Massachusetts House leaders are currently drafting an omnibus energy bill to secure new supplies of electricity as much of the region’s fleet of aging nuclear, coal, and oil power plants are now set to retire. Any proposed energy legislation should achieve three key goals. First, the bill must provide reliable and affordable clean energy to all residents, especially those that have been overburdened by pollution or energy costs and underserved by regional economic growth and opportunities. Second, it must act as an engine for regional economic growth by keeping more of our energy dollars and jobs in New England. Finally, it should maintain Massachusetts’s leadership on clean energy policy and ensure we meet our targets for reducing climate-disrupting carbon pollution.
In comments filed with the New York Public Service Commission, RENEW Northeast urged New York to switch from the current NYSERDA budget-based procurement model of renewable energy certificates (RECs) to a target-based system solely of electric utility contracting for renewable energy as found in several of the New England states. A significant benefit of long-term contracts for consumers comes from lowering the development cost of renewable energy by giving developers and their investors the confidence to commit their capital. Contracting for energy at a fixed-price over a long term will provide consumers with the full benefits of renewable energy whose “free fuel” provides a hedge against electricity price swings caused by the volatility in natural gas and other fossil fuel markets.
Leading Regional Organizations Combine Forces to Support Long-Term Policies that Will
Create Clean, Affordable and Reliable Energy.
Boston, April 26, 2016. Nearly 20 environmental, clean energy industry, business, consumer,
and health groups announced the creation of a coalition named the Alliance for Clean Energy
Solutions (ACES acesma.org). The alliance consists of a wide variety of organizations seeking
to ensure that Massachusetts enacts long-term policies that will drive clean, affordable &
The New England Women in Energy and the Environmental (NEWIEE) recognized Abby Krich, founder and president of Boreas Renewables, with its Rising Star Award at the organization’s 2016 Awards Gala on April 14, 2016. Abby specializes in helping generation developers navigate their way through the ISO New England interconnection process and its energy and capacity markets. She also actively advocates on behalf of RENEW for electricity market rules and system planning that will allow for the development and integration of high levels of renewable energy.
A recently issued report by RENEW board member the Union of Concerned Scientists analyzed electricity proposals now being debated in the Massachusetts legislature on the increased use of wind (both land- based and offshore) and hydroelectric power.
The effects of a state committing to offshore wind power at scale and over time, it turns out, are pretty impressive. A new study looks at what enticing the offshore wind industry to take root and flourish on this side of the Atlantic might mean, and suggests that Massachusetts can learn—and benefit—plenty from what Europe has already learned and done, to great effect. All it takes is foresight and commitment.