Eversource Rates to Increase by Over 20%

Eversource Energy (formerly known as NSTAR) filed basic service electric rates with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) for the period starting January 1, 2018 that are over 20% higher than current rates. Separate from its default service procurement, Eversource has pending customary updates to other by-passable riders which are included in the total….

Rick Perry Asks FERC to Adopt Rules for Coal and Nuclear Plants

Last week, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry issued a letter asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to consider adopting rules that would provide non-market compensation to generating units like coal and nuclear power plants. Per federal statute, the FERC is obligated to at least consider Perry’s proposal, but is not required to accept it…..

NGRID Electric Default Rates to Increase by 34%

National Grid (NGRID) recently filed electric default rates with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) that are set to increase a massive 34 percent starting November 1. Both residential and commercial customers will be affected by the filing. For example, residential customers can expect NGRID’s fixed basic service rate to increase from $0.09432 per….

Hurricane Jose to Strike New England?

Hurricane Jose path

As Hurricane Jose makes its way up the east coast, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued a tropical storm warning for parts of New England: from Watch Hill, Rhode Island, to Hull, Massachusetts, including Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. A tropical storm watch has also been issued along the coast of Long Island….

Devastating Harvey Shuts Down Refineries, Power

Hurricane Harvey path

Over the past few days, Hurricane Harvey has devastated thousands of people in southeastern Texas and the surrounding area. The category 4 hurricane has topped 130 miles per hour and dumped 50 inches of rain around Houston. In addition to this unprecedented devastation, the hurricane has also wreaked havoc on the region’s refining industry. According….

Regulations Could Count Biomass as a Form of Renewable Energy in MA

The Baker administration plans to propose rules that would count woody biomass – a fuel that comes from felling trees and clearing brush in forests – as a form of renewable energy. Under the proposal, users of woody biomass could be rewarded with subsidiaries. The administration claims that biomass is part of the effort to….

Massachusetts to Get New Offshore Wind Farm?

Last week, Deepwater Wind, an offshore wind and transmission developer based in Providence, Rhode Island, announced plans to bring a new offshore wind farm to Massachusetts. Deepwater developed the country’s first offshore wind project near Block Island, Rhode Island. That project began operations in December 2016 after being initiated nine years ago. (The developer has….

Solar Eclipse to Threaten Solar Power?

Solar Eclipse map

Next month’s solar eclipse could threaten solar farms and rooftop panels across the United States, in the process wiping out enough power to supply seven million homes. A total solar eclipse has not occurred in the U.S. since 1979. On August 21, however, the moon will totally obscure the sun and cast a 70-mile-wide shadow….

Eversource Files New Default Rates in NH

Recently, Public Service Company of New Hampshire (Eversource) filed new default energy service rates with the New Hampshire PUC effective January 1, 2018. Currently, all Eversource customer classes are eligible to receive the same fixed default service rate (except for cases of competitive supply). With this new filing, however, Eversource will have two default service….

MA DPU Proposes to Modify Net Metering Rules

On May 16, 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) issued an order (docket D.P.U. 17-10) instituting a rulemaking process to modify current net metering regulations (220 C.M.R. § 18.00) as they relate to hydropower. The new provisions would, for example: add the definition of “small hydroelectric net metering facility” to the current net….