Showing posts with label ISO-New England. Show all posts
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Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Making Sense of Climate: Ted & I start 2023 with a discussion on the recent news (audio)

FM #916 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 916 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Ted McIntyre, Franklin resident and climate activist via the Zoom conference bridge Tuesday, January 10, 2023.  

In this episode we covered the following topics: 

Happy new year, catch up on happenings since we last talked

  • Healey, inauguration, Climate lead executive order

  • Rep Roy video from Museum of Science (wind turbine blade testing), Rep Roy & Senator Barrett on Codcast (wind troubles)

  • Fusion/ fission/ nuclear generated electrical power

This discussion continues our journey understanding the MA roadmap toward net zero and while it helps me “make sense of climate”, we hope it helps with your understanding as well. 

If you have climate questions or Franklin specific climate questions, send them in and we’ll try to answer them in a future session.  

The conversation runs about 48 minutes. Let’s listen to my conversation with Ted.

Audio file ->



Links to articles referenced:

Climate lead via Executive Order from Governor Healey 

Rep Roy video on wind turbine blade testing visit  

CodCast episode with Rep Roy and Senator Barrett 

ISO New England grid capacity around Christmas 2022

Wind farm in Maine, MA to take advantage of 

Fun article: driving for donuts to test electric vehicle charging stations availability

Fusion announcement 

See the page that collects the “Making Sense of Climate” episodes -> 


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The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

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Wind turbines atop Saddleback Mountain in Maine. ROBERT F. BUKATY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Wind turbines atop Saddleback Mountain in Maine. ROBERT F. BUKATY/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Sunday, May 29, 2022

"It is not the Commission’s role to choose one resource type over another"

In a classic 'bury the headline' move in front of a long weekend, the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) allowed ISO-New England to further delay moves to reduce dependence upon fossil fuels. The news was released at "10:17 PM · May 27, 2022·via Twitter Web App".

"Tonight, @FERC  voted to permanently end the use of the #MOPR as a tool to stymie state policies in @ISONewEngland .  
While I would have preferred this happen immediately, I voted to approve the filing with the 2 year transition.  
Full statement here:" 

Shared from Twitter -> 

CommonWealth Magazine also provides coverage of this decision

This has been a recurring topic on our "Making Sense of Climate" series. You can find all the episodes (currently 10) here