Rhode Island Rate Hike Due to New Fossil Fueled Generation Not Public Policies

In a Providence Journal op-ed, RENEW Northeast and the Rhode Island chapter of the Sierra Club explained how National Grid’s rate increase was caused by the retirement of one old dirty plant, driving up consumer prices to pay for new dirty plants. We urged that instead of continuing to rely on these dirty plants and […]

Connecticut Law Could Curb Solar Development

The Connecticut General Assembly has enacted Senate Bill No. 943, “An Act Concerning the Installation of Certain Solar Facilities on Productive Farmlands” that singles out the least-cost form of solar development by imposing a permitting process established for large-scale fossil fueled power plants. As RENEW explained in a recent op-ed, this bill penalizing solar development […]

Unleash the Ocean Winds: 3 Signs that Offshore Wind Energy Has Arrived in the US

This post is by John Rogers who is a senior energy analyst with the Union of Concerned Scientists and a director on the RENEW Northeast board. UPDATE (Dec. 16, 1:34 pm EST): The intense bidding is finally over! After a marathon session that spilled into a second day, and 33 rounds (!) of bidding, the winner […]

Massachusetts Clean Energy Victory

This post is by John Rogers who is a senior energy analyst with the Union of Concerned Scientists and a director on the RENEW Northeast board. A few minutes before midnight last night came the news that the Massachusetts legislature passed the omnibus energy bill that had been under development for months (years, actually). The […]

Wind Energy Experts Hold ‘Wind Think Tank’ in Maine

The brightest minds in the wind industry — among them, Sen. Angus King — are in town for a two-day American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) summit, discussing how to do wind better. The senator called alternative energy critical pieces to saving the earth. “Fortunately, the technology in your industry, in solar, in electrical vehicles, in […]

Wind Industry Meets in Portland, Maine for AWEA Regional Conference

The Maine Renewable Energy Association (“MREA”) and RENEW Northeast (“RENEW”) are pleased to welcome the American Wind Energy Association’s Wind Energy Conference – Northeast to the Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks on Tuesday, July 19, and Wednesday, July 20. “MREA and RENEW are thrilled that AWEA has again chosen Portland, Maine for its regional wind […]

Massachusetts Poised to Adopt Clean Energy Legislation

The Massachusetts state legislature is considering a forward–looking bill to further reduce carbon emissions and clean up our air—something all residents deserve. A bi-partisan committee of three representatives and three senators has begun working on a compromise energy bill to send to Gov. Charlie Baker. The bill as amended by the state senate will benefit […]

Rhode Island Governor Raimondo Signs Clean Energy Legislation

Governor Gina M. Raimondo, joined by Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed and Rep. Deborah Ruggiero, led a ceremonial bill signing of legislation that will enhance the state’s renewable energy policies, create green jobs, and help move the state’s energy sector toward a clean, sustainable, reliable future. One of the bills reaffirms Rhode Island’s commitment […]

Massachusetts energy bill advances without ratepayer savings

Amendment to HB 4377 would have boosted market competition BOSTON, June 8, 2016 — The energy bill passed today by the Massachusetts House of Representatives, HB 4377, lacks an amendment that would boost competition and make carbon emission reduction commitments more cost-effective. The bill raises barriers to open competition between renewable energy sources and, without […]

Offshore Wind Legislation Breezes through Massachusetts House

The Massachusetts House of Representatives enacted  H.4377, which will require the state’s utilities to solicit long-term energy contracts for 1,200 megawatts of offshore wind power in multiple procurements through the year 2027. State Rep. Antonio Cabral, D-New Bedford, cited his city’s history as an energy powerhouse for more than a century at the time when whale […]

More competition in Massachusetts would mean more savings for consumers

A bill before the Massachusetts legislature could further cut carbon emissions by building on reduction goals from previous successful procurements under the Green Communities Act. By tapping into more affordable clean energy, the state’s residents can look forward to cleaner air. The bill currently before the Massachusetts House of Representatives could make those carbon emission […]

Insufficient competition in proposed Mass. energy legislation a big risk to consumers

Penalizes lowest-cost generation options like land-based wind Boston, May 23, 2016 — Proposed legislation released by the Massachusetts House of Representatives today would reduce competition and severely limit greater access to low-cost, renewable energy resources, including solar and wind energy. If passed, this legislation would keep less money in the pockets of New England consumers. […]

Massachusetts Urged to Boost Renewable Energy Targets

By Emily Norton and Francis Pullaro 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 […]

New York Should Adopt New England’s Successful Policies of Contracts for Renewable Energy

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 […]

New Mass. Coalition of Nonprofit & Business Group Launch Alliance for Clean Energy Solutions (ACES)

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 […]

RENEW Congratulates Abby Krich for Rising Star Award

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 […]

Reducing Reliance on Natural Gas through 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 report concludes that a combination of new clean energy policies to encourage large- scale increases in the […]

How Low-Cost Can U.S. Offshore Wind Go? New Study Looks at the Power of Scale in Massachusetts

This post is by John Rogers who is a senior energy analyst with the Union of Concerned Scientists and a director on the RENEW Northeast board. 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 […]

Speakers Debate Massachusetts Clean Energy Legislation

Speakers at the EUCI US/Canada Cross-Border Power Summit on March 15, 2016, debated New England energy policies including pending legislation in Massachusetts on the procurement of clean energy resources, as reported by RTO Insider, “Market Policies, Emissions Goals on Collision Course in New England.” Francis Pullaro, executive director of RENEW Northeast, which represents renewable energy […]

RENEW Supports ISO New England Interconnection Process Improvements

RENEW Northeast submitted comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in support of ISO New England’s filing requesting approval of Interconnection Process Improvements that will reduce the time needed to complete the Interconnection Studies for wind and inverter-based generators and should improve curtailment and performance issues in system operations for these types of generators. Since […]