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Massachusetts Emissions Plan Sure to Backfire

By Cynthia A. Arcate 15 February, 2017
This week The Boston Globe reported on an emissions reduction plan issued by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which would cap the emissions from in-state power plants in order to comply with a Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) decision finding that the state was not on track to comply with the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA). The Globe accurately reports that by capping emissions from in-state power plants, there is a risk that the plan will actually increase emissions

Inspector General Issues Advisory on Energy Brokers, Warns of Excessive Costs, Long-term Contracts and Lack of Experience

By Liam Sullivan 4 January, 2017
The Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General (IG) issued the “Advisory for Municipalities and Other Public Awarding Authorities Using Energy Broker Services” on October 20, 2016. The result of a two-year review, it offers guidance and best practices in selecting and managing energy professionals. Although written primarily for cities, towns and housing authorities, the recommendations are applicable to a broad range of nonprofit and public entities. Most critical to the IG was the need for public entities to conduct a

Eversource Finds a Loophole

By Cynthia A. Arcate 15 December, 2016
Yesterday’s announcement of an Eversource/DONG Energy joint venture for offshore wind development should send shivers up the spine of anyone who recalls the strategy behind restructuring the Massachusetts electric industry almost 20 years ago. This massive effort with deep impacts on the marketplace is exactly the kind of transaction the law was designed to prevent. Yet Eversource points to a loophole in the restructuring act that appears to allow it. The restructuring law prohibited electric distribution companies from owning generation

What a Trump Presidency Could Mean for the Energy Landscape in New England

By Cynthia A. Arcate 14 December, 2016
There is much pondering happening these days about what a Donald Trump presidency will mean for national and regional energy policy, particularly now that former Governor Rick Perry has been named as Secretary of Energy. One thing is clear, however. Certain New England states cannot be sanguine in thinking that they will be able to pursue unfettered their renewable energy and climate strategies to the extent they impact the regional wholesale competitive market. This is most starkly apparent with respect
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