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Mass Energy & People’s Power & Light 2016 Recap

Posted by Eugenia Gibbons and Kat Burnham on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 @ 01:35 PM

 

2016 has been a tremendous year for Mass Energy and People’s Power & Light. Our organizations have done great work, have launched several new initiatives, and together with collaborative partners we will continue to rise to the challenges ahead. We take a moment here to look back at 2016.

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Tags: events, environmental policy, electric vehicles, pipeline

Commonwealth Magazine: Time to turn page on natural gas

Posted by Eugenia T. Gibbons on Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 04:12 PM

Our Clean Energy Director, Eugenia Gibbons, wrote an article debunking the Access Northeast letter to policymakers that is featured in Commonwealth Magazine today.

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Tags: environmental policy, pipeline

DPU approval for pipeline tax sought no more, but Spectra project still very much in the works

Posted by Eugenia T. Gibbons on Thursday, August 25, 2016 @ 11:59 AM

In light of SJC ruling, utilities withdraw petitions that would have allowed for pipeline tax.

This week Eversource and National Grid formally filed a motion to withdraw petitions seeking approval of long term gas capacity contracts related to the Access Northeast (ANE) Project by Spectra Energy. The hotly contested tax would have helped finance pipeline construction. This move came less than a week after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) issued its decision finding the unprecedented cost-recovery scheme proposed by the utilities, which also happen to hold substantial financial interests in ANE, violates the 1997 Restructuring Act.

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Tags: environmental policy, pipeline

Arrogance and Greed of the Pipeline Tax

Posted by Larry Chretien on Monday, August 22, 2016 @ 09:36 AM

On August 17, 2016, we were thrilled to learn that the Mass. Supreme Judicial Court ruled that taxing electricity ratepayers to finance a natural gas (read – fracked methane) pipeline was illegal according to the 1997 Electric Restructuring Act.  We saw the scheme, jointly proposed by Spectra, Eversource, and National Grid, and strongly backed by the Baker Administration and House Speaker Robert DeLeo, as being awful for consumers and the environment.  Spectra Energy is the pipeline project developer.  Eversource and National Grid are investor-owned regulated monopoly utilities, that combined have a 60% financial stake in Access Northeast.

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Tags: environmental policy, pipeline

Pipeline Tax Dead: State’s highest court rules in favor of ratepayers and the environment

Posted by Eugenia T. Gibbons on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 @ 12:36 PM

Boston, MA – The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) issued a decision on Wednesday morning affirming what consumer and environmental advocates have maintained all along: the utility-proposed ‘pipeline tax’ violates Massachusetts law. The unprecedented scheme proposed by National Grid and Eversource and approved last fall by the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) would have allowed utilities to recover costs of long-term gas capacity contracts by applying an additional charge on consumers’ monthly electric bills.

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Tags: environmental policy, pipeline

Poll shows strong opposition to consumer financing of gas pipelines

Posted by Eugenia T. Gibbons on Monday, July 18, 2016 @ 05:23 PM

The People Over Pipelines march, which began on Thursday, July 14, culminated this morning in a rally at the State House. Nearly 200 people turned out in support of legislative action that would protect electric ratepayers from being saddled with costs from the proposed Spectra Energy Access Northeast project and others like it. At the same time that this rally was taking place, Mass Energy released the results of a survey of Massachusetts adults conducted by YouGov.com, an independent, bipartisan polling firm that conducts public opinion surveys worldwide.

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Tags: environmental policy, pipeline

The Natural Gas Pipeline Tax is Not Dead Yet. We Have Work to Do.

Posted by Eugenia T. Gibbons on Friday, July 08, 2016 @ 03:04 PM

Last week, the Senate overwhelmingly passed S.2400: An act to promote energy diversity. Included in the bill was Amendment #1, a unanimously adopted prohibition of the proposed “pipeline tax.” Readers of this blog are aware that Mass Energy is strongly opposed to proposals by Eversource and National Grid to increase rates on Massachusetts electricity customers in order to finance Spectra’s Access Northeast $3 billion gas pipeline. We are thrilled that the State Senate has done its part to kill this bad idea, but the game is not over.

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Tags: environmental policy, pipeline

Kinder Morgan on hold indefinitely, but the specter of Spectra still looms

Posted by Eugenia T. Gibbons on Friday, April 29, 2016 @ 02:55 PM

 

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Validation from the AG’s Study: More Gas Pipeline Capacity Not Needed

Posted by Larry Chretien on Sunday, January 10, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

As readers of the blog are aware, on October 26 I voted against the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Three-Year Plan for 2016-2018. I did so primarily because the plan represented a retreat on energy savings in the Commercial and Industrial (C&I). Compared to every other resource, savings from that sector is the cheapest by a country mile.

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Tags: environmental policy, pipeline

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