With the cold weather upon us, and a lot of debate about how to supply our energy needs, we can take a look at the power of wind. Wind is actually stronger in the wintertime when it gets colder. The advantages of using wind to reduce natural gas needs in cold weather are real, and especially relevant to the debate over whether or not it makes sense to invest more into gas pipelines.
January 12, 2017 2:43 PM EDT
Within the next couple of weeks, former Texas Governor Rick Perry will appear before Congress for hearings on his nomination for Secretary of Energy under the Trump administration. Mr. Perry clearly subscribes to an “all of the above” strategy on energy—and that could leave us exposed to serious consumer and environmental risks from an over reliance on natural gas. There is another way: prioritize clean, cost-effective renewable energy. Read more >
December 14, 2016 3:45 PM EDT
The Polar Vortex in 2014 revealed issues with over-reliance on natural gas and under-appreciation of wind and customer demand response. The Union of Concerned Scientists is pushing to correct mistakes when made when the low price of natural gas for most of the year fooled a lot of people who should know better. Assumptions that natural gas would be just as available in a cold snap as in mild weather created havoc with electric power plants that rely, perhaps over-rely, on natural gas when the cold snap came. Read more >
August 17, 2016 4:46 PM EDT
April 7, 2016 11:21 AM EDT
Massachusetts now stands at a crossroads in planning for its energy future. The state’s choices will have ramifications far beyond its borders. The question now before state officials: What sources of electricity should replace the closure of many coal plants in the state and region, and the scheduled retirement of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant? Read more >