There is no question that New England faces serious challenges meeting its energy needs – and that solving this crisis can’t be put off any longer. Just to our south, the regional grid operator, ISO-NE, is warning of possible rolling blackouts within two years.
New England states are taking a serious look at how they approach energy production and use. New Hampshire is working on a state energy strategy. Vermont has released a first ever report on the state’s clean energy industry intended to help direct future development. And Massachusetts is taking up several pieces of legislation to add more renewables to that state’s energy portfolio. These undertakings set a backdrop for a host of proposed energy projects aimed at replacing the sources of power that are going off line by the end of the decade.
But in the way of all of this stands opposition to nearly every solution. In order to realize a secure and diverse energy future, the public and policy makers must work through this snarled traffic jam of varying opposition that’s blocking the path.
An energy crisis in the offing?
(Foster’s Daily Democrat)
Rolling blackouts in Greater Boston? It could happen sooner than you think
(Boston Business Journal)
N.H. devising new energy plan
Vermont Gov. Shumlin Talks About Renewable Energy
(AP via Caledonian Record)
Finding common ground on solar
Patrick administration is not proposing a pipeline
March against pipeline expansion to step off July 6 in Richmond
Prosperity requires energy security