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Clean Energy Businesses, Utilities, Environmental Groups, Municipalities Ask Legislature to Pass Legislation to Advance Solar Energy

BOSTON – With two days left in the legislative session, National Grid, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE), the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC), the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) and Environment Massachusetts are asking the House Ways and Means Committee to quickly release consensus language on...

More than 50 Massachusetts Companies Support Solar Net Metering Bill

This week, more than 50 companies – many of whom are small Massachusetts-based companies – voiced their support for HB4185, An Act Relative to Solar Net Metering, which is currently awaiting action by the Massachusetts House of Representatives, through a letter sent to the Legislature. The companies called for the House to pass the bill, writing:...

New England States Rank High in Annual Cleantech Leadership Index

New England continues to lead the nation in clean energy, according to the 2014 Clean Tech Leadership Index by cleantech research firm Clean Edge, Inc. Three New England states—Massachusetts (2nd), Vermont (9th), and Connecticut (10th) — made the top ten cleantech leaders list. The nation’s smallest state, Rhode Island, measured up to the other New...

NECEC Joins First Wind to Support Critical Clean Energy Legislation

NECEC President Peter Rothstein joined Paul Gaynor, CEO of NECEC Member First Wind, in an op-ed that ran today and calls for the passage of the Clean Energy Resources Act, currently pending in the Massachusetts Legislature. The legislation would encourage the development of more clean energy resources in Massachusetts and throughout New England. Read below for...

Governor Patrick Calls for Legislature to Pass Net Metering Legislation

With roughly seven months left in his second term, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick delivered a rousing speech at PV America yesterday, where he emphasized his administration’s achievements in establishing a nation-leading solar market in the Bay State and called for the Legislature to pass the precedent-setting solar net metering bill being considered at by lawmakers...

EPA Proposal Creates Market Opportunities for the Clean Energy Sector

A recent webinar presentation by NECEC’s national partner Advanced Energy Economy examined how the EPA’s “Clean Power Plan” to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants stands to open major market opportunities for clean energy businesses across the country. On June 2, the EPA established draft regulations under section 111 (d) of the Clean Air...

SEIA and NECEC Endorse Massachusetts’s Precedent-setting Legislation to Eliminate the Solar Net Metering Cap

June 16, 2014 – BOSTON, MA – Saying it reflects consensus from major clean energy, utility and environmental stakeholders while solidifying the Commonwealth’s commitment to 1,600 MW of solar energy by 2020, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) today announced their support for proposed legislation for a...

NECEC, CLEAN ENERGY COMPANIES APPLAUD OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S EFFORT TO REDUCE CARBON POLLUTION FROM EXISTING POWER PLANTS

NECEC, CLEAN ENERGY COMPANIES APPLAUD OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S EFFORT TO REDUCE CARBON POLLUTION FROM EXISTING POWER PLANTS New Measures Will Spur Investment and Job Growth BOSTON – NECEC applauds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) draft regulations to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, released today. NECEC...

Study Highlights Positive Economic Impacts of DG in Rhode Island

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 13, 2014 Contact: Kate Plourd 617 500 9993 kplourd@cleanenergycouncil.org NECEC STATEMENT ON THE RHODE ISLAND OFFICE OF ENERGY RESOURCES DISTRIBUTED GENERATION ECONOMIC IMPACT REPORT Providence, RI—The Distributed Generation Standard Contracts and Renewable Energy Fund Jobs, Economic and Environmental Impact Study, released today by the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources and...

NECEC Moderates Panel Discussion on Clean Energy Tax Policy

NECEC’s Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs Janet Gail Besser moderated an exciting panel this week about clean energy tax policy at both the state and federal level. Sponsored by Grant Thornton, the panel focused on the latest developments on tax reform in Washington and how it could affect the clean energy industry as...

NECEC President Joins New York Times Energy Incentive Debate

Earlier this week, The  New York Times published a letter I wrote in response to its recent editorial about increasing attempts by “Big Carbon” advocates to roll back state renewable energy laws. The editorial showcases a self-interested campaign taking place across the country to undercut the growing role of renewable energy in our electricity system. While...

Connecticut Lawmakers Approve Wind Siting Regs

Connecticut lawmakers approved wind siting regulations this week, removing a three-year moratorium on wind energy projects in the state. The General Assembly’s Regulations Review Committee approved the regulations, which establish rules for set back requirements, a decommissioning process and rules regarding noise and “flicker” shadow from wind projects. NECEC’s President Peter Rothstein published an op-ed...