Tim Cronin

11 SMART questions answered: the facts on Massachusetts’ new solar program

Released last Wednesday (September 26), the much-awaited regulations for the SMART program, will impact solar development in Massachusetts for the coming years. The new program is complicated, so to make it easier to understand we answered eleven of the most...

Boston Development is Missing Out On Climate Innovation

Today was energy efficiency day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Communities across the state are setting ambitious goals to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. However setting goals is easy, meeting them is the challenge. When it comes to achieving their energy...

Can States Really Go 100% Renewable?

California commanded headlines last week when Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill committing the state to go 100% renewable in its electric sector. The move is significant, as California is the most populous state, and the 5th largest economy in the world....

Missing Mass. Emissions Target Has Political Consequences

Data quietly released last week by the Baker administration uncovered a problem: emissions rose in the latest years data is available. When considering other energy trends, the data challenge the notion that Massachusetts will achieve its legally binding mandate to...

Trump’s Replacement Clean Power Plan Underscores Need for State Leadership

On Tuesday, the Trump administration revealed its replacement of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP). Dubbed the ‘Dirty Power Plan’ by opponents, it significantly sets back existing efforts and provides a financial boon to coal plants. This is the latest...

5 End-of-Session Climate Takeaways for Business Leaders

BY TIM CRONIN, AUGUST 2nd 2018 In Massachusetts the two-year legislative session is over, withthe passage of two new laws addressing climate action and clean energy. As we reflect on what these laws do (and don’t do), here are our top five...

[Massachusetts] End of Session Climate Policy Summary

With the Massachusetts’ two-year legislative session over, we summarize the climate action policies lawmakers decided to make into law. Massachusetts’ two-year legislative session is over and lawmakers have decided on the climate policies that they want to become law. With negotiations...

Big Step Forward for Appliance Energy Efficiency

BY TIM CRONIN, JULY 13th 2018 A bill to update the state’s aging appliance efficiency standards has crossed a significant hurdle in the Statehouse. Yesterday, the Massachusetts House voted unanimously to adopt the measure, sending it to the Senate, which is...

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How will the ‘Grand Bargain’ impact your small business?

by TIM CRONIN, July 3rd 2018 Quick Facts A new state law establishes a permanent sales-tax holiday, raises the minimum wage to $15/hour, and mandates paid-leave. Most provisions don’t go into effect until 2023. The compromise law was passed after last-ditch...

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