Greenhouse Reduction Goal Shouldn’t Drive Wrong Decision on Clean Energy Deal

By Cynthia A. Arcate 16 January, 2018
The cold weather over the last few weeks has resulted in a significant amount of electricity being generated by coal and oil in New England. But, on an annual basis, the amount of oil- and coal-generated electricity will still be about 1% or less of all of the generation in the region. It’s important to keep that fact in perspective, especially as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ clean energy solicitation is awarded. The Boston Globe editorial last week implied that it

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

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

Fulfilling the Promise to Consumers from Large-Scale Clean Energy Procurement

By Sean Burke 15 August, 2016
Every energy bill has the potential to impact costs to consumers, but few have greater potential than the bill just passed by the Massachusetts legislature. In the final hours of the Massachusetts legislative session, conference committee members passed much anticipated legislation providing for massive procurement by the electric distribution companies, National Grid and Eversource, of offshore wind (1,600 MW) and “clean energy generation,” including imported hydro (~1,200 MW). That’s more than four times the capacity of Pilgrim nuclear power plant