ENERGY

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.

We drove to Caguas, a city south of San Juan, four weeks after Hurricane Maria hit. Our guide was Luis Cotto -- a former Hartford city councilman now living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We traveled to Puerto Rico to tell stories; he traveled to deliver thousands of dollars in inflatable solar lights and water filters to people who need them, including members of his family.

Last week, a tiny company in Montana called Whitefish Energy Holdings announced that it had been given a $300 million contract with Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority to help restore electricity on the island, which was severely damaged last month by Hurricane Maria.

The Vermont International Film Festival is screening a documentary on Sunday chronicling the grassroots movement to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, and the events both global and local that surrounded its closure in 2014.

Connecticut’s consumer advocate announced on Tuesday that her office will join an investigation into whether the state’s largest utilities are manipulating the natural gas market. The investigation is led by the state’s Public Utility Regulatory Authority.

New England electricity consumers paid billions of dollars more than necessary over a three-year period, according to a report by a national environmental group. It's prompted a review by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, but one utility named in the report is calling it an outright fabrication.

More than two weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, the island's power grid remains in shambles, and authorities say it will take months to fully restore electricity.

Nearly 90 percent of the island is still without power, which means millions of people remain without electricity weeks after the storm, says José H. Román Morales, president of Puerto Rico's Energy Commission, which regulates the island's electric power authority.

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Vernon, Vt., stopped operations in December 2014.
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Vermont regulators and anti-nuclear activists are unified against the latest plan for the decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon. 

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