New England News Collaborative

Introspective Systems

Renewable energy sources like wind and solar are muscling their way into the country's energy mix. But they're still pretty unpredictable, creating significant management challenges and big swings in electricity prices.

Now, a small island off Maine's coast is the laboratory for a big solution: islanders and engineers are using artificial intelligence, complex algorithms and a bootstrapping attitude in an urgent effort to design what they are calling the next, next electricity grid.

Annie Ropeik/NHPR

Massachusetts opted last week for one large power line to cover a big chunk of its energy needs for the next 20-plus years.

The Northern Pass proposal beat out other big transmission projects and dozens of smaller options for the right to supply all renewable power the Commonwealth wants.

Fred Bever / New England News Collaborative

When President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday, his audience in the House chamber will include a number “Dreamers” who could face deportation as early as March — including one who grew up in Portland, Maine.

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Bridgeport, Connecticut's controversial Mayor, Joe Ganim, launched his official campaign for governor by filing with the State Elections Enforcement Commission on Wednesday, Jan. 3rd.

Ganim is launching his bid for governor despite being denied access to public funding for his campaign. The State Elections Enforcement Commission ruled that Ganim was not entitled to such funding because he is a convicted felon. This decision was upheld by state courts. 

ANNIE ROPEIK / NHPR

The final witnesses gave testimony on the Northern Pass transmission last week, after eight months of hearings and years of planning.

Jesse Costa / WBUR

 


Detectives, booking officers and county jail sergeants sit side-by-side at the Bristol County Jail and House of Correction, flipping through documents and looking for tips.

They're searching for details that could unmask an impostor.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

A new threat to New England’s shellfish industry seems to be establishing itself more firmly, and regulators are trying to stay ahead of potentially deadly blooms of toxic algae that may be driven by climate change.

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE / CREATIVE COMMONS

A massive solar project in Simsbury, Connecticut is now one step closer to becoming one of New England’s largest clean-energy projects.

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Reaction to the death of Cardinal Bernard Law, the man who came to be the face of the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, has been emotional, particularly for survivors of clergy abuse.

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When you file your 2018 income taxes, you might notice that the standard deduction has essentially doubled. Exemptions will likely be eliminated and in its place, you might see a larger tax credit per dependent claimed. But it also raises at least one other big question: will you give as much to charity?

Maine Investing 500K To Study Lobster Fishery

Dec 18, 2017
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Maine’s Department of Marine Resources is launching a half-million-dollar project to get a more comprehensive scientific assessment of one of the state’s most valuable resources — lobster. The new Maine Lobster Research Collaborative will focus on the lobster fishery’s biological, physical and social dynamics, as the request for proposals puts it.

COURTESY OF CATHERINE VIOLET HUBBARD ANIMAL SANCTUARY

 

It’s been five years since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Catherine Violet Hubbard was one of 20 children killed, along with six educators. Her family has spent the past five years planning an animal sanctuary in her memory

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Utility company Eversource is demanding a national environmental group take down a study that says they unfairly withheld natural gas capacity and inflated electric rates– but the Environmental Defense Fund is standing by its research.

LORNE MATALON / VPR

Washington D.C. has ended a temporary residency program for almost 60,000 Haitians allowed to legally enter the United States following an earthquake in 2010. The affected Haitians will have to leave the U.S. by 2019. The program has also been revoked for 2,000 Nicaraguans and it's unclear if other groups, including 300,000 Salvadorans, will be allowed to remain.

 


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A Superior Court judge has found three former guards at Bridgewater State Hospital "not guilty" in the death of a schizophrenic patient at Bridgewater State Hospital eight years ago. 

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