ENERGY

Vermont Rail System is storing tanker cars filled with propane near a residential neighborhood in Bennington, and some of the people who live nearby are wondering what they can do to ensure their safety.

Environmentalists see the switch from combustion engine to electric cars as a powerful tool to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

But Bill Hensley, who lives in central Maine, said he bought an all-electric Nissan Leaf this summer mostly because it’s a cool technology.

“I guess it goes in that order: cool factor, savings and then saving the planet,” he said, laughing.

Boston Begins Effort To Become Carbon Neutral By 2050

Nov 28, 2017

The city of Boston on Tuesday launches Carbon Free Boston, which officials describe as the city’s next step to becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

The initiative aims to address how to fuel a growing Boston while also meeting the city’s climate goals.

There are currently 106 buildings, worth $9 billion, under construction in Boston. Over the past five years, the city has approved adding the square footage equal to 45 new Prudential Towers.

New research from the University of New Hampshire says the greenest way to heat your home this winter is a wood pellet stove.

Using wood pellets to heat a home in New England produces about half the amount of greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuel sources, according to research from University of New Hampshire professor John Gunn. He said that comparison isn’t just about how clean wood pellets burn, it's also about the amount of emissions the entire wood pellet economy creates.

The Keystone XL pipeline, an $8 billion project that has attracted significant protest from environmental groups, has cleared a major regulatory hurdle on its path to completion. On Monday, the Nebraska Public Service Commission certified the pipeline to run through the state.

Electric-assisted bikes in a bike share program in Canada.
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A regional bike share program is set to launch in western Massachusetts this spring.

Fishermen are worried about an offshore wind farm proposed 30 miles out in the Atlantic from Montauk, NY, the largest fishing port in the state. They say those wind turbines – and many others that have been proposed – will impact the livelihood of fishermen in New York and New England.   

Think "renewable energy" and the wind and sun come to mind, but someday it may be possible to add ocean energy to that list.

Pipes waiting to be burried in Otis State Forest in July, 2017.
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The Massachusetts section of a New York-to-Connecticut natural gas pipeline is up and running. 

A blackout in Somerville, Massachusetts, earlier this month.
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More than 200,000 Bay State residents are expected to be without power into Tuesday and full restoration of electricity could take days, according to Gov. Charlie Baker, who said lingering winds made it difficult Monday to recover from the powerful storm that ripped through the state overnight.

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