SUGGESTIONS FOR ACTION – Pick one or many!
( NEW TO THE ISSUE? Check our Getting Started page. )
WHAT YOU CAN DO
• BERKSHIRE GAS MORATORIUM •
(4/25/17 UPDATE: ACTION NEEDED NOW)
To reach 100% renewables, we must stop the overbuild of fossil fuel infrastructure!
THIS STARTS AT HOME – WITH BERKSHIRE GAS! — There is a DPU proceeding right now that will set the stage for the future buildout of Berkshire Gas.
Please contact your legislators today with alternate solutions to the Berkshire Gas’ plans to overbuild gas infrastructure.
» LEARN MORE AND TAKE ACTION HERE!!
• CT EXPANSION PIPELINE •
(4/25/17 UPDATE: )
With FERC having granted Notice to Proceed (NTP) for this project, we’re down to the wire with tree felling likely to start soon, but we’re not without possible actions. The FERC docket for this project is busy with filings from multiple parties, from MassPLAN’s Motion to Stay and Request for Rehearing, to our MA Senators and Congressman Neal. There are serious challenges to the validity of the NTP, given FERC’s lack of a quorum with only two commissioners, and given these still unresolved issues.
» Please donate to PLAN-NE for these ongoing legal challenges
» Please donate to the Ceremonial Stone Landscape Legal Protection Fund
You can challenge the “need” for CT Expansion. Contact your State Legislators and ask them to press for a change of focus for the 2016 CES to clean energy and efficiency solutions – not including conversion to natural gas for heat, and to contact FERC, demanding that they rescind the Notice to Proceed with CT Expansion and re-open the precedent agreements at the heart of it’s FERC certificate. If there’s no longer a state program creating need for more gas, there’s no need for this pipeline project!
Instead of pressing for conversion to natural gas heat, the CES should provide for:
— increased energy efficiency
— conversion to electric mini-split cold weather heat pumps
— removal of any caps on solar, incentives for home solar
» See more information
» See 350ct.org’s statement on the CES for comment ideas
• EVERSOURCE RATE INCREASE •
If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to write to the Mass Dept Public Utilities (deadline May 31) to let them know how you feel about the recent rate case filing by Eversource. Even if you are a National Grid Customer, the 2 corps play off each other in alternating years.
Below are the details for submitting comments by email:
You don’t have to be an expert on the subject (but if you are, go for it!), here are a few issues you might mention in your comments:
• Why should Eversource be guaranteed 10.5% profit? What other businesses get this? yay for the shareholders; but Is this fair to rate payers?
• in the contract, Eversource West (MA) customers will pay 7% more than Eversource East (MA) on basic service charges;
• MMRC -Minimum Monthly Rate Charge – a new charge ostensibly aimed at solar owners who sometimes have a “zero” bill; but which could easily become a catch all charge. Even if e.g. you’re a maple sugar-er only using electricity during certain months, you could ultimately have a minimum charge each month. This needs to be tightly controlled.
• They are asking for huge sums for grid modernization, but much of this is for “enhanced vegetation management.” Think herbicides and consultants and tree trimming contracts. That’s not the grid modernization we’re hoping for. We want smart meters and grid upgrades that allow distributed energy sources to come online. (a number of towns have been unable to build solar arrays b/c of the cost of the grid upgrades required to connect)
Submitting comments by email: Deadline for e-filing is May 31.
The docket number is DPU 17-05 (Eversource rate case) and should be emailed to:
Hearing Officer – Marc.Tassone@state.ma.us
DPU – firstname.lastname@example.org
ONE MORE PUBLIC HEARING!
WEDNESDAY — APRIL 26, 2017 — GREENFIELD, MA
— Electricity Rate Hike Hearing. Join Public Opposition to the Eversource Rate Hike Request! Show up, speak up, write a letter. Please attend even if you do not intend to speak – we need people power showing support for speakers.
You can sign up to speak or simply attend to show your opposition. No signs allowed in the hearing room but T-shirts or buttons with messages are fine.
7 PM – 9 PM
195 Federal St.
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• BUSINESSES, OPPOSE NEW PIPELINES! •
• NEW LEGISLATION PROPOSED IN MA! •
— There are several bills propose in the Massachusetts Legislature that are clean energy and regulatory-positive.
» Call today to support these bills!
In W. Roxbury!
— Please come #StandWithMary. Demonstrate your anger and outrage over a project that no one wants and we don’t need. Our consistent, regular presence is a reminder of our determined opposition to this dangerous pipeline. We invite all who support our frontline challenge to join us. Extra signs available! Pledge to vigil with ResistthePipeline.org.
ACCESS NORTHEAST & ATLANTIC BRIDGE PIPELINES
Subscribe to FERC Dockets to keep up with these projects under consideration:
#PF16-1 for Access Northeast
#CP16-9 for Atlantic Bridge
» Click e-Register on this page, fill out the form, then subscribe. Anything filed on the docket after you subscribe will be delivered to your inbox. It’s free and VERY informative.
OTHER INDIVIDUAL ACTIONS
• Spread the word!
— Write OpEds or Letters to the Editor about the pipeline issue. This especially important to counter inaccurate or one-sided reports you may see, but writing about the pipeline issue preemptively is a good way to bring the subject to the general public.
— Talk to your neighbors and friends about pipeline projects near you and let them know why they’re of concern
— Talk to your local selectboard, planning board, conservation commission about what their plans are or what you think they should be. Even if your town isn’t affected by fossil fuel infrastructure expansion, consider creating a 100% Renewables plant for your town (more info coming soon!), becoming a Green Community, or organizing to participate in the Solarize Mass program
— Talk to your State Legislators
Here are links to the major Massachusetts Legislative Committees who would have sway over these issues. These would be key people to contact first, but definitely feel free to contact more:
» Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy
» Joint Committee on Ways and Means
»Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture
— Consider spending some time at the State House.
Nothing beats an actual person talking to you about the issues. Consider making an appointment with either your own Legislators, or with some on the Committees show above to talk to them about your concerns and present some of the evidence for why more fossil fuel expansion is the wrong direction.
— In Your Own Home or Business
• Contact MassSAVE for a free home energy audit. Find out where you can improve your energy efficiency and what incentive programs and rebates you qualify for.
• Talk to a nearby rooftop or small-scale wind energy provider about systems you could use to generate your own clean energy. If you’re not sure where to find someone, NESEA’s Sustainable Green Pages could be a good place to start.
• If your own energy system isn’t an option, consider adding New England Green Start to your utility account. For pennies more per KWh, you can ensure that the amount of energy you use is purchased by your utility company from clean energy sources.
— DONATE to help keep our efforts moving and expanding!
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— Get behind solutions!
» FOCUS ON EFFICIENCY
• Encourage your State Reps. and the Governor to focus on energy efficiency as a way to close the energy gap, not bringing in more fossil fuels to feed existing and fire up more leaky gas-fired plants.
» FOCUS ON ALTERNATIVES
• Support solar, wind, micro-wind, energy efficiency and conservation measures.