SUGGESTIONS FOR ACTION – Pick one or many!
WHAT YOU CAN DO
» COMMENT PERIODS
These comment periods are on important proceedings that shape our energy future, land use, and other key decisions made by state and federal agencies. Please take part and make your voice heard.
Be sure to personalize your message so that they know why this is so important to you!
Please note: because this proposal is targeting remaining ARPA funds (which is expected to be dispersed in late winter or spring), the timeline for this effort is significantly accelerated. This means that there is real urgency to build support immediately for the fund in order for it to succeed.
On Friday, January 27, 2023, the Commission issued public notice of its Roundtable on Environmental Justice and Equity in Infrastructure Permitting. The Roundtable will be held in-person at FERC’s headquarters in Washington, DC on March 29, 2023. It will also be broadcast online.
The Commission is currently seeking nominations for panelists to participate in the Roundtable. Nominations are due, via email, by February 17, 2023 to EnvironmentalJusticeRoundtable@ferc.gov. Your emailed nomination should include:
- Name and affiliation of nominee
- Contact information
- Issues that the nominee would address as part of the Roundtable
More information about the Roundtable is available on FERC’s webpage.
If you have questions about the Roundtable or need assistance participating in the call for nominations, please contact OPP@ferc.gov. You may also direct questions to EnvironmentalJusticeRoundtable@ferc.gov.
• Put Peakers in the Past •
See our Put Peakers in the Past campaign for info on how these power generation plants are the oldest and most polluting … and the easiest to replace with zero emissions alternatives!
» Join the Peaker Coalition – organizations, school, faith groups or businesses
• Stop the Eversource “Reliability Project” in Longmeadow & Springfield •
Visit Longmeadow Pipeline Awareness Group’s site and make sure to visit both the “Take Action Longmeadow” and “Take Action Springfield” pages. They have two separate petitions – sign both! – and see what actions can take for help each side of this fight.
• Help to Shave the Peak! •
Peak energy is the period of time in the year when the electric grid experiences its highest demand for energy. These peaks correlate with very high temperatures or very low temperatures and usually occurs in the late afternoon when buildings are using the most electricity to power air conditioning and other loads.
When demand for energy peaks, dirty fossil fuels such as kerosene, coal, and natural gas are deployed to the electric grid through the powering up of peaker power plants – energy generators that are only used when demand is significantly higher than usual. As a result, peak energy results in higher than usual emissions of toxic chemicals and greenhouse gases.
The good news is that there is that something we can do about it! If we work to lower our personal energy use at times when there are demand peaks, we will directly reduce emissions during these peaks as well as the need to power up dirty peaker power plants. Here’s how you do it!
Step 1: Sign up to receive alerts from the Green Energy Consumers about when energy demand is peaking. We recommend that you sign up to recieve both text and email results to make sure you are notified
Step 2: When you receive alerts, take steps to reduce your energy consumption during peak energy times. Examples of what you can do include:
- Don’t use appliances unnecessarily during peak times.
- Avoid using TV, computers, and other electronic devices during peak hours
- In the winter, you can warm the room up a little extra, then turn the heat down or off during the peak hours
- In the summer, cool your room down a little extra before the predicted peak, then turn your air conditioner thermostat up during the peak
It sounds small, but making these changes make a real difference. To learn more, visit our page about shaving the peak
• GET A HOME ENERGY ASSESSMENT •
Cut Emissions, Save Money!
There are several changes to Mass Save triggered by COVID-19. One is the advent of Virtual Energy Assessments, a no-in-house visit by video conference for carrying out energy efficiency assessments.
They’re also offering increased no-cost options in connection with these new assessments.
– RESIDENTIAL – Fill out the Online Home Energy Assessment to see if you qualify for 100% free insulation work. (Even if you don’t, discounts of at least 75% are available).
» Visit EEPittsfield.org for links for scheduling (this website is for the Pittsfield initiative, but the Mass Save program is state-wide).
Help us help Pittsfield reach increased Energy Efficiency Goals!
EE Pittsfield is our initiative to bring awareness of energy efficiency options to the people of Pittsfield. We started in 2019 with door to door outreach in downtown neighborhoods and this year, we’re working with the City to help them reach increased efficiency among residents and small businesses. Visit eepittsfield.org for more info.
• Would you like to engage your community group, small business association, neighborhood association or employees in participating in the MassSave program? Talk to us! We’re happy to help get your group stared.
Let us know what method works best for you during this time of social isolation: info for your regular organization newsletters, conference call, Zoom presentation or workshop or even virtual sign-up guidance for individuals? Let’s talk.
Contact Rose at BEAT, email@example.com
• SIGN THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S PETITION TO ISO NEW ENGLAND •
Tell ISO New England that you want rules to promote affordable clean energy, healthy communities, and climate protection.
» SIGN THE PETITION
• GET YOUR LOCAL BOARD OF HEALTH TO CHIME IN •
The Massachusetts Association of Health Boards (MAHB) are asking local Boards of Health to sign on to a letter to Governor Baker, asking him to say no to further fracked gas infrastructure or, at the very least, not allow any to be approved without a full, independent study of health effects.
Over 100 Boards of Health have approved signing onto it, or written their own!
Residents of our other towns and cities to should ask their Board of Health to sign on to this letter as well. It would be a powerful message to send if every municipality in the state signed on!
OTHER INDIVIDUAL ACTIONS
• JOIN A NATIONWIDE PUSH TO DE-FUND FOSSIL FUEL •
Check out StopTheMoneyPipeline.com
• 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 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 neighbors and friends about pipeline projects near you and let them know why they’re of concern. Maybe share your favorite environmental documentaries with friends.
— 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.
• Sign up for Shave The Peak email or text alerts so you can voluntarily cut back electricity use during “peak” days, when utilities may need to draw on oil- or coal- fired power plants to meet unusually high demand. Small adjustments to air conditioning or household appliance use for a few hours can make a big difference, and help to green the grid.
• 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!
» Help other communities fighting similar battles against fossil fuel infrastructure expansion across the country
— 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.
REDUCE PLASTIC CONSUMPTION
Plastics aren’t only a pollution problem. Their production relies on fracking to extract ethane along with natural gas. Reducing your plastic use can reduce demand for more fracking wells in communities hosting fossil fuel extraction.
• Paper or plastics? How about neither!
Both plastic and paper disposable shopping bags use far more energy and resources than using re-usable canvas bags. Talk to your local officials about starting a bag-ban in your town, and start a local BagShare program.
• The Bag Share
— The goal of the BagShare is to transition stores to going disposable bag free. Volunteers sew and donate cloth bags to stores, libraries, farmer’s markets, and other venues that want to reduce their bag waste.
• Buy in bulk. Instead of purchasing groceries plastic packaging, find stores that offer products in bulk bins and ask if you can bring your own reusable bags or containers.
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