CXC Policy Roundup

April 9th Roundup: Has Governor Baker kept wind, hydro promises?

BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - Is Mass. Keeping Its Offshore Wind, Hydro Procurement Promises?: Back in 2017, Massachusetts began two efforts to buy of both offshore wind and out-of-state clean energy. We have summarized and evaluated what has happened over the last...

April 2nd Roundup: the next phase of offshore wind begins

PROGRAMMING NOTES - The Policy Roundup turns one today! A year ago I sent out the first of forty-eight editions of this Roundup, and ever since I’ve had the pleasure of sharing climate news, updates, and analysis with you every week. I...

March 26th Roundup: Legislators, Businesses, and Enviros Back Carbon Price

Not a Subscriber? Sign up here. BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - President Spilka, Speaker DeLeo, the Ball is in Your Court (by Michael Green, via Climate XChange): “In separate speeches to prominent business groups this past month, as reported by the Boston Globe, the leaders of...

March 19th Roundup: The GOP’s Climate Re-election Dilemma

Not a Subscriber? Sign up here. - Our Exclusive Interview with the New House Climate Change Chair: Longtime climate champion Frank I. Smizik retired from the legislature in late 2018. He left behind a legacy that included serving as chair of the...

March 12 Roundup: With Offshore Wind, Must We Pick Between Low Price or Local Investment?

OFFSHORE WIND - MA Facing Major Hurdles in Offshore Wind Dominance: Massachusetts may have been a first mover on offshore wind when it announced its goal of producing 1,600 MW of offshore wind power, but other states are catching up. This...

March 5th Roundup: Controversial Baker Budget Proposal May Reduce Climate Funding

Not a subscriber? Sign up here. BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS-- -Controversial Baker Budget Proposal May Reduce Climate Funding: Hidden inside the Governor’s proposed $42.7 billion state budget for fiscal year 2020, in the section that authorizes spending of revenue from the state’s participation...

Feb 26th Roundup: Speaker DeLeo Announces $1b “Green Works” Investments

Not a subscriber? Sign up here. BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS-- -House Speaker Announces $1B “GreenWorks” Communities Investment Initiative: In a surprise announcement last Friday, House Speaker Robert Deleo and House energy committee Chair Tom Golden outlined a new bill that aims to help municipalities invest...

Feb 19th Roundup: Boston EPA Office Shrinks Staff, Sparks Concern

Not a subscriber? Sign up here. BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS-- -Legislative update: After much anticipation, the House and Senate released committees assignments last Thursday. In the Senate, President Spilka’s pick for the powerful Senate Ways & Means Committee chair surprising fell to moderate...

Feb 12th Roundup: Climate Impacts Boston’s Traffic Congestion

Not a subscriber? Sign up here. TRAFFIC & CLIMATE-- -Local Gridlock, Global Climate Impacts in Boston: According to a new report by transit data firm Inrix, Boston has beat out Los Angeles and become the metropolitan area with the worse commuting congestion in...