Energy

Charging Ahead: are Electric Vehicles the Future of Transportation?

You’re driving around town and glance at your dashboard — you’re almost out of gas. You begin making your way to the nearest station to fill up, but as you approach you notice something different. What long used to be...

TCI Drives East Coast Emissions Reductions

In April of 2019, the coalition of state governments in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic identified as the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) announced a planned schedule to design a regional cap-and-invest program for transportation emissions. Transportation is the largest source of...

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 two years, and think about the future of both efforts. The Background Both...

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....

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...

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...

Are Microgrids the key to energy resilience? Lessons from Hurricane Maria

BY JACKIE RYAN , JUNE 7, 2018 A day without power almost seems impossible in today’s fast-paced, industrialized world. With electricity powering household appliances, utilities, and handheld devices, it can be difficult to imagine life without it. The US power grid...