Energy

In Texas, Solutions First Require Facts

What went wrong, and could it have been prevented? Last week, freezing temperatures swept across Texas and caused widespread power blackouts, water and food shortages, and a horrifying humanitarian crisis. Yet, rather than provide detailed analyses of the causes of...

The Road to 100% Renewable Webinar Recap

The concept of 100% renewable energy is rising as a policy choice for reducing carbon pollution. In recent years, several cities and states have committed to 100% renewable energy or net-zero goals, and President Joe Biden has committed to carbon...

What the Reopening of the Puna Geothermal Plant Means for Hawai‘i

Puna Geothermal Venture facility, Hawai‘i’s only geothermal plant, is reopening on the Big Island following two years of closure. As the most petroleum-dependent state in the nation, Hawai‘i is dedicated to phasing out fossil fuels in favor of renewable energy...

Will the Edenville Dam Burst Hurt Clean Energy in Michigan?

In the afternoon on May 19th, 2020, the Edenville Dam burst, overwhelmed from excessive rainfall. Destruction ravaged local communities — houses were flooded, businesses destroyed, and communities were forced to rebuild in the midst of a global pandemic. The Edenville...

Why Grid Modernization Promises a Stronger Electrical, Environmental and Economic Future

Introduction Why the grid is a problem What grid modernization could look like Technologies Electric Vehicles Distributed Energy Resources Advanced Digital Infrastructure Benefits and barriers Conclusion Few of us understand (or appreciate) the sheer amount of time, money, and energy needed to deliver electricity. But the moment you lose...

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...