February 8, 2018

 
 
 
 

EVENTS
SATURDAY — FEBRUARY 9, 2019 — MIDDLETOWN, NY

LOVE NY LOVE OUR CHILDREN: DON’T FRACK IT UP.  
Join us in front of the CPV site along with visiting guests from 350.org to remind them that we are still here and not backing down till the CPV plant is shut down. The plant became operational in January of 2018 and since then hundreds of people have reported adverse health impacts including burning eyes, lips, throats, headaches, and respirator problems, foul odors and noises.

Hope to see you there. Please wear red and orange if you can. Join us for lunch afterwards at the Indian restaurant.
If you haven’t already please sign and share our petition for oversight hearings.

11:00 A.M.
CPV Power Plant Site
3330 Route 6
Middletown, NY
 

TUESDAY — FEBRUARY 12, 2019 — NORTH ADAMS, MA
Beeswax Wrap DIY Workshop
Avoiding plastics = cutting fossil fuel use!

5:00PM to 6:30PM
UNO Community Center
157 River Street
North Adams, MA  01247

» RSVP by contacting Bret Beattie at (413) 663-7588 ext 28
or email bbeattie@nbccoalition.org


WEDNESDAY — FEBRUARY 13, 2019 — PITTSFIELD, MA
— Rep. Neal
Green New Deal Office Visit

We are visiting Rep. Richard Neal’s office to get him to co-sponsor the Resolution on a Green New Deal introduced by Ed Markey and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Rep. Neal is the only Rep in the entire MA delegation not already co-sponsoring the resolution, so he needs to hear from his constituents! Join us as we turn up the pressure!

Free Public Event, Hosted by the Sunrise Movement
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
78 Center Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

» Facebook Event Page


NEWS
Agency Head Voices Opposition To Proposed Weymouth Compressor Station
by Barbara Moran, WBUR
February 7, 2019

Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) Executive Director Marc Draisen told WBUR that his agency does not support construction of the compressor station in North Weymouth, citing concerns about climate resilience and public safety.

The surprising comments come about a month after the MAPC released its Health Impact Assessment (HIA) concluding that emissions from the compressor station are "not likely to cause health effects" to the surrounding community.

Despite the findings in the health assessment, Draisen says his agency has “deep reservations about the compressor that don't happen to be related to the air quality issues at the time of normal operations.” Draisen says these concerns fell outside the purview of his agency’s analysis. He is calling for a “complete and independent analysis” of the likelihood of an emergency like a fire or an explosion, and the public safety risks from such an event.

He added that the facility — which is part of a project to expedite the transmission of natural gas through Massachusetts, mostly for export to Canada — would undermine state carbon reduction goals. “It’s honestly hard to see how the siting of this facility would be consistent with the larger energy goals of my agency, and our desire to move strongly away from fossil fuels into renewables,” he says.


Braintree, Weymouth to appeal air permit for compressor
By Ed Baker, Wicked Local Hingham
January 31, 2019

Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan is inviting Weymouth Mayor Robert Hedlund and Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch to join him in filing a regional appeal to the state Department of Environmental Protection for issuing an air quality permit to Spectra Energy Enbridge's proposed compressor station.

"Braintree is drafting language for the appeal and the town's opposition to the permit's issuance," he said. "That is due Friday, and we will be filing."

» Read full story


New Massachusetts energy efficiency plan to push storage, heat pumps and 'demand response'
By Mary C. Serreze, MassLive
February 4, 2019

Massachusetts utilities have won approval for a "nation-leading" plan to cut electricity and natural gas sales over the next three years.

The 2019-2021 energy efficiency plan, approved by the Department of Public Utilities on Jan. 29, would cut aggregate retail electricity sales by 2.7 percent and cut natural gas sales by 1.25 percent within the three-year period.

The plan provides new tools for Mass Save, the energy efficiency program run by the state's utilities. Homeowners will see incentives to switch from oil and propane furnaces to electric heat pumps. Commercial and industrial energy storage will be encouraged; "strategic electrification" will get a boost; and "demand response" -- where customers save money by curtailing or shifting consumption during periods of heavy power demand -- will gain greater footing.

However, certain proposals that enjoyed prior stakeholder support were left on the cutting room floor by the utility regulators. The Conservation Law Foundation said the program should do more to remove barriers to participation for low- and moderate-income households.

The DPU rejected a program where homeowners would be able to use battery storage systems to dispatch electricity to the grid during periods of peak demand, saying it needed further study. The department also rejected a plan to give utilities an extra $20 for every renter they enroll in the Mass Save program.



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