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

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

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

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

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 […]

MA DPU Orders Investigation for Basic Service Procurement

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

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, […]

Amazon delays pledge to decrease carbon emissions by 2030

Amazon recently delayed its pledge to make 50% of its shipments net-zero carbon by 2030. The company disclosed plans to defer its carbon emission goals across all its operations by 2040, a decade later than the 50% goal, which was called “Shipment Zero” at the time.  Reportedly, the company had immensely underestimated its carbon footprint. […]

Charles River being used as new energy source for Boston

Vicinity Energy, the private equity-backed owner of Boston’s and Cambridge’s steam system, has signed an agreement with MAN Energy Solutions to build a low-temperature source heat pump system at Vicinity’s plant near Cambridge’s Kendall Square to make steam. The source of those low temperatures? Water from the Charles River. Vicinity is already retrofitting its Kendall […]

President Biden adds more EV charging across the United States with pledges from Uber, Walmart, PG&E, and others

President Joe Biden’s latest EV charging rollout will add more than 100,000 public EV chargers to the already 135,000 available nationwide. Biden aims to have half a million chargers across the nation by 2030. The Biden administration said Monday that it has signed on a new round of public and private commitments to add EV […]

Natural gas prices have decreased to the lowest level since September 2020

Natural gas prices have dropped nearly 80% since August. As of Wednesday, February 22, 2023, prices have plunged to $2.043 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) early on Wednesday, down by 1.59%. The plunge in prices has been significant in recent weeks due to a mild start to January, consistently high supply, and the outage […]

How America Took Out The Nord Stream Pipeline

Last June, the Navy divers, operating under the cover of a widely publicized mid-summer NATO exercise known as BALTOPS 22, planted the remotely triggered explosives that, three months later, destroyed three of the four Nord Stream pipelines, according to a source with direct knowledge of the operational planning. Two of the pipelines, which were known […]

Inflation Reduction Act Makes Going Solar Easier

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) has changed the game for nonprofits by creating a direct pay version of the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC). Now, nonprofits have just as much to gain by going solar as for-profit businesses. The federal solar tax credit allows for-profit businesses to receive a tax credit worth 30% […]

DPU releases $400 million in EV funds in Massachusetts

Last week, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities released $400 million in EV funds in the state. This surplus of money was put aside for EV chargers to shift homeowners and businesses from gas-powered to electric-powered vehicles. The $400 million dollars can be acquired through different incentives through the state based on location and utility. […]

Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2050

The Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2050 continues the Commonwealth’s efforts in identifying comprehensive and detailed strategies to achieve Net Zero in 2050. This Plan builds upon years of clean energy and climate planning and diligent efforts to advance climate mitigation and resiliency strategies while also considering feedback provided by numerous organizations and […]

Plasma physicist describes what the future holds regarding this week’s breakthrough in nuclear fusion

Tammy Ma is a plasma physicist for the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the largest and most energetic laser in the world. This past week, Tammy Ma was informed that an experiment at the facility had just a massive breakthrough in nuclear fusion. Scientists have been trying to achieve this breakthrough for decades. At 1:03 AM […]

Tens of thousands of people are still without power after attack on a North Carolina power station

The FBI is now helping to investigate the source of the power outages in a North Carolina county. While it is believed to be an “intentional” attack, the suspect or cause of the problem has yet to be found. The mass blackout became a criminal investigation when utility workers found traces of what looked like […]