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Where Does Massachusetts Get Its Electricity? The Bay State’s Energy Scene by the Numbers

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

Massachusetts’s electricity mix is a hot topic these days, from the pages of the local papers to the governor’s State of the Commonwealth address. While we’re thinking about our energy future, it’s helpful to think about our energy past, and how far we’ve come—plus what more we need to do to make sure we’ve got safe, affordable, reliable, and clean electricity. Here’s the Massachusetts energy scene by the numbers (Hint: it’s about 0, 58, 4, 1,…). Read more >

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Kansas House of Representatives Says “no” to Attack on Renewable Electricity Standard

, , director of state policy & analysis, Clean Energy

Great news out of Kansas! Just one day after the Kansas Senate voted to repeal the state’s renewable electricity standard (RES), the House of Representatives sent the measure packing by an overwhelming 77-44 vote margin. This is a victory for renewable energy in Kansas and across the nation. It is also yet another direct rebuke to the shady tactics and misleading cost analysis put forth by clean energy opponents like Americans for Prosperity, Heartland Institute, and ALEC; all of which are funded by the Kansas-based Koch brothers. Read more >

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The Effect of Wind Turbines on Property Values: A New Study in Massachusetts Provides Some Answers

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

A new study looked at how well wind turbines and homes fit together in Massachusetts, and found no evidence that wind turbines affect property values. That finding is consistent with other recent work from a range of states across the country. And it’s good news for everybody wanting to get wind turbines sited responsibly, in the Bay State and beyond. Read more >

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Even as Coal Use Declines, Most States Are Still Dependent on Coal Imports

, director of state policy & analysis, Clean Energy

The use of coal to produce electricity in the United States has been declining in recent years. Yet for most states still heavily dependent on coal-fired power, the cost of importing coal continues to be a drain on local economies. According to a new Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) analysis, 37 states were net importers of coal in 2012, paying a total of $19.4 billion to import 433 million tons of coal from other states and even some foreign countries. Instead of sending billions of ratepayer dollars out of those states year after year, consumers would be better served by investing more in local renewable energy development and energy efficiency measures. Read more >

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Fact Checking ALEC’s Attacks on Ohio’s Clean Energy Standards

, director of state policy & analysis, Clean Energy

Members of the Ohio Senate Public Utilities Committee heard testimony this week on two bills that would roll back Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards. Backed by fossil-fuel funded special interest groups and their political allies, these proposals would undermine Ohio’s emerging clean energy industries and make the state even more dependent on coal and natural gas. Read more >

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