Massachusetts Industry

Why are gas utilities writing Massachusetts’ decarbonization strategy?

• Massachusetts advocates ask why gas utilities are literally writing the first draft of the state’s decarbonization strategy when that industry has the most to lose in the process. (Boston Globe) • A Baltimore-area resident dies after improperly disconnecting a gas range before lighting a candle, causing an explosion that...
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Government Technology

Mass. Gov. Proposes $750M for Offshore Wind Investment

(TNS) — Gov. Charlie Baker has filed “game-changing legislation” to invest $750 million into clean energy and pull back strict pricing requirements on procurements in an effort to attract more onshore economic development needed for the state’s emerging offshore wind industry. “We’re ensuring that Massachusetts retains its leading-edge position in...
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Daily Hampshire Gazette

Lisa Hall: Mass. can do better than NE hydro power plan

In searching for ways to meet Massachusetts’ clean energy goals, we need to be cautious in embracing Central Maine Power’s proposed “New England Clean Energy Connect” project (NECEC). While big hydroelectric production looks like “clean” energy, digging deeper, there are significant problems. First, it is not entirely “clean,” according to...
Huntsville Item

First crop planted at Massachusetts shellfish farm

ROWLEY, Massachusetts — The Great Marsh Shellfish Co. has officially started a growout farm and planted its first oyster crop in the water in Massachusetts. Brenden Doyle, a Gloucester resident and U.S. Navy veteran, purchased the property a couple of years ago with the hope of fulfilling his lifelong dream of operating an oyster farm.

Massachusetts' Once-Abandoned Mills Are Now Living The High Life

Massachusetts’ textile and paper mills were crucial drivers of the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century. More than 150 years later, the state’s $2B cannabis industry is reinvigorating its many long-dormant brick and stone warehouses. Cannabis growers, retailers and manufacturers are leasing and buying old mills and fixing them up...

Massachusetts Gov. Baker files legislation to invest $750 Million in clean energy innovation, workforce development

Bill Includes Key Policy Changes to Offshore Wind Procurement Process. BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker announced that the Baker-Polito Administration will file legislation to direct $750 million to support the continued growth and development of the Commonwealth’s clean energy industry. The legislation, An Act to Power Massachusetts’ Clean Energy Economy, would establish a new Clean Energy Investment Fund, totaling $750 million, that would support innovation, research and development, and job training in the clean energy sector, significantly expanding Massachusetts’s national leadership on clean energy and climate change.

Brookfield Renewable moving national control center out of Massachusetts

Brookfield Renewable is moving the national control center for its hydroelectric, solar and wind power generation business out of Marlborough, Massachusetts to upstate New York. The Toronto-based company plans to double its footprint and nearly triple the workforce at its Queensbury operations center where it has leased space from real...

Gas Prices Rise 9 Cents In Massachusetts As Crude Oil Gets More Expensive

BOSTON (CBS) — The average price of gas in Massachusetts rose sharply in the past week, according to AAA. The cost per gallon went up 9 cents, averaging at $3.19 per gallon. That’s still below the national average, which rose 7 cents to reach $3.27 a gallon. Crude oil is getting more expensive, and AAA says that’s the reason for more pain at the pump in the United States. “The key driver for this recent rise in the price of gas is crude oil, which typically accounts for between 50% and 60% of the price at the pump,” AAA Northeast’s Mary Maguire said in a statement.  “And last week’s decision by OPEC and its oil-producing allies to not increase production further also helped boost gas prices by tightening the supply.” The average cost of gas in Massachusetts has risen 11 cents in the past month and is $1.08 higher than what it was in October of 2020.  

Massachusetts named third most energy efficient state in the US, according to WalletHub

Massachusetts was named the third most energy efficient state in the county in a new WalletHub study. “Energy is expensive. In fact, it’s one of the biggest household expenses for American consumers. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average U.S. family spends at least $2,000 per year on utilities, with heating and cooling of spaces alone accounting for more than half the bill,” the website read.
Sentinel & Enterprise

Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund opens early

CANTON — Energy companies from across Massachusetts are coming together to support neighbors in need with the announcement that the Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund (GNEF) opened last week to all eligible households, according to an announcement from the fund. The fund helps families and individuals impacted by a temporary...

Massachusetts Congressman Still Taking Money From Big Tobacco

Do politicians still take money from Big Tobacco in 2021?. Yes, and that includes one politician from Massachusetts. U.S. Representative Richard Neal (D-Springfield) has taken the tobacco industry’s money for years — and continues to do so. Neal is the chairman of the powerful U.S. House Ways and Means Committee. It “has jurisdiction over all taxation, tariffs, and other revenue-raising measures,” according to the Ways and Means Committee’s web site. As a result, Neal is one of the top corporate political action committee money recipients in the U.S. House of Representatives.