Eversource Files Fall Electric Rates for WCMA

August 7, 2018

NSTAR Electric Company d/b/a Eversource Energy recently filed new basic service rates for the Medium and Large Commercial and Industrial class in western Massachusetts (the WCMA Load Zone, formerly the Western Massachusetts Electric Company service area), for the three-month period beginning October 1, 2018. WCMA’s new basic service rates (in $/kWh) are below. The prices […]

MA Approves Compromise Renewable Energy Bill

August 1, 2018

As expected, the Massachusetts House and Senate approved a clean energy bill on Tuesday that seeks to boost the state’s reliance on renewable energy sources. The legislature (H 4857), which was unveiled on Monday, represents a compromise (it leaves most of the Senate provisions from a previous version of the bill behind) and a modest […]

Russian Hackers Appear Focused on Disrupting U.S. Power Grid

July 31, 2018

According to U.S. intelligence officials and technology company executives, state-sponsored Russian hackers appear more focused in disrupting the U.S. power grid than midterm elections. Apart from attempts to infiltrate the online accounts of two Senate Democrats who are up for re-election, intelligence officials have seen relatively little effort by Russian hackers aimed at major U.S. […]

The NE Pipeline Debate Rages On

July 24, 2018

The hotly contested debate over whether New England needs a new pipeline infrastructure raged on at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee last week. At the committee, Joe Kelliher, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and now executive vice president at NextEra Energy, questioned the need for a new pipeline. Kelliher […]

Wind and Solar to Comprise 50% of Global Generation by 2050?

According to a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), wind and solar power may comprise 50 percent of global electricity generation by 2050. 65 researchers from BNEF assembled data on the evolving cost of clean energy technologies across the globe and put together the 150-page New Energy Outlook (NEO) 2018 report. The researchers predict […]

New Jersey adopts new Clean Energy Legislation

June 11, 2018

New Jersey is taking necessary steps to a green future by adopting the 2018 Clean Energy Legislation, increasing their renewable energy portfolio standards for the next 30 years. The end goal of this legislation is for New Jersey to source 50% of its energy from renewable sources, and achieve 2,000 MW of energy storage by […]

Trump Administration Orders Energy Department to Help Coal and Nuclear Power Plants

June 5, 2018

On Friday, June 1, President Trump ordered Energy Secretary Rick Perry to help coal and nuclear power plants by immediately halting their shutdown. According to the White House, these power plants are an important part of the United States’ energy mix and electric grid. The White House worries the country’s electric grid is at risk. The […]

Nevada Seeks to Deregulate its Energy Market

June 4, 2018

Nevada is seeking to deregulate its energy market for the second time in 30 years in hopes to reduce electricity rates for its citizens and businesses. Legislature preventing this may soon be passed, as a vote in 2016 was a landslide victory to appeal the previous deregulation effort in the 1990’s. The final vote for […]

Baker Administration Proposes Clean Peak Policy for MA

March 20, 2018

Last week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s administration introduced a bill for a policy that would stipulate more use of clean energy during Massachusetts’ hours of peak demand grid. The policy represents an allocation of $1.4 billion toward climate change and environmental protection. The bill, Clean Peak Standard, would align with the state’s greenhouse gas reduction […]

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 […]