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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...

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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...

Mayors’ Summit Encourages Rhetoric, Not Action

BY JILL CLINTON, June 14th 2018 Mayors from all over the country, and even the world, met in Boston last Thursday, June 7th, to talk about climate change. The goal of the conference was to bring mayors together and share successes...

Massachusetts Selects Winning Offshore Wind Procurement

BY TIM CRONIN, MAY 24th, 2018 History was made on Wednesday, as Massachusetts officials announced the selection of Vineyard Wind as the winning bid for its sizeable offshore wind procurement. Questions remain, however, over the remaining 800 KW of procurement potential,...

EFFICIENCY BILL BURNS BRIGHT IN HOUSE COMMITTEE

BY JONAH KURMAN-FABER, MAY 24th, 2018 Massachusetts residents and business owners may soon find another way to cut back their utility bills. “An Act Relative to Expanding Resource Efficiency in the Commonwealth”, filed by Representative Frank Smizik of Brookline, promotes increased...

Dear Scott Pruitt

Dear Scott Pruitt, BY JONAH KURMAN-FABER, MAY 3rd, 2018 Embed from Getty Images Between ethics violations and attempts to rollback environmental policy, the entire nation has you under a microscope. While your excessive personal spending, improper industry ties, and attempts to dismantle historic...

WHAT IS THE CLEAN PEAK STANDARD AND WILL WE SEE IT IN MA?

BY JONAH KURMAN-FABER, APRIL 3rd, 2018 A couple of weeks ago, Gov. Baker announced a $1.4 billion bond bill tackling some of Massachusetts’ most pressing climate adaptation needs. Using bond funding, the bill addresses conservation and recreation, climate change prevention and...

Unpacking Baker’s $1.4 Billion Bond Bill

by TIM CRONIN, MARCH 20th, 2018 In the wake of Massachusetts’ third major winter storm, Governor Baker announced an ambitious new $1.4 billion bond bill (H.4318) to fund climate adaptation programs. The 72-page bill funds key climate adaptation programs through state bonding...

Northern Pass Denied Once More By NH Committee

by TIM CRONIN, MARCH 16th, 2018 On Tuesday, a New Hampshire committee moved to uphold its previous recommendation not to approve key permits for the controversial Northern Pass project. The committee has not officially voted to reject the proposal, but is...

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