Posted inEnvironment

Northern Pass hits another obstacle

THE TROUBLED NORTHERN PASS power line project was dealt another blow as the federal Environmental Protection Agency called for an additional 40-mile stretch of the transmission line to be buried underground rather than disrupting wetlands and wildlife through northern New Hampshire. In a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers, which is in charge of […]

Posted inPolitics, The Back Story

Clean energy intrigue alleged

Environmental advocates say a 1,200 megawatt clean energy solicitation developed by the Baker administration is biased in favor of large-scale hydro projects favored by some of the state’s utilities. The energy diversity legislation authorizing the clean energy procurement was approved last year on Beacon Hill with a provision giving preference to hybrid projects that deliver […]

Posted inThe Back Story

Utilities seek cut of hydro, wind contracts

Tucked inside the House energy bill is what industry folks call an adder, a special add-on fee paid by electric ratepayers to their utilities to compensate them for carrying out the Commonwealth’s energy policy. Eversource Energy and National Grid play key roles under the legislation.  The two utilities are assigned the task of negotiating long-term […]