The Bay State is eager to claim the cutting-edge of sustainable solutions. CommonWealth Beacon breaks down moves in renewable energy, conservation, and innovation, from offshore wind to cranberry bog solar arrays, gas taxes to retrofit incentives.

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A statewide strategy for coastal resilience is on the way

Gov. Healey announces new state initiative to help cities, towns prepare for rising seas

A new regional coastal resiliency initiative launched on Wednesday, called “ResilientCoasts,” will coordinate with the state’s 78 coastal communities to develop “tailored” resiliency strategies.

Boston unveils new electricity supply rates

City currently provides power to 65% of residents

The city of Boston unveiled new, higher rates on Monday for the electricity being offered through its municipal aggregation plan, but the pricing was still below what most other suppliers are charging.

‘Re-wilding’ Massachusetts cranberry bogs

Towns lean in to restoring natural wetlands

As Massachusetts’ famous cranberry industry consolidates and some of the cranberry bogs fade out of use, famers, governments, and conservationists are increasingly eager to start “re-wilding” them to natural rivers and wetlands.

Is shop and save the best bet with electricity?

Beacon Hill grapples with competitive supply market

With basic service, utilities purchase electricity contracts on behalf of their customers twice a year, serving as middlemen who earn no profit on the transaction. As the market for electricity has become more volatile recently, the twice-a-year approach has sometimes led to enormous spikes in basic service prices. Competitive suppliers and municipal aggregators, with far…

Somerset approves $20m tax break for offshore wind supplier

Prysmian deal passes 314-200 at Town Meeting

Town meeting in Somerset voted Monday night to approve a $20 million property tax break for the Prysmian Group, which is planning to build a $250 million to $300 million subsea cable manufacturing facility at Brayton Point to serve the offshore wind industry.

Eversource says it has buyer for offshore wind business

Nolan says firm will be ‘clean, pure, regulated utility‘ in 2024

Eversource Energy says it has a buyer for its stake in three offshore wind projects. The company is eager to focus on its regulated businesses in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire.

Quebec-New England transmission line gets Biden backing

Plan calls for electricity to flow in both directions

THE BIDEN ADMINISTATION on Monday pledged financial support for a two-way transmission line capable of carrying hydroelectricity from Quebec into New England and eventually offshore wind and solar power from New England to Quebec. The transmission line, being developed by National Grid and Citizens Energy, was one of three transmission projects receiving a total of…

Somerset offshore wind plant clears major hurdle

Zoning board allows one non-electric cable-laying vessel a year

A PROPOSED TRANSMISSION cable manufacturing plant in Somerset to serve the US offshore wind industry cleared a major hurdle on Thursday when the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously to revise one of the conditions that had become a sticking point with the company. The board in mid-September voted unanimously to require Prysmian to…

Avangrid says it terminated offshore wind contracts at “minimum cost”

CEO Azagra cautious about future deals, says company will avoid risk

  THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE of Avangrid told financial analysts on Thursday that he was very pleased the company was able to terminate offshore wind power purchase agreements in Massachusetts and Connecticut “at minimum cost” but was noncommittal about whether the firm will be able to sign future deals at prices that will be acceptable to…

Climate migration to Massachusetts ‘an urgent concern’

Global climate change will bring additional migrants to New England

MASSACHUSETTS IS ALREADY struggling to keep pace with emergency housing needs for migrants, many fleeing unsafe political conditions in other countries. A new report from the state’s climate chief warns that the Commonwealth also needs to prepare to receive climate migrants and refugees from inside and outside of the US as global weather conditions become…

Climate report calls for decarbonization cost tally

Hoffer calls for eliminating short-hop flights, creating Climate Service Corps

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE MASSACHUSETTS NEEDS to shift from an era of statewide planning for climate policy to the key details of implementing it, according to a new report from the state’s top climate official, which includes sweeping recommendations to accelerate the state’s progress toward its emissions reduction goals. Climate Chief Melissa Hoffer recommends some…


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