Boston Wants to Build Microgrids. But What about Utility Franchise Rights?

Contrary to popular thinking,  utility franchise rights aren't a big obstruction to microgrids in Massachusetts.That's the word  from a legal analysis released this week by Harvard Law School  at the request of the City of Boston. The city, which  wants to see more microgrids within its borders, asked Harvard’s Emmett Environmental Law & … [Read more...]

A Look Inside the #1 State for Energy Efficiency By the Numbers

Massachusetts has been named the #1 State for Energy Efficiency three years running by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Environment Northeast explains how the state's energy efficiency program works and shows the benefits it produces.The Green Communities Act  requires the state’s electric and natural gas distribution … [Read more...]

Microgrids and Utilities: Friend or Foe?

'Microgrids and Utilities' is the latest excerpt from our Think Microgrid guide.Microgrids face the same kind of risk as other energy projects – permitting issues, market penetration, financing, and fuel supply management. But one of the greatest and most talked about risks for a microgrid involves its relationship with the local … [Read more...]

Massachusetts and Microgrids: "Going Backwards Is Not an Option"

Ann Berwick makes clear that big change is afoot when asked about Massachusetts and microgrids.The chair of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities says that utilities better prepare as the new world of distributed energy emerges. Unless they find new ways to make money, “somebody is going to supplant them," she … [Read more...]

Massachusetts and Microgrids: “Going Backwards Is Not an Option”

Ann Berwick makes clear that big change is afoot when asked about Massachusetts and microgrids.The chair of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities says that utilities better prepare as the new world of distributed energy emerges. Unless they find new ways to make money, “somebody is going to supplant them," she … [Read more...]

Money, Microgrids and More Green Tech Plans in Massachusetts

New opportunities appear on the horizon in Massachusetts for companies that offer microgrids, smart meters, energy storage, electric vehicles and other efficiency technologies.The opportunities are arising on three tracks, as the state looks to improve its grid.First, Governor Deval Patrick has okayed $40 million to make the grid more … [Read more...]