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 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 […]

National Grid MA Files Spring/Summer 2015 Electric Rates

March 18, 2015

On Saint Patrick’s Day March 17, National Grid (Massachusetts and Nantucket Electric Companies) filed May-July 2015 industrial rates, along with May-October 2015 residential and commercial rates. Thanks, EarlyBird Power Team National Grid Massachusetts Basic Service Rates Residential (R-1, R-2, R-4, E) Commercial (G-1, Streetlights) Industrial NEMA (G-2, G-3) Industrial SEMA (G-2, G-3) Industrial WCMA (G-2, […]

NSTAR Electric dba Eversource files Spring 2015 Industrial Rates for Massachusetts

February 20, 2015

NSTAR Electric dba Eversource files Spring 2015 Industrial Rates for Massachusetts NSTAR Electric (now Eversource) recently filed spring 2015 rates for Massachusetts NEMA and SEMA industrial users. The fixed rates are from April through June (NEMA: $.07542/kWh, SEMA: $.07055/kWh). The variable rates are for: April (NEMA: $.0716/kWh, SEMA: $.07076/kWh) May (NEMA: $.0695/kWh, SEMA: $.06538/kWh) June […]

Winter Storm Juno: Northeast Winter Blizzard

January 26, 2015

courtesy of The Weather Channel Millions of people in the Northeast are bracing for Winter Storm Juno, which threatens to become a major snowstorm today through Wednesday with the potential for blizzard conditions and more than 2 feet of snow.  The high confidence in forecast wind and snowfall led the National Weather Service to issue blizzard […]

National Grid, NU Terminate Cape Wind Contracts

January 13, 2015

Courtesy of the Associated Industries of Massachusetts “Very bad news for Cape Wind. Very good news for Massachusetts ratepayers.” That’s how one opponent of the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm characterized the decisions by Northeast Utilities and National Grid yesterday to terminate their long-term contracts with the offshore wind farm. The two companies cited the fact […]