1. update what the public utility commission permits or prohibits, so we can get solar microgrids, community renewables, and a bunch more. 2. please send me a copy of the slide show. thanks, tim brainerd
Thanks to @MarcRPacheco & @RepHarrington for joining me in Groton last night to discuss #MAcleanfuture! #mapoli https://t.co/aowG470WAe
Tom: "I'm involved in the Lowell Sustainability Council. We passed a resolution for 100% renewables. These organiza… https://t.co/H2qQFbmtkc
Tom, @350Mass: "Increase the RPS. Stop additional fossil fuel infrastructure and keep us from footing the bill for… https://t.co/4sCcGGi6qT
Beth: "How do we stop inequality?" A: "Community empowerment, #climatejustice, energy-efficient affordable housing,… https://t.co/iA5oNuyxSz
Tim: "Increase the RPS. Establish small microgrids for neighborhoods, apartments. Support community solar. Focus on… https://t.co/Imd4TVI29u
Michael: "Protect the enviro, strengthen our economy, promote enviro justice. I support S.1880, your 21st Century C… https://t.co/k0LHA8h2t2
Eric: "If you want people to use renewable energy for their home heat, we need financial incentives for folks to in… https://t.co/zWoIaEpbBn
"The net metering cap needs to be knocked out, and we can't have our citizens on the hook for grid maintenance, mod… https://t.co/oqsN5jp7k7
"The state must make investments in our energy infrastructure if National Grid won't do it."
Cheryl: "I've been trying to go solar for years. My community solar garden is being put on hold. Stop playing with… https://t.co/8uBxW91BeN
Tim: "I work at the @MIT Observatory. Light pollution is affecting our work, and there are clear links b/w light ab… https://t.co/kgJ6jvgSNA
Francis: "Wind power is the best way to reverse #climatechange. Plant trees, manage wetlands. Retrofit our building… https://t.co/ZolhS1nqH9
"I've been focused on climate change for 30 years. We must protect our habitats and their species."
Leah: "We need to maximize our solar fields properly and work on multi-purpose clean energy sites." https://t.co/oWJOhvT0xq
"We must stop promoting fracked gas pipelines. Increase the RPS. Increase our energy storage." #MAcleanfuture https://t.co/O9FTie6fTx
"Our utilities must contribute to our #cleanenergy future. We need clean electricity. Energy efficiency must play a large role as well."
Arnie: "I'm in #StowMA's energy working group and @eldersclimate. We must meet GWSA requirements, set interim targe… https://t.co/sEAa2P3lUA
Cheryl: "Are private companies in MA working on climate initiatives?" A: "Many environmental business groups are or… https://t.co/BFSr2h03gY
Michelle: "How does lack of federal #climatechange action affect MA?" A: "We've seen more state action since Trump." https://t.co/V1DDwFbKzw
We're in #GrotonMA for the tenth hearing of the @MACleanFuture tour. https://t.co/dtyYdmy7LU
Govt must get behind alt energy companies and stop subsidizing Big Oil. Pls support and protect our environment. Listen to science. The evidence is overwhelming. I have lived in rural Ma my entire life and even I can see the results.
On 9/25 I will be hosting a public forum to discuss MA's efforts to combat climate change & I want to hear from you… https://t.co/5okJQRrBmk
My big personal issue is I have been unable to buy off-site solar for my house (which isn't good for it). I have looked for 2 years and very few people seem to cover the Maynard MA area. We need more solar and wind power options. Maynard is a very small, dense town with little open space for a community solar. We NEED our state supporting renewable energy and the interest is definitely there to buy it.
We've added a tenth @MACleanFuture hearing due to popular demand in Northern MA! Let us know what's on your mind. https://t.co/EzjRXxiOUE
On 9/25 @MACleanFuture's climate change tour is in Groton! @MarcRPacheco & I want to hear from you. RSVP https://t.co/QwFQCItEb2 #mapoli
Watched @algore's powerful @aitruthfilm, then heard @GinaEPA speak. We must do more to fight #ClimateChange!… https://t.co/VRGOmF0GQi
We need to increase solar energy options for Massachusetts or make it mandatory. And stand up to no drilling in the Arctic. Sea life is important.
• We thank the Baker Administration for continuing to support the state’s path towards a more sustainable energy future and for publicly recognizing climate change as a reality, especially as it is in sharp contrast to policy changes in Washington DC. • We thank our state delegation for continuing to pursue new policies, programs and technologies, particularly the pursuit of distributed clean energy generation and storage. • This area suffers from high energy costs, which has been cited by exiting businesses as one of the reasons they have moved out of Berkshire County. Therefore, reducing energy costs, both per kWh and per square foot, is a very real economic development issue. o The business sector (incl. commercial, industrial, municipal, institutional) is actually the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in Berkshire County. o Small businesses are the backbone of the Berkshire County economy and this sector is underserved by the MassSave and utility-run energy efficiency programs. There is a variety of reasons for this, but we believe that DOER and the utility Program Administrators should identify and overcome the existing barriers to achieving a greater enrollment in energy efficiency programs. If the Berkshires is to stem the migration of our talented youth, it is critical that we help this sector reduce energy costs as part of larger effort to allow them to remain in the Berkshires, expand their business and increase their job offerings. o We applaud the DOER for its new focus help to low/moderate income residents access existing energy and cost savings through efficiency and renewable energy opportunities, and we would welcome a similar program to help small business owners access the same savings. o Moderate income homeowners are a vast, untapped resource for efficiency and renewable energy. Yet many homeowners are not enrolling in the MassSave Program for a variety of reasons, including the belief that energy efficiency and renewable measures have long return-on-investment times, that they cannot afford the upfront costs of the updates, or that their homes are already pretty efficient. They are not investigating solar technologies because of the upfront costs. A state-wide outreach campaign should be conducted to advertise how the MassSave Program works, particularly listing free services and the 75-90% utility cost share rate. Programs that offer reduced-rate renewable projects should also be heavily promoted. Although we acknowledge the high cost of television advertising, we believe that it is key to getting people’s attention and getting them talking about these programs to neighbors and friends. Please note that Berkshire County is in the Albany, NY cable area, so advertising will need to be done through Albany TV stations. • We want to publicly thank Attorney General Healy for keeping watch over utility rate proposals and standing up for Mass. residents and businesses. • The Green Communities Program has been a rousing success, providing municipalities with funding and technical assistance needed to identify clean energy opportunities. Success breed success, and the energy projects that municipalities conduct not only reduces their energy use and costs, but it also raises reminds town staff and residents that the energy reductions realized on a municipal level can be transferred and realized at their own homes. • The Commonwealth has established policies to protect the environment with the dual goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and removing dams to improve aquatic connectivity. Dam removal projects, particularly those using public funds, should include an investigation as to whether the dam in question could be suitable for hydroelectric power generation. This would require a coordinated effort between state agencies such as DCR Dam Safety, DER, DOER and DEP. We request that Commonwealth conduct a statewide dam assessment to determine which dams may offer the opportunity to generate hydroelectric power and aid the state in its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. • We agree with Ms. Tillinghast that transportation is the most significant Greenhouse Gas emission source that remains largely unaddressed. Increased use of rail between key metro areas such could reduce commuter travel and commercial truck hauling. Key areas for the Berkshires include efficient rail linkages to Boston, Albany, New York City and Hartford.
Advocate for and incentivize solar thermal and geothermal - made 100% in America, reduces grid dependence, does not take up our landscapes or habitats, does not pollute, does not harm people or kill wildlife. LOCAL JOBS and NO NEGATIVES. Massachusetts should be a leader in widely mobilizing these practical solutions. I am a scientist and an environmentalist - we need energy solutions that First Do No Harm and these are proven technologies.
"Enbridge suspends Access Northeast natural gas pipeline plan" @MACleanFuture #CleanEnergyNow #mapoli @ISONewEngland https://t.co/vaK5qGOZAc
We agree @ucsusa! #climate plan for @MA_Senate: mitigate, adapt, equity @MACleanFuture w @joeboncore @MarcRPacheco https://t.co/ImnLsY6PY8
Alex: "Natural gas infrastructure leaks. That's what it does. I support legislation to stop such leaking." https://t.co/WmOWT7quF1
"The legislature should also increase the rapid deployment of renewable energy; increase offshore wind; increase the RPS."
Jessica, #CambridgeMA: "The legislature must push legislation to increase energy efficiency. We cannot rest on our… https://t.co/1QMttOXJPA
Pam, Greenfield: "Green Banks accelerate clean energy development and allow normal folks to leverage investment for… https://t.co/3sCjERHDr6
John, @UCSUSA: "We need to focus on adaptation, mitigation, equity. Glad to hear CAMP is moving. We need everyone t… https://t.co/YJBDYskd6l
Asko, Jamaica Plain: "MassSolar has more than 1,000 members. We want to end the net-metering caps now. We need an e… https://t.co/R9aOYYLDZu
Kanon: "We need to look at education. We need to teach sustainability. Our schools should be teaching gardening, ur… https://t.co/75GljYoN2g
"Push the @MBTA for fuel cell vehicles. The state should be pushing forward for a statewide plan as well." https://t.co/5D76sWhlNk
"Also, the commuter rail needs to be electrified. And we need to push for true high-speed rail. The #1 destination out of Logan is NYC."
Travis, Conservation Commission of Peabody: "More local oversight needs to be happening in climate change. The best… https://t.co/It3yxI4WIX
Kathy: "For Spectra to build a compressor station against the will of the community -- the residents, the businesse… https://t.co/ID7IcaydDr
Councilman Peter Christopher: "A lot of climate work can be done at the local level, and that includes a lot of our… https://t.co/BWMq7oa1To
Paul: "We need to focus on our built environment. Retrofitting vs. new construction. Natural gas is not a 21st cent… https://t.co/l8IPu13EGX
In #winthrop at the @MA_Senate global warming hearing. Climate change & preparedness are central to our families, t… https://t.co/ZWs4RcGg2A
Carol: "The Weymouth compressor station would be devastating to the community. We have a right to healthy air." https://t.co/qu6pYYQntQ
Suzanne, @MothersOutFront: "It's not about believing in climate change. It's about understanding climate change." https://t.co/RSwtXKSGcQ