LAST-MINUTE CALL TO ACTION - May 12 Action
Don't Want a Pipeline? Help Support Clean Energy!
On Tuesday, May 12, 350 Mass-Berkshire Node is joining forces with solar advocates across Massachusetts and calling our legislators to eliminate the net metering cap.
Here's how to participate:
1) Dial the numbers below and ask to be put through to your elected officials (you can give them your address if you don’t know the names of your state legislators):
• Senate Switchboard (617) 722-1276
• House Switchboard (617) 722-2000
Or you can enter your Zip Code on their website's "Find a Legistlator" feature.
2) Ask your State Senator and Representative to support legislation that would lift the net metering cap.
Here's a basic script you can use:
I’m a constituent of yours. I am calling to urge you to raise the caps on net metering so that the solar industry can continue to provide clean energy and good jobs to Massachusetts. Will you support raising the net metering caps?
URGENT UPDATE from BEYOND EXTREME ENERGY
Meet FERC at Rescheduled Commissioners' Meeting on May 14th
FERC announced May 7th that it will be changing the date of its May commissioners meeting from May 21st to May 14th because of mass nonviolent protests Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) is coordinating at FERC May 21-29.
TAKE ACTION NOW: Join BXE in DC May 14th!
Sorry, FERC. We’re still going to pay you a visit May 21-29. But we’re sure to be there May 14th, too.
PLAN-NE Mother's Day Matching Grant Fundraiser a Success
We exceeded the $10,000 needed for the matching grant, and Jane at BEAT is still tallying the contributions. Thank you to everyone who contributed and helped get the word out. The money will help fund PLAN-NE's efforts at the MA DPU and NH PUC in fighting the KM precedents agreements.
Though this matching grant challenge is over, further donations can be made for the ongoing regulatory battle at www.plan-ne.org
We just submitted expert testimony in NH last week and had the preliminary DPU hearing regarding Columbia Gas and National Grid's NED contracts. We are now awaiting the DPU's decision on a schedule for these matters - the companies are pushing for a very aggressive schedule, and at the hearing, our lawyer pointed out the unreasonableness of the schedule and the need to slow it down. The DPU could decide about the schedule as soon as today, May 11. They also have not yet ruled on the petitions to intervene. Stay tuned ...
Kathryn R. Eiseman
Director, Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network
President, Pipe Line Awareness Network for the Northeast, Inc.
NEXT UP at the DPU:
Berkshire Gas Contract Application (Docket #15-48)
» Get the details and talking points to help you comment by email and/or participate directly in the hearings for these precedent agreement applications.
Comment Deadline, May 22
Hearing May 26 at the DPU in Boston
You do NOT need to mail paper copies of your comments. Email to email@example.com and to the DPU Hearing Officer, Laurie Weisman (firstname.lastname@example.org) will be adequate to get your comments filed.
Also send the comments to the attorney for or Berkshire Gas: email@example.com, Assistant Attorney General firstname.lastname@example.org and your legislators. You can find contact information for your legislators by visiting https://malegislature.gov and plugging in your zip code in the top section of the page labeled “People: Find a Legislator”.
REQUEST EXTRA HEARINGS
Many of the customers affected by these applications for contracts with KM (precedent agreements), are in the locations all across the state. Please contact your State Sen. and Rep today to ask them to request further hearings on the application Dockets to be held in central and western Massachusetts, not just in Boston.
You can find contact information for your legislators by visiting https://malegislature.gov and plugging in your zip code in the top section of the page labeled “People: Find a Legislator”.
Help fight the Baker Administration's new proposal which could make electric ratepayers pay for pipeline expansion
This docket consists entirely of questions on how to expand natural gas capacity (based on the initial filing by Governor Baker's Dept. of Energy Resources). This docket does not discuss any alternatives to solving peak demand problems through further implementation of energy efficiency programs, use of clean energy solutions or alternative gas-based solutions such as LNG storage for peak demand.
• Comment Deadline June 15; no hearing date set yet.
» See our Act Now page to learn how to participate in all these proceedings
Your submitted comments and/or participation in the hearings need not be technical or complex to be effective!
Help PLAN-NE’s Intervenor Status by becoming a member
In order to strengthen the position of the PLAN-NE as an intervenor in these proceedings, they want as many members as possible. They will not need to disclose your identity, but it is important that they will be able to attest to the fact that they have ratepayers and affected landowners among their membership. While there is not a minimum financial contribution required to become a member, they do need funding to proceed.
*Please become a member of PLAN-NE today by filling out this form!
Learn About Going Solar!
Green Dalton Committee to host
“Dalton Clean Energy Choices” Event
AN EVENT FOR ALL MASS RESIDENTS, not just residents of Dalton!
The Dalton Select Board and the Green Dalton Committee invites the public to attend an informational program about a state-sponsored, discounted solar installation program for homes and businesses. The event will be held on Wednesday May 20 at 7:00 PM at the Dalton Senior Center (40 Field St. Ext . in Dalton). The evening will feature a presentation about Mass Solar Connect: a collaboration between the Mass Clean Energy Center and Boston-based non-profit Mass Energy Alliance.
Through August 31st, Mass Solar Connect is offering local property owners a significant discount on solar installations. Using state and federal rebates and incentives for solar, plus a group-buying model, Mass Solar Connect enables participants to secure an installed solar electricity price of $3.35 per Watt, which is 30% less than the 2014 median market price for solar in Massachusetts. Once installed, a typical 7 kilowatt photovoltaic system pays for itself within 7 years, and can have a return on investment—or profit--of up to $30,000 over 20 years.
Mass Solar Connect is also offering financing and leasing options for those on a range of budgets. The leasing option involves no fees or up-front costs. Residents lease the panels and pay a locked-in electricity rate which is sometimes less expensive than Eversource’s local residential rate.
“Many people think solar is too expensive and out of reach,” said Cheryl Rose, chair of the Green Dalton Committee. “But with these leasing and financing options, that’s not true anymore.”
At the May 20th event, a representative from Mass Energy and the state-chosen installer, Direct Energy Solar, will make presentations and answer questions about installing solar systems on homes and small commercial buildings.
Because not every home or business is right for a solar installation, the evening will also feature information about how to choose “clean energy” through one’s current electricity provider. MassEnergy will present its GreenPower Plan, and a representative from the Center for Eco-Technology will discuss what's happening with solar in the Berkshires, and other options for “cleaning” one’s electricity bill.
“Mass Energy’s GreenPower Plan is simple,” said Erin Taylor of Mass Energy. “You sign up once, and a small, tax-deductible charge shows up on your electric bill. For roughly the price of a pizza, you can support investment in local renewable energy, including wind, solar, digester gas, and low-impact hydropower.”
Mass Energy has sourced some energy through long-term purchasing contracts with new renewable energy projects in Massachusetts, including a wind turbine at Berkshire East Ski Resort in Charlemont.
“Part of reducing our fossil fuel use means making clean energy choices,” said Rose. “The Green Dalton Committee wants to support the growth of our clean energy infrastructure, especially when it supports local jobs. We hope this program will show people that clean energy can be an affordable and easy choice to make.”
For more information, attend the visit www.massenergy.org/greendalton, or call Mass Energy at 800-287-3950 x5.
Many more events on our site
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