Russian Hackers Appear Focused on Disrupting U.S. Power Grid

According to U.S. intelligence officials and technology company executives, state-sponsored Russian hackers appear more focused in disrupting the U.S. power grid than midterm elections. Apart from attempts to infiltrate the online accounts of two Senate Democrats who are up for re-election, intelligence officials have seen relatively little effort by Russian hackers aimed at major U.S…..

The NE Pipeline Debate Rages On

The hotly contested debate over whether New England needs a new pipeline infrastructure raged on at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee last week. At the committee, Joe Kelliher, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and now executive vice president at NextEra Energy, questioned the need for a new pipeline. Kelliher….

Wind and Solar to Comprise 50% of Global Generation by 2050?

According to a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), wind and solar power may comprise 50 percent of global electricity generation by 2050. 65 researchers from BNEF assembled data on the evolving cost of clean energy technologies across the globe and put together the 150-page New Energy Outlook (NEO) 2018 report. The researchers predict….

Baker Administration Proposes Clean Peak Policy for MA

Last week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s administration introduced a bill for a policy that would stipulate more use of clean energy during Massachusetts’ hours of peak demand grid. The policy represents an allocation of $1.4 billion toward climate change and environmental protection. The bill, Clean Peak Standard, would align with the state’s greenhouse gas reduction….

MA DOER Releases Final Regulations for SMART Solar Program

In January, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) released the final regulations for its Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART), a new solar program that eliminates and replaces the Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SREC) program. The SREC program allows investors to trade credits for their clean power on an open market. But SREC reached its….

NSTAR Files New Electric Rates for Eastern MA

This week, Eversource Energy (formerly known as NSTAR) filed proposed basic service electric rates with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) for large commercial and industrial customers in eastern Massachusetts (both northeastern and southeastern). The rates are effective starting April 1, 2018 and are for April – June. The proposed electric rates (subject to….

ISO-NE Releases Results for Forward Capacity Auction for 2021-2022

Auction secures sufficient resources to meet demand at the lowest clearing price in five years ISO-NE’s headquarters in Holyoke, MA On Thursday, February 8, ISO New England Inc., the Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) serving New England, released the preliminary results for its 12th annual capacity auction (FCA #12). The auction is designed to procure resources….

N.H. Denies M.A. Northern Pass—But Just a Temporary Setback?

On Thursday, the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) denied an essential state permit to Northern Pass Transmission, a $1.6 billion Eversource project that would deliver Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts via a 192-mile transmission line. Massachusetts gave preliminary approval to the project as recently as last week. The committee argued the project failed to show….

Massachusetts Approves Northern Pass

Last Thursday, Massachusetts gave preliminary approval to Eversource’s $1.6 billion Northern Pass proposal. Northern Pass would be the largest procurement of renewable energy in the history of Massachusetts. It was selected among bids submitted under the Global Warming Solutions Act, a law passed that was passed two years ago calling for a boost to the….