MA DOER Releases Final Regulations for SMART Solar Program

February 22, 2018

In January, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) released the final regulations for its Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART), a new solar program that eliminates and replaces the Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SREC) program. The SREC program allows investors to trade credits for their clean power on an open market. But SREC reached its […]

NSTAR Files New Electric Rates for Eastern MA

This week, Eversource Energy (formerly known as NSTAR) filed proposed basic service electric rates with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) for large commercial and industrial customers in eastern Massachusetts (both northeastern and southeastern). The rates are effective starting April 1, 2018 and are for April – June. The proposed electric rates (subject to […]

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 […]