January 26, 2019

 
 
 
 

Send a Letter Supporting S.1974 Online:
Level the Solar Playing Field for Smaller Towns!
Under current Massachusetts regulations, solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays of less than 60 KW owned by a municipality, are classified as ‘private’ rather than ‘public’, even though they are publicly owned.

Although there is still capacity remaining for public arrays, the cap has been reached for net metering in
most service areas for private arrays. 

This ‘private’ designation for municipal arrays smaller than 60 KW is cutting towns like Windsor with small to medium arrays out of the solar energy generation earnings afforded everyone else.

State Sen. Adam Hinds and State Rep. Paul Mark introduced a piece of legislation, S.1974, that would allow towns with small to mid-sized PV municipal arrays, to apply for net metering under the ‘public’ designation, but the bill is currently stuck in the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy.

An effort to move this bill along is being spearheaded by the Windsor Green Committee and it would benefit all municipalities with, or planning to build smaller solar arrays.

Would you send a letter? 

Please send this letter  to your Massachusetts State legislators today! Go to our Action Network page and click on "Start Writing" to get going. You can edit the letter with your own thoughts, or send it as-is.

You can also find a link to a similar letter, and other relevant information, on the Windsor town
 website.



If you have any questions, feel free to contact Windsor Green Committee members:
Stu Besnoff, 413-684-3950, stu@AlpineSolarHeat.com
Janet Bradley, 413-684-3732, Janet.Bradley2@gmail.com


Thank you for your help!

Sign the Petition: Mass Attorney General Maura Healey Calls out ISO New England to Shape Massachusetts' Clean Energy Future

ISO New England is the "air traffic controller" of New England's energy grid, and contracts with generation plants. Their history is one of calling for excessive amounts of power to be available at all times, and still mostly coming from polluting, fuel-based plants (gas, oil, biomass and even still one coal plant with no shut-down date!).  Join the AG and tell them that you want rules to promote affordable clean energy, healthy communities, and climate protection. » Sign the petition

EVENTS
TUESDAY — JANUARY 28, 2020 — NORTH ADAMS, MA
Battling Climate Change One Forest at a Time. We simultaneously face two global crises: severe climate change and catastrophic loss of biological diversity. Forests play a critical role in regulating the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and thereby help to determine the global climate. They also host the greatest number of species. On January 28th, William Moomaw, Emeritus Professor of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School – Tufts University, will give a talk titled, “Battling Climate Change One Forest at a Time.”

Free public event, hosted by MCLA

7 PM
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Murdock Hall, Room 218
Church Street
North Adams, MA  01247

» For more information, contact Elena Traister at (413) 662-5303

TUESDAY — FEBRUARY 18, 2020 — PITTSFIELD, MA
Fossil Fuel Divestment: what it is, why it matters, how to do it. Come join us on February 18th for a discussion on fossil fuel divestment with BEAT’s very own advocacy coordinator, Logan Malik. We start gathering around 5:15pm and Logan will speak at 6pm in the private dining room at Patrick’s Pub in downtown Pittsfield, MA.
Prior to joining BEAT, Logan spent several years working to get large, academic institutions to divest their endowments from fossil fuels. His efforts ultimately led to Clare Hall – one of 31 Colleges at the University of Cambridge – divesting of its £32m endowment, becoming the first College to commit to full divestment.
As part of the discussion, Logan will talk about his experience working in the divestment movement, why divesting is an important form of climate action, and what you can do to be a part of this movement.
Free public event. Hosted by Berkshire Environmental Action Team.

5:15 PM – 7 PM
Patrick’s Pub
26 Bank Row
Pittsfield, MA 01201

» Facebook event page


WEDNESDAY — FEBRUARY 26, 2020 — NORTH ADAMS, MA

Forests and carbon in a larger frame. On February 26th, Frank Lowenstein, Chief Conservation Officer at the New England Forestry Foundation, will present a talk titled, “Forests and carbon in a larger frame.”
New England is the most heavily forested region of the United States, and our forests represent a critical resource in the fight against climate change. How should we use them to best reduce the risks to a sustainable future? How do new technologies of wood construction affect this calculus, and what patterns of living do they make possible for the future? Frank Lowenstein will address these questions and provide a global-to-local look at the use, management, and protection of forests.
Free public event, hosted by MCLA

7 PM
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Murdock Hall, Room 218
Church Street
North Adams, MA  01247

» For more information, contact Elena Traister at (413) 662-5303


• Many more events on the No Fracked Gas in Mass Events page

Weymouth compressor opponents occupy Mass DEP office
By Ed Baker, Wicked Local Weymouth, January 22, 2020
» Read the full story

Protests Target a ‘Carbon Bomb’ Linking Two Major Pipelines Outside Boston
By Phil McKenna, InsideClimate News, January 17, 2020
» Read the full story

Agawam residents speak out over gas pipeline project
By Ryan Trowbridge and Audrey Russo, Western Mass News, January 21, 2020
» Read the full story

Baker’s net-zero goal is business-as-usual: It’s not climate leadership, or even followership
By Craig S Altemose, Commonwealth Magazine, January 22, 2020
» Read the full story

Greta Thunberg’s Message at Davos Forum: ‘Our House Is Still on Fire’
By Somini Sengupta, New York Times, January 21, 2020
» Read article    
» Read full speech transcript   

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