Sarah Shemkus is a longtime journalist who covers business, technology, sustainability, and the places they all meet. She has covered the workings of small-town government in New Hampshire, the doings of alleged swindlers and con men, and the minutiae of local food systems. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Boston Globe, TheAtlantic.com, Slate and other publications. Based in Gloucester, Sarah covers the state of Massachusetts.
The Latest from Sarah Shemkus
In a sharp turnaround from their previous stance, Eversource, Unitil and Liberty Utilities testified in support of keeping the state's net-metering incentive intact.
A big battery is replacing this old Massachusetts fossil power plant
Thanks to a state program incentivizing cleaner peak power, a developer is building a 45 MW grid battery at the site of a fossil power plant shut down in 2022.
New Hampshire's dormant climate plan revived by Inflation Reduction Act
State lawmakers are planning to use a $3 million federal grant to make good on climate promises set in 2009.
This new climatetech accelerator is seeking entrepreneurs of color
A program launched by Greentown Labs and Browning the Green Space will support people of color starting cleantech companies — and it’s taking applications now.
As the wealthy go electric, who will pay for aging gas infrastructure?
Electrification is ramping up. Advocates say we need plans to shield lower-income people from the costs of maintaining a deteriorating fossil-gas system.
Heat pumps perform well in below-freezing weather, new research finds
A study in Maine found that heat pumps without fossil-fueled backup can deliver comfort and cost savings — even in the state's subzero winter temperatures.