NEW ENGLAND

Coverage of New England from New England Public Radio, NPR, and other NPR stations.

Dan Dolan, president of the New England Power Generators Association, says the region has a problem: “It’s really hard to be half pregnant, but we’re trying.”

The problem: We’re creating a hybrid power grid, an electric-generating network that runs on a changing combination of fuels and technologies. He says the system is more complex and less predictable than the grid we had just a few years ago.

Dolan’s association represents 90% of electric generators in the region. They use nuclear, natural gas, hydro, wind, solar and waste to produce electricity.

Cathedral Square in Providence, Rhode Island.
John Bender / The Public's Radio / thepublicsradio.org

Many Catholic church officials in New England are staying tight-lipped after a tweet from the Providence, Rhode Island, bishop led to criticism and protests.

A sign near the Housatonic River in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 2009 after a GE/EPA cleanup. the Housatonic River in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 2009 after an EPA cleanup.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

The EPA’s New England office — which serves six states and ten tribal nations — has been run by an acting administrator for three months. 

Members of UFCW Local 1459 rallied outside a Stop and Shop store in Chicopee on March 20, 2019.
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Stop & Shop returns to the negotiating table with its unions on Wednesday. The state treasurer of Massachusetts has criticized the company's proposals — and she has a unique perspective. 

Tucked away in the northwest corner of Connecticut, just a few miles from the Massachusetts border, stands the New England Accordion Connection and Museum Company. The museum houses over 600 accordions, thousands of pages of sheet music, and a jukebox filled with hours of accordion music.

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