April 30, 2019

 
 
 
 

CLEAN ENERGY REGULATIONS - MASSACHUSETTS HEARINGS

Many of us in the clean energy advocacy community are concerned that the proposed changes to these Massachusetts regulations amount to loosening of the definitions for qualifying biomass, and other weakening of restrictions, that will be environmentally detrimental.

Hearings, all at 1pm:
May 13, 2019
100 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room
Boston, MA 02114

May 16, 2019
UMass Amherst
Olver Design Building, Room 162
551 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003

May 17, 2019
Mt. Wachusett Community College
Arthur F. Haley Academic Building, Multi-Purpose Room #115
444 Green Street
Gardner, MA 01440

Verbal and written testimony will be accepted at the hearing(s); however, parties are requested to provide written copies of their testimony.
 
Written comments will be accepted on the APS regulation until 5 PM on May 13, 2019.  Please submit written comments on the APS regulation to Samantha Meserve electronically to Thermal.DOER@mass.gov or via mail to the Department of Energy Resources, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1020, Boston, MA 02114.
 
Written comments on the RPS Class I and RPS Class II Regulations will be accepted until 5 PM on May 24, 2019. Please submit written comments on the RPS Class I and RPS Class II regulations to John Wassam electronically to DOER.RPS@mass.gov or via mail to the Department of Energy Resources, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1020, Boston, MA 02114.



BIOMASS RELATED EVENT
WEDNESDAY — MAY 8, 2019 — FITZWILLIAM, NH

— Burned: Are Trees The New Coal?: Free Film Screening & Panel Discussion
FREE FILM SCREENING & PANEL DISCUSSION on this feature-length documentary, which takes an unwavering look at the latest energy industry solution to climate change. The film tells the story of how woody biomass has become the fossil-fuel industry’s renewable, green savior, and of the people and parties who are both fighting against and promoting its adoption and use.

Through interviews with activists, experts, and citizens, along with verité-style footage shot across the U.S. and in the EU and UK, the film interweaves the science of climate change, the escalating energy-policy disputes, the dynamics of forest ecology, the biomass industry practices, the conflict between jobs and trees, and the actions of activists and citizens who are working to protect their own health, their communities, the forest, and the planet’s climate.

Woven together, the various stories present an intimate and visceral account of what is at this moment in time a critical, yet mostly unknown, national and international controversy.
EVENT SPONSORS: ECHO Action NH: #FossilFree603 Environmental Justice Network in coordination with Fitzwilliam residents Kevin Woolley and Stephanie Scherr.
Free Public Event

6 PM – 8 PM
Fitzwilliam Town Library
11 Templeton Tpke
Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire 03447



JOB OPPORTUNITY!
No Fracked Gas in Mass Seeks Campaign Associates
for EE Pittsfield Campaign

The Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) is seeking two individuals to be a part of our No Fracked Gas in Mass program to assist with our EE Pittsfield Campaign promoting energy efficiency. These are temporary positions from May through August 2019, approximately 11 hours per week, $15/hour paid by monthly stipend.

RELATED EVENT
EE Pittsfield : Pittsfield Green Drinks for May

At our May meeting we'll welcome Rose Wessel from No Fracked Gas in Mass to talk about the EE Pittsfield program. We start gathering at 5:15 pm and our guest speaks at 6 pm for about 30 minutes. Find us in the back room. EE Pittsfield is a new initiative from BEAT and No Fracked Gas in Mass. Join us to learn about making your home cozier, cheaper, and better for the planet.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring your questions! Free and open to all. What is Green Drinks? These monthly meetings are a  great way of catching up with people you know and for making new contacts. The drinks aren't green but the conversations are. Come along and you’ll be made welcome.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 5:15 PM – 7 PM
J. Allen's Clubhouse Grille
41 North St.
Pittsfield, Massachusetts


TONIGHT IN PITTSFIELD!
TUESDAY — APRIL 30, 2019 — PITTSFIELD, MA

FRIDAY — MAY 3, 2019 — BOSTON (and each county), MA

Barnstable: Dowses Beach (7-8 am)
Berkshire: Great Barrington Town Hall
Dukes: Tisbury Town Hall
Essex: Lynn City Hall
Franklin: Greenfield Town Hall
Hampden: Springfield District Court
Hampshire: Northampton City Hall
Middlesex: Melrose City Hall
Norfolk: Quincy City Hall
Plymouth: Plymouth Town Hall
Worcester: Worcester City Hall
Boston: MA state house! All Day!

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SATURDAY — MAY 4, 2019 — AMHERST, MA

SATURDAY — MAY 4, 2019 — SAUGERTIES, NY
Saugerties GoSmartGoGreen Fair
A Showcase of Practical Ideas for Making Saugerties Greener. Addressing climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a critical issue of our time.
The fair will feature hands-on electric car demonstrations, information on energy audits for home and business owners, solar-energy options, new recycling rules, plastic-free options, energy-efficient products, food scraps composting, and how Saugerties is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. Free admission, children’s games, refreshments, raffle prize. First 50 to sign in will get a free Climate Smart cloth shopping bag! The fair is co-sponsored by Climate Smart Saugerties and the Chamber of Commerce.
Noon – 4PM
Greco Senior Center
207 Market Street
Saugerties, NY  12477


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MONDAY — MAY 6, 2019 — WORCESTER, MA
— Green New Deal Town Hall. Join us at this Town Hall to hear leaders in our community share about how the Green New Deal is the biggest opportunity of our lifetime to invest in the American people, and what that looks like for us.

6:45 PM – 8:15 PM

YWCA Central Massachusetts
1 Salem Sq, Worcester, MA




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