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Electricity rates to rise for Western Massachusetts customers

By: Will Soltero | Electricity rate hikes that could bring an additional $36 million in annual revenue to energy company Eversource were approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities on Thursday, Nov. 30. It is unclear whether the University of Massachusetts will see any changes to its rates or coverage. Initially seeking rate increases … Read more

Massachusetts Still Tops State Energy Efficiency Ranking

As more states struggle with extreme weather events, the 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard gives state-level policymakers a road map for building stronger and more-resilient communities. The 11th annual report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) shows which states are doing the best on energy efficiency — a critical tool for withstanding and recovering … Read more

Massachusetts Still Tops State Energy Efficiency Ranking

As more states struggle with extreme weather events, the 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard gives state-level policymakers a road map for building stronger and more-resilient communities. The 11th annual report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) shows which states are doing the best on energy efficiency — a critical tool for withstanding and recovering … Read more

Massachusetts presents proposed final version of 1600 MW solar policy

By: Christian Roselund | When Republican Charlie Baker won the gubernatorial election in Massachusetts in 2014, this author was among those who openly questioned if he would have the kind of vision for solar in Massachusetts that his predecessor, Governor Deval Patrick (D) showed with the state’s initial 1600 MW solar goal. As such, it … Read more

Changes Coming to the Electric Supply Market in Massachusetts

By: ElectricChoice.com | In 1997, the state of Massachusetts passed several laws that required public utilities to open up the electricity market to competition within the state. Retail energy suppliers at this time had the opportunity to provide the supply of electricity to customers, while utilities still maintained control over delivery and maintenance. In December of 2014, … Read more

Electric Capacity Markets Are Failing the Northeast

By: Bill Bottiggi | This week, Boston welcomes the Quadrennial Energy Review roadshow to town for a stakeholder engagement meeting. The QER process began in January 2014 when President Obama issued a memorandum directing the administration to translate energy-related policy goals into recommended actions through 2018. Season one of the QER, which ran in 2015, … Read more

National Grid Electricity Rates To Plummet This Spring

National Grid has good news for its Massachusetts customers: Expect lower electricity bills this spring. The energy company says that starting May 1, the average residential customer will see a bill that’s roughly 23 percent lower than their current bill, which amounts to about a $25 savings. After April 30, the price per kilowatt hour … Read more

Massachusetts Leaders Warn Against Change In Proposed Solar Power Bill

By: Brett Reyes | An agreement in ME reached by stakeholders on both sides, however, would end most net metering and instead allow utilities to pay rates set by regulators under 20-year price agreements with homeowners and small businesses. The state’s utilities oppose keeping the higher retail rates. On Monday, dozens of MA mayors and … Read more