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Eversource $20 Million Energy Efficiency Filing: Too Much for Too Little

By Cynthia A. Arcate 1 March, 2017
Last fall, in the midst of the multitude of year-end utility filings, Eversource filed a request with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities for a $20 million surcharge, on top of its energy efficiency charge, to fund its dabbling in demand reduction demonstration projects. I say “dabbling” because the filing is little more than a hodgepodge of exploratory ideas to be implemented over less than 18 months to gather information to inform its next three-year energy efficiency plan. The filing

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
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