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 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 […]

RENEW Calls for Extending Rhode Island Renewable Energy Standard

On February 9, 2016, RENEW testified in support of H-7413 before the Rhode Island House Committee on Corporations in support of extending Rhode Island’s Renewable Energy Standard beyond the current goal of 16 percent by 2019. In calling for 1.5 percent annual increases from 2020 to 2035, RENEW explained how renewable energy development outperforms fossil […]

RENEW Urges Support for Existing Maine Renewable Energy Standard

RENEW submitted testimony on March 19, 2015, to the Maine Energy, Utilities & Technology Committee opposing changes to Maine’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (“RPS”) that will allow large Canadian hydropower to qualify.  This proposed change effectively overlooks the sound reasoning behind the numerous prior decisions by state legislatures in New England to do just the opposite […]

RENEW Testifies in Favor of Increasing Renewable Energy for Rhode Island

On January 29, 2015, RENEW testified before the Rhode Island House Committee on Corporations in support of extending Rhode Island’s Renewable Energy Standard beyond the current goal of 16 percent by 2019. In calling for 1.5 percent annual increases from 2020 to 2035, RENEW explained how renewable energy development outperforms fossil fuels in two important […]

Connecticut Promotes New, Affordable Renewable Energy in the State and New England

Renewable Energy New England, Inc., (RENEW) applauds Governor Dannel Malloy for supporting new statutory provisions that will expand the benefits of affordable renewable energy for Connecticut electricity customers. Those provisions, included in larger energy legislation Senate Bill 1138 and House Bill 6360, both of which recently achieved final passage in the legislature, will help encourage […]

RENEW Urges DEEP to Replace Retiring Fossil Fuel Plants with Renewables

RENEW and the Conservation Law Foundation jointly filed comments with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) on its draft 2012 Integrated Resource Plan. In our comments we urge DEEP in its final draft to better protect ratepayer interests and the environment by recognizing that obsolescence and the market are rendering much of […]

Expansion of Renewable Energy Procurements Equals Savings

RENEW urged the Massachusetts General Court’s Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy to raise utility procurements of renewable energy pursuant to the Green Communities Act of 2008 from a minimum of 3 percent to at least 9 percent of utility demand by 2016 in order to meet the requirements of Massachusetts’ Renewable Portfolio Standard […]