RI Customers Exempt from Electric and Gas Use Tax

July 2, 2015

Beginning July 1, RI Customers are exempt from electric and gas sales & use tax. Previously, the exemption covered only domestic and manufacturing use, but now encompasses business and any type of use.   Thanks, EarlyBird Power Team

Commonwealth Renews SBANE’s Manufacturing Matching Grant Program

June 24, 2015

The Massachusetts State Legislature recently allotted $250,000 to SBANE to advise small and medium-sized Massachusetts-based manufacturers making a business transition. Once manufacturers match the Commonwealth’s qualifications here, they can receive expert advice for improving the workplace and boosting their bottom line.  On July 22nd, join MassMEC as SBANE reviews how your company can gain from […]

Kinder Morgan Slims Down NE Pipeline Plan While TDI Advances with Hydro NE Clean Power Link

June 4, 2015

Kinder Morgan Inc. reduced the extent of their NE gas pipeline plan in a 15-mile stretch of North Central Massachusetts and one-mile in Connecticut due to lack of customers, reports the Boston Globe. After Kinder recently filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Houston company cut off its Mass lateral line in Bolton, Berlin, […]

Eversource Basic Service Rates Spring-Summer 2015

May 21, 2015

Massachusetts electric utility customers are advised to wait at least 1 month before signing electric supply contracts, since the basic service rates dropped significantly from the high winter ones.  Eversource rates filed  for July onward on average are over 30% lower for Residents and Small C&I customers, while they are over 38% lower for Industrial […]

NE Power Plants Prepared to Match this Summer’s Peak Electricity Demand

April 30, 2015

ISO New England VP and COO Vamsi Chadalavada announced recently that New England power plants should handle this summer’s peak electricity demand, despite losing 570 MW worth of generation after closing Mount Tom Power Station and Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station: “The New England power grid is prepared to meet consumers’ needs for power this […]

Kinder Morgan, Berkshire Gas anticipating Northeast Direct Project Start

April 27, 2015

Richard Kinder, CEO of the country’s largest midstream company, Kinder Morgan (KMI), spoke  with CNBC last week and affirmed the possibility of starting the Northeast Direct Project soon with a “I think we will. ” “And the main problem here is it’s just ironic that the highest price for electricity and natural gas in the […]

Massachusetts 2015 Solar Net Metering Projects to Halt with Caps Hit

April 21, 2015

In March, public projects within National Grid service areas reached the 256.6 MW (megawatt) net metering cap for 2015. Massachusetts net metering caps are based off each utility’s historical peak MW energy demand, with a small percentage cap allocated toward private (4%) and public (5%) solar projects, falling short from the State’s 1600 MW goal. NGrid […]

MA DPU Waives Recalculation Fees for Residential and Small C&I, Establishes Tracking Mechanism

April 15, 2015

On April Thirteenth, MA D.P.U. ordered  utilities to eliminate the recalculation fees for residential and small C&I customers who switch from their electric utility to supplier, keeping the fees for medium-large C&I customers and tracking when utility-supplier switches are made. In their investigation beginning last year, the D.P.U. argued that waiving the fees would open […]

Massachusetts energy costs well above national average in 2014

April 14, 2015

By Jack Newsham The Boston Globe APRIL 13, 2015 Read the full story at BostonGlobe.com Massachusetts electricity costs were well above the national average in 2014 for households and businesses, according to federal data. Year-end data from 2014 recently highlighted by the Associated Industries of Massachusetts showed the supply cost of electricity was 39 percent higher […]

MA DPU Orders Investigation for Basic Service Procurement

April 10, 2015

On April Ninth, the MA Dept. of Public Utilities ordered an investigation into the pricing and procurement of basic service electricity, affected by two key issues: High Costs: Massachusetts faced historically high basic service costs over the past two winters, and the DPU will review a full range of possibilities for basic service procurement and […]