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Report- Dark Days Ahead: Financial Factors Cloud Future Profitability at Dominion’s Brayton Point

Dark Days Ahead: Financial Factors Cloud Future Profitability at Dominion’s Brayton Point (pdf).      

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IEEFA Update (Corrected): Wind in the Wires, and More on the Way

30 States Have Projects Under Construction or in Advanced Development

Wind power is a rapidly growing source of electricity in the U.S., doubling its share of generation in just five years, to 4.9 percent in 2015. The declining cost of wind power, along with cheap natural gas, has put tremendous financial pressure on both coal-fired and nuclear power plants, and is changing the mix of fuels […]

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On the Blogs: States Are Where The Renewables Revolution Is Taking Root

Chris Brown for the Huffington Post: Some are calling recent clean-energy actions by New York, Massachusetts and Iowa “game-changers.” That might very well prove true in the medium-term. But we can say with confidence that they are immediate game-advancers. Why? Energy markets are affected by policy, but they are driven by price. The underlying business […]

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Offshore Wind ‘on the Verge of Rapid Growth’

Justin Gillis for the New York Times: Offshore wind may be on the verge of rapid growth in the United States. Using a law passed by a Republican-led Congress in 2005 and signed by President George W. Bush, the Obama administration has been clarifying the ground rules and leasing out large patches of the ocean […]

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Massachusetts Opens Offshore Wind Market

Chelsea Harvey for the Washington Post: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a new energy law on Monday that could give a huge boost to the country’s offshore wind industry. The legislation, which was overwhelmingly passed last week by the state legislature, includes the nation’s biggest commitment to offshore wind energy, requiring utilities to procure a […]

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Massachusetts Passes Bill to Develop Offshore Wind Farms

From the Associated Press: House and Senate negotiators reached agreement late Sunday on major bills including one that sought a dramatic increase in the state’s reliance on offshore wind and other renewable energy sources. A top priority for Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic legislative leaders, the energy bill would require utilities to solicit long-term […]

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Stirrings of Offshore Wind Development in the Northeast U.S.

Policy Initiatives in New York and Massachusetts Could Lift the Industry Regionally; First Turbines Go Up Next Month

Offshore wind development along the East Coast of the U.S. may finally be on the verge of getting under way in earnest, thanks to recent policy developments in Massachusetts and New York. While land-based wind-powered capacity has boomed across the nation’s midsection, where a total of 45 gigawatts is now installed across 11 states from Minnesota […]

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U.S. Wind Industry Reports Most Installations in Three Years

Ashleigh Cotting for SNL: Wind installations in the United States totaled 4,420 MW during fourth quarter 2015, making it the best quarter for the industry since fourth quarter 2012. Fourth-quarter installations accounted for 53% of all new wind capacity brought online in 2015. Texas and Oklahoma combined for nearly half of the installed capacity, totaling […]

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The Nine-State Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: A Potential Model for U.S. Carbon-Emissions Reductions

An Instructive Path Forward for Clean Power Plan Compliance

Last month as Senate Republicans passed two resolutions to strike down provisions of the Clean Power Plan, members of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a collaboration of nine Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states, met in New York. Discussions centered on how the country’s first carbon cap-and-trade market will approach compliance with the EPA’s Clean Power […]

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AG Study: New England Doesn’t Need Another Pipeline

Sean Sullivan for SNL: A study by the Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey into the need for New England natural gas transportation infrastructure concluded that the region could get by without new pipelines. In addition, the study said, changes to wholesale markets send strong financial signals for resource developers and operators of existing assets to […]

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Move to Divest Public Pension Funds in Massachusetts

Zahra Hirji at InsideClimate News: It’s not getting the fanfare of a less-ambitious California bill, but Massachusetts is in the midst of an even bolder divestment push, calling for the state’s pension funds to completely rid themselves of fossil fuel investments. Rep. Marjorie Decker and Sen. Benjamin Downing, both Democrats, have proposed identical bills to […]

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