Massachusetts orders utilities to buy at least 16% of their electricity from "clean" energy sources in 2018

As seen in the article excerpts below, this latest state coercion from Mass was pushed by Conservation Law Foundation, CLF. Let's not forget that CLF's affiliate is CLF Ventures which develops wind-related investment funds/strategies, for example:

How much money does CLF take in as a result of wind power? Who are their funders?


The regulations, announced Aug. 11 in response to a 2016 court order, include a Clean Energy Standard (CES) that requires utilities and competitive suppliers in the state to procure increasing amounts of electricity from clean energy sources every year, with the minimum percentage increasing 2 points annually to reach 80% in 2050........The new procurement rules are like those of the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard, while the emissions targets are stricter than CO2 limits under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the cap-and-trade system agreed on by nine Northeastern states.............The state acted in response to a 2014 lawsuit by the Conservation Law Foundation that accused Massachusetts officials of failing to enact regulations needed to meet the targets set by the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act. The state’s top court ruled in favor of CLF in May 2016.

CLF helped win passage of the climate change law, which requires Massachusetts to issue regulations to incrementally reduce greenhouse gas emissions each year.......................

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Comment by Penny Gray on August 18, 2017 at 4:28pm

If Maine decided to build a nuclear power plant in Massachusetts, how would that go over?

Comment by Eskutassis on August 18, 2017 at 12:37pm

It's high time we tell Massachusetts what they can do with their unrealistic environmental requirements. We will NOT become the industrial wasteland for Massachusetts. We should do as The President did and renounce the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act. We in Maine have one of the cleanest renewable portfolios in the Nation and could make it better by having a new natural gas pipeline to heat our homes and run what little industry we currently have. As with Massachusetts, most of our emissions come from transportation, not electricity production. Maine is no longer a colony of Mass. We do not have to support them and their laws.

Comment by Jim Wiegand on August 18, 2017 at 11:55am

Just another layer of the corporate rigging.

Comment by Art Brigades on August 18, 2017 at 9:43am

CLF are just another faddish airhead policy group that does some good, but much more harm, with its feel-good public relations campaigns turned policy initiatives.  For a glimpse at the dearth of critical thinking at CLF, check out the hollowness of this excerpt:

"...They also tap the transportation sector by requiring state, city and regional transportation planning agencies to evaluate and report the aggregate GHG emissions of their facilities, fleets and programs..."

Public sector fleets must evaluate and report CO2 emissions.  That is all.  Power companies must upend their entire way of doing business.

Massachusetts CO2 emissions are almost 50% from the transportation sector. The Massachusetts electricity generating sector emits less than 20% of the Bay State's CO2.  Two and a half times less. So all this desperate sentiment to quash electricity generation which is already pretty clean begets misguided policy. Result: blast away Maine's Quality of Place with unsustainable, useless and unnecessary industrial wind factories that do little to nothing to reduce CO2.


Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power


Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.”

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

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