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Service technician with a tablet at the Rhyl Flats offshore wind farm (UK). Photo: Siemens AG, Munich/Berlin

A Big Week for Offshore Wind Power!

11/16/2015 // By Amber Hewett

Progress on offshore wind power in three Northeast states last week calls for a news round-up: Massachusetts Last Thursday, the National Wildlife Federation hosted a State House briefing on offshore wind power with ten state partners, including our state affiliate, the Environmental League …

Canvasback. Photo by Carol Foll via Flickr Creative Commons

Who’s Got Game? 7 Places Outdoorsmen Should Visit This Fall

10/5/2015 // By Abby Barber

As autumn continues, fall hunting and fishing season begins in many places across the country. Some wildlife populations have rebounded after the spring, and wildlife are on the move to warmer weather. Because so many sporting opportunities exist across the …

More than 80 offshore wind power projects are providing pollution-free, reliable energy in Europe. This year, America broke ground on it's first (in RI). Time for MA to get in the game! (Photo: London Array Limited)

The Bay State’s Next Energy Chapter Starts Now

9/28/2015 // By Amber Hewett

Tomorrow, I will take one of my favorite walks, across Boston Common and up the steps of the State House, breathing deep to soak in every last drop of that fleeting smell of early fall in New England. September 29th …

Across the Atlantic, offshore wind has been advancing for more than 20 years... it's time for the US to catch up! (photo: London Array)

Massachusetts Auction Boosts Offshore Wind Power Opportunity and Highlights Policy Needs

1/30/2015 // By Amber Hewett

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of the Interior auctioned more than 350,000 acres of federal waters far off the coast of Massachusetts for offshore wind power development. The competitive auction was the fourth of its kind, doubling the area currently leased …

Offshore wind turbines (Photo credit: London Array)

Energy Bill Proposed in Massachusetts Contains Unprecedented Commitment to Offshore Wind Power

1/23/2015 // By Amber Hewett

2015 is gearing up to be a major turning point in America’s offshore wind power story. For years, debate, misinformation, and fossil-fuel funded opposition have kept America from hosting a single one of the more than 2,000 offshore wind turbines …

MA Governor Elect Charlie Baker

Massachusetts Must Continue to Lead Toward a Clean Energy Future

11/10/2014 // By Amber Hewett

After eight years of trail-blazing clean energy leadership, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will soon pass his torch to Governor-elect Charlie Baker. We are at a pivotal moment in New England’s energy story, and regional eyes will certainly watch this transition …

The United Kingdom's Greater Gabbard wind farm (flickr/DECCgovuk)

Nearing the Home Stretch, Offshore Wind Power Needs Our Focus More than Ever

8/14/2014 // By Amber Hewett

Each state’s road to tapping its offshore wind power potential is marked with its own unique set of hurdles. As a Massachusetts native, I have been hearing the back-and-forth on the Cape Wind project for more than half of my …

Sally Jewell Wind Announcement

Obama Administration Takes Major Step Forward for Offshore Wind Power in Massachusetts

6/17/2014 // By Amber Hewett

Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced that the federal government is kicking off the leasing process for the Massachusetts Wind Energy Area with plans to hold an auction by the end of the year.

Cougar at Charles Russell Wildlife Refuge in Montana (Flickr/USFWS Mountain-Prairie)

Report of Mountain Lion in Massachusetts: Real Sighting or Wild Tale?

2/28/2014 // By Miles Grant

UPDATE 3/1: Wildlife officials say the paw prints look canine, meaning it was likely a dog or coyote. Television news has been abuzz up here in Massachusetts this week with the news that someone thinks he saw a mountain lion …

I fell in here once. Photo by Liz West.

My Connection with a River

12/16/2013 // By Daniel Hubbell

Growing up in suburban Massachusetts, I learned to appreciate the quiet places by the water. Just out of sight from all the cars and sprawling McMansions lay the Sudbury River. Thanks to its designation as a “wild and scenic” river, the …