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Update on Offshore and Onshore Wind in New England

The first in a series of offshore wind conferences hosted in New England kicked off this week with Offshore Wind Power USA in Boston. The conference’s keynote speaker, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, stated he was confident that the sale of offshore wind leases for a 257-square miles area between Massachusetts’ Martha’s Vineyard and...

Globe: Rothstein Quoted on Slow but Steadier Industry Growth

The Boston Globe‘s Erin Ailworth reports on the changing clean technology landscape, saying that cleantech companies are  growing more cautiously and steadily in order to protect private sector and government investments. NECEC President Peter Rothstein explained that this trend reflects a maturing industry preparing itself for more long-term growth: “Everyone hopes that this is not going...

Richard Lester’s Globe Op-Ed: “Look to the States”

Richard Lester, MIT Professor and NECEC Board Member, makes a strong and timely argument for states, regions and private sector partners to take the lead in a new, regional energy innovation process to accelerate new clean energy technology development and deployment that can contribute to addressing climate change. Below is his op-ed, published in the...

Globe Editorial: “Republican ads in Maine distort the truth”

The Boston Globe ran an editorial about the role of campaign ads “distorting the truth” related to clean energy in the Maine Senate race.  While NECEC is a non-partisan organization, and does not endorse candidates for elected office, we commend the Globe for calling out these distortions and pointing out the above-board financing arrangements in...

Massachusetts’ Solar Market is Booming, Thanks in Part to Chain Retailers

The Boston Globe’s Erin Ailworth reports that the solar energy market in Massachusetts is growing rapidly, cutting both utility costs and carbon emissions across the Commonwealth. The growth is largely due to state incentives and other policies that encourage the adoption of renewables, as well as the region’s relatively high energy costs, which make solar...

Boston Globe Opinion Pieces Tout Economic & Environmental Benefits of RGGI

Thomas Stone, a senior research associate at Woods Hole Research Center, wrote the following letter to the editor in response to an August 26 editorial in the Boston Globe, which is printed at the bottom of the page. The authors agree on the merits of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), pointing out the numerous...

Boston Globe Column Offers Hope for Bipartisan Clean Energy Support

Derrick Jackson’s recent column in the Boston Globe, printed below, reminds us that, even just a few years ago, clean energy was not a partisan issue. Over much of the past decade, support for growing the clean energy economy and mitigating the effects of climate change has been a bipartisan effort. We anticipate that there...

Mayor Menino to Install Solar Panels on his House with Solarize Mass Program

The Boston Globe reports on Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s plans to install solar panels on the roof of his family’s home. He made his announcement at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new solar farm—now the second largest solar array in Boston—at the Drydock Center in the Seaport District. “It’ll reduce cost of energy for...

Energy Bill Passes in MA House and Senate; Now Awaits Governor’s Signature

The New England Clean Energy Council applauds the Massachusetts House and Senate on their recent passage of comprehensive energy legislation that is critical to moving Massachusetts’ thriving clean energy economy forward. The Commonwealth leads the nation in energy efficiency, and the clean energy sector is the most rapidly growing industry in the state, already employing...

Nation’s First Commercial Tidal Energy Project Brings Benefits to Maine Community

The Boston Globe reports on the nation’s first commercial tidal energy project, which was dedicated on Tuesday in Eastport, Maine. The twenty underwater turbines, which are expected to begin operations in September, will eventually produce enough electricity to power some 1,200 homes. This project is just the beginning of a potentially significant new industry—the Department...

The Push for Clean Energy

Inspired in part by the continuing Solyndra debate and recent comments by the New York Times on the automotive industry’s stance on electric vehicles, a recent Boston Globe Editorial highlights the results of political uncertainty on federal funding on a national and local level.  NECEC’s President Peter Rothstein weighed in on the Globe piece, citing those costs. Continuing,...
We're all Customers of Green Electricity

We’re all Customers of Green Electricity

The Boston Globe ran a story on January 31st on Nstar’s Green program, describing its price surcharge, volatility and modest uptake. As a program which offers a a 50% or 100% renewable option for those few customers who are highly-dedicated early-adopters, the program was never intended as a major sales channel for renewables.  However, the...