Guest commentary: Real plans for clean energy

The Westerly Sun, 4.28.15

The Governors of New England convened a special meeting in Hartford on Thursday to discuss the perilous state of the region’s energy system. Special attention was paid to the infrastructure needed to avoid the serious fuel shortages that have plagued the electric industry during the last two winters, and the even more serious problems — including brownouts, blackouts and severe price spikes — that are expected to occur unless steps are taken to prevent them. Simply stated, the Governors acknowledged the need for clean energy infrastructure. (Read More)

Statement from Green Line Infrastructure Alliance Reacting to NE Governors’ Regional Energy Forum

The statement below is from the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance in reaction to today’s announcement following the New England Governor’s Regional Energy Forum:

“We commend the New England governors for collaborating on this issue and making it a top priority, because our energy challenges and opportunities are regional and no state can address them individually. Diversifying and greening the regional energy portfolio are ‘must-haves’ to ensure our economic and environmental well-being. The innovation of delivering wind power from Northern New England firmed up by abundant and affordable hydropower from Canada via large-scale transmission is cost-effective, buildable and will help states meet their clean energy requirements. New England’s residents and businesses deserve a clean, reliable, secure energy future and we look forward to working with the governors to be part of the solution,” said Ed Krapels, CEO of Anbaric Transmission, and Stan Blazewicz, Vice President of Business Development at National Grid, the leaders of the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance.

About Green Line Infrastructure Alliance

National Grid, one of the world’s largest transmission companies and an energy provider with deep roots in the Northeast, and Anbaric, an innovative, proven transmission project developer, joined forces in 2014 as the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance. The alliance reflects the companies’ shared vision to help transform New England’s energy landscape while driving a healthy regional economy and environment. Together they will deliver a combination of two highly complementary sources of clean, abundant and affordable energy—onshore wind and hydropower—to the region. The alliance will work to develop large-scale, high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmission projects that combine wind and hydropower to address regional energy issues that are critical to policymakers and energy consumers such as rising prices, declining fuel diversity and the need for more renewable energy. Follow GLIA on Twitter at @GreenLineIA.
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Statement from Green Line Infrastructure Alliance In Reaction to Legislative Hearing on State of Energy

The statement below is from the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance in reaction to today’s legislative hearing held by the Massachusetts Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy on the “state of energy”:

“Today’s hearing on the state of energy in the region is a starting gun for the weeks ahead when some key decisions will be made on our energy future. Already, the Governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island have called for proposals to boost the amount of clean energy flowing into Southern New England.  Transmission infrastructure will need to be part of unlocking the region’s clean energy resources.  Projects that combine wind and hydro resources are an efficient approach in terms of cost and permitting.  Wind and hydropower resources together make a perfect mix for policy makers looking to transition to a cleaner energy future and consumers and businesses seeking more stable prices,” said Ed Krapels, CEO of Anbaric Transmission, and Stan Blazewicz, Vice President of Business Development at National Grid, the leaders of the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance.

About Green Line Infrastructure Alliance

National Grid, one of the world’s largest transmission companies and an energy provider with deep roots in the Northeast, and Anbaric, an innovative, proven transmission project developer, joined forces in 2014 as the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance. The alliance reflects the companies’ shared vision to help transform New England’s energy landscape while driving a healthy regional economy and environment. Together they will deliver a combination of two highly complementary sources of clean, abundant and affordable energy—onshore wind and hydropower—to the region. The alliance will work to develop large-scale, high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmission projects that combine wind and hydropower to address regional energy issues that are critical to policymakers and energy consumers such as rising prices, declining fuel diversity and the need for more renewable energy. Follow GLIA on Twitter at @GreenLineIA.

New England’s Energy Brokers Must Look Beyond Natural Gas

Boston Globe, 04.12.15

“Snow wasn’t the only thing piling up this winter: Massachusetts ratepayers also saw a bump in their electricity bills as New England’s aging infrastructure struggled to keep up with demand. The rate increase wasn’t a surprise. But the reasons why the prices rose — and the reasons why they are expected to rise again in the coming years — offer important lessons to lawmakers and regulators about how to ensure reliability and protect Massachusetts residents from future price hikes…”