August 29, 2017
Busy September and One Last August Call to Action for New York State:
Upcoming Events, Hearings & Rallies!

NEW YORK STATE (you don't need to be in NY to participate)
Stop Pipelines Serving the CPV Power Plant
Tell Governor Cuomo and the DEC to deny permits

We have just a couple of days to make sure the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) denies permits for two fracked-gas pipelines and two huge compressor stations. They are proposed to be built in the Upper Delaware and Mid-Hudson valleys and through NY's valuable Black Dirt Region (pictured below).
If allowed, these projects—Millennium’s “Valley Lateral” pipeline and “Eastern System Upgrade”—will move fracked gas from Pennsylvania to the massive new “Competitive Power Ventures” (CPV) power plant in Orange County, NY.
CPV needs fracked gas to operate. By stopping these “feeder” projects, we can stop CPV.

The DEC will make a decision by August 31st.
WE NEED YOU and hundreds of friends and neighbors from NY, PA, and across the northeast to call, tweet, fax, and email Governor Cuomo, day and night, urging him to stop these gas projects.
1. CALL Cuomo’s office DAILY: 518-474-8390 (press 1 to leave a message, 2 to speak to an operator)

Sample comments:
Hi, I’m calling to urge Governor Cuomo and the DEC to deny the Water Quality Certificates and all permits for Millennium’s Valley Lateral pipeline and Eastern System Upgrade. These fracked-gas projects will harm our air, water, health and safety. NY needs to cut greenhouse gas emissions and invest in renewables now!

[Don’t forget to leave your name and zip code]

2. TWEET these and your own (polite) messages @NYGovCuomo & @NYSDEC:
.@NYGovCuomo @NYSDEC: NO PERMITS for the fracked-gas Valley Lateral pipeline & Eastern System Upgrade. NY wants #renewablesnow !
4th biggest user of fracked "natural" gas in US? NY doesn't want that, @NYGovCuomo. #StopCPV & its fracked-gas feeder pipelines.
A #FrackFree state needs frack-free power, @NYGovCuomo & @NYSDEC. No permits for Valley Lateral pipeline & Eastern System Upgrade! #StopCPV.
.@NYGovCuomo, you banned #fracking because you know "natural" gas is toxic. So stop the Valley Lateral & ESU fracked-gas #pipelines!
.@NYGovCuomo, I support protecting our climate, too. Reject the Valley Lateral fracked-gas pipeline!
3. FAX the governor (518-474-1513) DAY or NIGHT (No fax? No problem.... Use the free online FaxZero tool. )

Use this message or your own:
Dear Governor Cuomo:
Please REJECT THE WATER QUALITY CERTIFICATES AND PERMITS FOR MILLENNIUM’S VALLEY LATERAL PIPELINE AND EASTERN SYSTEM UPGRADE. These fracked-gas projects—AND the 650-megawatt CPV power plant in Upstate NY that they would fuel—are the wrong direction for New York. Not only would they pollute our air, threaten our water and jeopardize our health, these projects would dramatically INCREASE greenhouse-gas emissions at a time when the climate crisis requires that we CUT them, fast. We need you to be the climate leader you claim to be.  No more fracked gas in New York!
[Your name, city, state and zip]

4. EMAIL the governor through his contact page

Use the same message suggested for #3 (above), or write one of your own.

CONNECTICUT (you don't need to be from CT to participate)
Connecticut Clean Energy Rally
Please join co-sponsors 350 CT, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Consumers for Sensible Energy, CT Fund for the Environment, and CT Sierra Club at a rally before the final CES hearing and come into the hearing to submit comments for an energy system that meets the needs of the people.
CT Energy Policy affects all of us. Crucial pushback against reliance on natural gas and FOR clean energy happening now. Get there if you can to advocate for changes to the CT Comprehensive Energy Strategy.

Thursday, September 7 at 6 PM
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
123 Huntington St.
New Haven, CT

» Facebook event page
» Schedule for remaining hearings with DEEP and comment period info here

Renewable Portfolio Standard - Bill Hearing!

The Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE) will hold a hearing on bills related to the Renewable Portfolio Standard on September 19, 2017. The RPS is a critical tool for advancing clean energy. Come show your support!
Room A-2 (may move)

Mass Power Forward supports increasing the Renewable Portfolio Standard by 3% each year, driving demand for renewable power and growing our local clean energy industries. We also support a statewide solar target of 25% solar by 2030. Additionally, we support a proposal by Rep. Khan to accelerate the RPS by 2% per year while incorporating municipal light plants into the state’s clean energy goals.

An act relative to solar power and the green economy - Rep. Mark / Sen. Eldridge
An Act to Increase the RPS and Ensure Compliance with the GWSA - Rep. Khan / Sen. Pacheco

Tuesday, September 19 at 1 PM - 5 PM
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon St.
Boston, MA

» Facebook Event page from Mass Power Forward
» Facebook Event page from Mothers Out Front

DPU Reform Bill (H3400) Hearing
Mark your calendars for October 17th - that’s the date of the hearing on several bills relating to gas infrastructure, including the DPU Reform bill, which was written in response to the many abuses of discretion experienced by the NED opposition.  If you are interested in testifying - based on your experience as a potentially impacted landowner, thwarted intervenor, or otherwise - please contact PLAN-NE.  They want to make sure that all of the bases are covered at the hearing.

Mass CEC's HeatSmart Program Extended to Sept. 15

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center has come out with "HeatSmart Massachusetts" (HeatSmart Mass), which seeks to increase the adoption of small-scale clean heating and cooling technologies in participating communities through a competitive solicitation process that aggregates homeowner buying power to lower installation prices for participants."

It's modeled on the Solarize Mass program, available to individual municipalities or groups of municipalities working together.  Deadline for this pilot program is September 15th.  Seems like a good step for communities working towards 100% renewables.

HeatSmart Massachusetts (HeatSmart Mass) seeks to increase the adoption of small-scale clean heating and cooling technologies in participating communities through a competitive solicitation process that aggregates homeowner buying power to lower installation prices for participants.

Please submit all questions to the HeatSmart Massachusetts Team, at “HeatSmart Massachusetts Pilot RFP – Community Question” must appear in the email subject line. Responses to submitted questions, and other frequently asked questions, will be posted on MassCEC’s website.
» More information
Mass Power Forward's 100% Renewable Energy Communities program

Across Massachusetts, cities and towns are already leading the way towards 100 percent renewable energy.
For example:
• New Bedford has installed 16 megawatts of solar to power its municipal facilities, and more than a third of the vehicles in its municipal fleet are electric vehicles.
• Cambridge has adopted a Net Zero Action Plan, laying out steps for the city to reduce carbon emissions from its buildings by 70 percent by 2040.
• Sutton has received $440,000 in funding for energy efficiency upgrades for municipal buildings through the Green Communities program.

What can YOU do? 
We have built you a toolkit walks your local team through the process of figuring out what your town has done, and helps you think about next steps.
– Join an upcoming webinar (or watch a recording) to learn how to assess your town’s progress and choose your next steps
– Complete our clean energy checklist on your town’s actions so far
– Build your team, and select your first  project or policy to work on from our list of recommendations.
– Form an energy committee if your community does not have one already
– Ask your city councilors or selectboard members to pass a resolution committing your community to achieve 100 percent renewable energy and identifying the next steps your community will take to achieve that goal. (If you live in a community with town meetings, consider introducing the resolution at your next town meeting.) See a sample resolution in Cambridge here.
– Choose a local clean energy policy or project from our list and get it done!

For more information or for help and coaching to get projects done in your town, email us!

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Chime in on the Baker Administration's Priorities Survey

The Baker Administration has an online Priorities Survey. What better chance to let them know we want clean energy and increased incentives for efficiency instead of further expansion of fossil fuels.

You need to choose at least one of the listed issues:
— Promote Job Creation
— Lower Health Care Costs
— Reduce Energy Costs
— Strengthen Towns & Cities

And then answer this question:
Is there anything else we should focus on?

Sample thoughts:
- Stick with your promise to adhere to the Paris Climate Agreement.
- Do not allow further fossil fuel development.
- Make all state permits adhere to Global Warming Solutions Act regulations and take cumulative emissions into account.
- Prioritize clean energy and grid storage for any new demand, and energy efficiency programs to reduce demand.

Delaware Riverkeeper and Stop the Pipelines plan FERC Protest in D.C. on September 20th

A quorum has been restored at FERC with the confirmation of Trump’s two nominees, Robert Powelson and Neil Chatterjee. By adding these pro-fossil fuel commissioners to FERC, the abuses of power will only continue and get worse as they carry out Trump’s dirty energy agenda.

FERC will be back to holding monthly meetings, starting with the meeting they've scheduled for Wednesday, September 20th. We need to be there in big numbers that day to let FERC and Congress know that the direction they plan to take the country is unacceptable and that we won’t tolerate it.

We’ve been FERCed long enough! Join us in D.C. to send that message on September 20th! Save the date! Details to come!

Wednesday, September 20 at 9 AM - 5 PM
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Headquarters
888 1st St NE
Washington, DC

» Please see the sign up sheet for more info and to sign up!

Many more events including weekly vigils
and protests
- (See a full list on our Events Page)

Peaceful Action to Protect Sacred Native Lands in Shutesbury. Join us in solidarity in a peaceful vigil to protest neo-colonialism in Shutesbury, and to honor the sovereignty and rights of native peoples everywhere. The Shutesbury Planning Board has issued a permit to Lake Street Development (based in Chicago) to build a solar farm on a suspected Native American burial ground and stone prayer grouping on Nashaway Nipmuc land. The Planning Board has refused to allow a Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) to survey the land, when in-fact the first condition of the Special Permit actually requires a THPO to review a suspected Native site. Instead they brought in an archaeologist who openly admited on record that he was not trained to identify such sites. They skipped this crucial step and issued the permit, disregarding the law. This is a peaceful vigil and rally. Bring signs, drums, prayers, your families and communities, and please help us spread the word! We will be gathering on the Shutesbury Town Common, directly across from the Town Hall.
» Facebook Event Page
6 PM – 7:30 PM
Shutesbury Town Common
Shutesbury, MA

We're fighting the CT Expansion pipeline, Atlantic Bridge and others, keeping an eye out for possible resurrection of NED or other new projects. We're also working with PLAN-NE, Mass Power Forward and other organizations to help ensure bold steps away from fossil fuel dependency continue and grow!

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