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El momento para una transición a energía limpia en East Boston ha llegado

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Este es el tercero de una serie de cuatro blogs sobre East Boston, una Controvertida Subestación Eléctrica y las Oportunidades para una Transición a Energía Limpia

 

Ahora mismo, las compañías de energía eléctrica y otros actores principales del sector energético están tomando decisiones críticas que tendrán consecuencias a largo plazo. Estas decisiones pueden facilitar una transición a fuentes locales de energía limpia o atarnos por décadas a modelos energéticos costosos, tradicionales y centralizados.

Una de estas decisiones la está tomando la Junta de Permisos para Infraestructura Energética (Energy Facilities Siting Board o EFSB en inglés) de Massachusetts, sobre la propuesta de Eversource de ubicar una subestación eléctrica de alto voltaje en Eagle Hill, un vecindario densamente poblado de East Boston. Read more >

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A Clean Energy Alternative to a Risky Proposed Substation in East Boston

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This is the third of a four-part blog series on East Boston, a Controversial Substation, and Opportunities for a Clean Energy Transition.  

Right now, utilities and other key actors in the energy sector are making critical decisions that could have implications far into our future. These decisions will either enable a transition to local clean energy or lock us in for decades to expensive, traditional, and centralized energy models.

One such decision is playing out in East Boston, as the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) considers a proposal from Eversource to locate a substation in the densely populated Eagle Hill neighborhood. Read more >

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Will Democratic Candidates Finally Talk About Democracy Tonight?

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Ten Democratic presidential candidates will be onstage tonight for their fifth debate, a little more than two months before the first primary votes are cast. One of the sponsors, The Washington Post, has provided details on six key issue areas and candidate positions that may be addressed during the debate, including “government” and “climate change.” Unfortunately there is little indication that there will be any questions about how “government” affects “climate change” and how strengthening democracy will enable us to find better solutions to climate change. That’s a conversation that can expand public interest in and understanding of the link between our democratic institutions and our ability to solve big problems.

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How Does Uneconomic Coal Generation Impact the Grid? A Discussion with Regulators

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On November 19th I had the privilege to sit on a panel of industry luminaries discussing an issue I’ve been researching for some time: Coal-fired power plants that operate uneconomically in wholesale markets.

Wholesale power markets all have rules in place that are designed to prevent power plants from running uneconomically. However, some power plant operators use those same market rules to bypass the market decision-making process through a process known as “self-committing.” Self-committing coal-fired power plants allow those plants to operate out of “merit-order” (from least cost to highest cost) and can result in serious market distortion and inflated consumer costs. Read more >

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Toyota is Siding with Trump – I’m Just One of Many Angry Prius Owners

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Dear Fellow Prius Drivers –

Were you as mad at Toyota as I was when you learned that they are actively undermining the Clean Air Act by siding with the Trump administration as they attack state authority and undermine emissions standards?  If so, you are not alone.

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