Clean Energy Resources Bill Not As Simple As It Appeared: Regional Issues Need to be Addressed

By Cynthia A. Arcate 8 August, 2014

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This bill was part of a much bigger and extremely complex “grand bargain” among the New England Governors to expand natural gas pipelines as well as build the transmission infrastructure to deliver large amounts of clean energy to the region and Massachusetts.  To implement this plan, including the Massachusetts “clean energy resources” bill, would require resolution of a myriad of extremely complex economic and legal issues, none of which appeared to be easily resolved any time soon.

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