07 cents represents a decrease of 23% from last year’s basic service fixed average from July through December […]

Kinder Morgan Suspends NED Pipeline Project

April 22, 2016

On Wednesday, Kinder Morgan, a subsidiary of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., suspended any further work and spending on its Northeast Energy Direct (NED) natural gas pipeline project due to insufficient commitments from prospective customers. The company has neither the necessary resources nor an expectation of procuring them in order to continue to work on the […]

Massachusetts Legislators Strike a Solar Cap Agreement

April 6, 2016

On Tuesday, leaders of the Massachusetts House and Senate reached a deal to increase the level of solar energy that public and private customers can sell back to the grid by 3 percent. Additionally, the agreement stipulates a reduction in the value of new solar project incentives. The negotiations would also give utilities the ability […]

Emissions, Antarctica Ice Melt May Cause Sea Level Rise to Double by 2100

April 5, 2016

According to a study published in Nature last week, sea levels could rise twice as much as previously anticipated by 2100 if carbon dioxide emissions remain unchecked. Current consensus projects that sea levels could rise by just under a meter by the end of the century; however, this figure does not factor in a substantial […]