SUGGESTIONS FOR ACTION – Pick one or many!
( NEW TO THE ISSUE? Check our Getting Started page. )
WHAT YOU CAN DO
• SPEAK OUT AGAINST EVERSOURCE SOLAR CUSTOMER FEES •
From Alliance for Solar Choice
Recently in Massachusetts, the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) approved major utility Eversource’s changes to its rates to discriminate against homeowners who go solar. Governor Baker and Massachusetts lawmakers are national leaders in clean energy deployment, but Eversource’s new rates take us backwards.
“Demand charges” will be based off of the single hour in a month when solar homeowners use the most energy. Fifteen states across the country – from California, to Oklahoma, to Georgia – have rejected these charges because they are incredibly arbitrary and difficult for homeowners to manage.
» Send Governor Baker and your legislators the message today
Don’t penalize Eversource solar customers with discriminatory new demand charges!
• CONNECTICUT’S COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY STRATEGY •
For the first time in five years, Connecticut lawmakers have drafted a comprehensive energy strategy (CES) that serves as a roadmap for Connecticut’s energy future. Unfortunately, the draft fails to deliver any meaningful improvements or commitments to Connecticut’s clean energy economy.
The CES outlines a vision that would slow Connecticut’s path to investing in clean energy. The CES also limits private investments in solar power and restricts customer choices about where they get energy.
By taking action, you will tell CT lawmakers that you support:
• Connecticut accelerating renewable energy and electric vehicle growth with a 50% statewide renewable energy goal by 2030.
• Customers making their own energy decisions, including the option to choose solar with rooftop solar or community solar.
• SPEAK OUT ON OFF-SHORE DRILLING •
BOEM (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management) Schedules
Open House Meetings on 2019-2024 Off-Shore Drilling Plan
Please make your voice heard on this disastrous plan at the Open House Meeting and on the docket.
» Instructions for submitting comments online or in print by mail or hand delivery
» Direct link to online comment portal
FURTHER INFO ON PROPOSAL:
• Sign this action alert to tell federal representatives to oppose the plan to expand offshore drilling
• LOCAL ACTIONS FOR GREENING YOUR TOWN / CITY •
There are state programs to help push your city or town toward more clean and efficient power use, including making solar and conversion to clean household heating systems more affordable through aggregate purchasing.
• TALK TO YOUR BOARD OF HEALTH •
The Massachusetts Association of Health Boards (MAHB) are asking Boards of Health to sign on to a letter to Governor Baker, asking him to consider and appropriately address the health hazards of fracked gas infrastructure development.
Fracked gas contains a lot of threats to public health:
• cancer causing chemicals like benzene
• radioactive elements like radon
• small particles that cause
respiratory damage and asthma
More than 50 Boards of Health have approved signing onto it.
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!
Ask your Board of Health members (and any health care professionals you know) to attend this important, informative conference.
• LAW SUIT TO PROTECT NATIVE AMERICAN SITES •
Narragansett Law Suit against FERC
FERC approved the CT Expansion pipeline before cultural surveys were conducted for Native American sites in the area. When the survey discovered over 70 in the pipeline path, the Deputy Historic Preservation Officer for the Narragansett Indian Tribe was told it was too late to change the route and 1/3 would be destroyed. He is now suing FERC to make them adhere to NHPA rules.
» FOR MORE INFO and TO CONTRIBUTE: http://tinyurl.com/SaveMANativeSites
• REVIEW AND COMMENT ON THE 4th NATIONAL CLIMATE ASSESSMENT •
This report is an authoritative assessment of the science of climate change, with a focus on the United States, the Fourth National Climate Assessment, mandated by the Global Change Research Act of 1990. A partial report is available for public viewing. The full report is up for public review and comment for those who register as reviewers.
» Learn how to participate
» Learn about the Alliance for Climate Education
Alliance for Climate Education helps get solid information, problem solving and activism and leadership skills to young people who will carry our fight into the coming decades.
— Multimedia resources
— Teacher resources, including lesson plans
— Action program including fellowships for students, DOT (do one thing) actions, student action teams
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!
• Plant a Tree!
— Free Trees from BEAT! Neighborhoods in Pittsfield are now a part of a statewide program to increase canopy cover, reduce energy costs for heating and cooling, and make our neighborhoods healthier. Come visit our table and find out more about getting FREE TREES, PROFESSIONALLY PLANTED, FOR FREE! Hosted by Pittsfield Greening the Gateway City – Free Trees and Berkshire Environmental Action Team.
» Contact Jane Winn of Berkshire Environmental Action Team
» 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.
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