Senator: Please Fight for More Renewables

It’s week 19 of our 40-week count down to the UN Climate Summit in Paris
Today’s Action:
Contact Your State Senator
For Solar and Against New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

Here’s your proposed message:
Dear Senator,
I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the defining issue on which future generations will judge us. We need you to be bold in fighting for solutions including preventing any new fossil-fuel infrastructure, such as proposed natural gas pipelines.

There is a moral call for a moratorium on all new fossil fuel infrastructure, including NED. Therefore it is imperative that utility companies be incentivized to support energy conservation and renewables instead of new fossil fuel infrastructure. Incentives to utilities to promote savings through conservation lag sadly behind incentives to build new infrastructure. It needs to be the other way around. What are you doing about that? The current system is taking us off the energy cliff just as the solutions are available to us. Please fix this.

I understand you support expanding solar caps to 20% of the electricity mix. Please work harder to remove all capson the integration of renewables such as wind in our grid.There should be no caps. 20% is not enough, 2025 is not fast enough. I will write to Senator Benjamin Downing, the Chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy and tell him the same.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
[YOUR NAME ]
Amherst, MA

With Mothers Out Front, Pioneer Valley
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Contact Guide:
Find Your State Senator:
Not in Massachusetts? Look up your legislator here.
Look up MA state senators and representatives here
For finding what parts of what counties are in Stan Rosenberg’s district, use this map.


Call his Northampton office:  413-584-1649 or Boston office: (617) 722-1500
and/or

Email: Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.govBackground to the DPU hearing:
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Stan Rosenberg offers the following regarding solar caps:

“On April 15, 2015, Senator James Eldridge introduced S.1770 to the Massachusetts Senate, “an act relative to net metering, community shared solar and energy storage”. The bill would implement a step by step program for the Commonwealth to achieve 20% solar powered dependency by 2025 as well as reducing greenhouse emissions and demands for electricity.

Legislation would enact a Solar Program to promote electricity suppliers to assist in developing solar and clean energy in order to achieve solar dependency.  The bill as well implements a maximum of 10 megawatts for net metering, including establishing a “community shared energy storage system,” designed for fusing businesses, families or individuals in investing in solar and energy development.

On April 15, the bill was referred to the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and energy. A public hearing was held on June 2, 2015. I would strongly recommend you reach out to Senator Benjamin Downing, the Chair of the Committee to make your voice heard.”

Senator Downing can be reached here: http://senatordowning.com/index.php?nav_id=39

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FERC is coming town to hear from you to hear about whether the proposed pipeline should be built. This is the prefiling process and exactly when you need to be involved. There four hearings coming up that where public input is requested:

Monday, August 3, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Dracut Senior High School Auditorium
1540 Lakeview Avenue
Dracut, MA 01826

Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Taconic High School Auditorium
96 Valentine Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Greenfield Community College
1 College Drive (Dining Commons)
Greenfield, MA 01301

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Lunenburg High School Auditorium
1079 Massachusetts Avenue
Lunenburg, MA 01426

Staying ahead of the proposed MA pipeline-get details atMassPLAN
Some background:

  • Berkshire Gas earlier this year imposed a moratoriumon new customers or expanded service in the region, citing a pipeline bottleneck.
  • Filings on the proposed firm transportation contract between Berkshire Gas and the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company may be viewed and downloaded at the DPU website under docket number 15-48.
  • Rosenberg has not taken a firm position on the Kinder Morgan pipeline

E-mail your objection to the proposed pipeline to:dpu.efiling@state.ma.u
And cc these folks:  
laurie.e.weisman@state.ma.us; javery@pierceatwood.com;matthew.saunders@state.ma.us;Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov;Ellen.Story@mahouse.gov; keith.barnicle@mail.house.gov

FYI, the above emails point to:
Laurie Ellen Weisman, Hearing Officer, Department of Public Utilities
Matthew Saunders, Assistant Attorney General
Stan Rosenberg, MA Senator
Ellen Story, State Rep for Hampshire
Keith Barnicle who will forward this to Jim McGovern, Congressman
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Thank you for all you do!

Your Pioneer Valley Community Organizing Team
Visit our Mothers Out Front webpage for details about ways to join us in person and online!

Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley
http://www.mothersoutfront.org/

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One thought on “Senator: Please Fight for More Renewables”

  1. Urgent correction needed! August 5th is for the Mass. Energy Facilities Siting Board Hearing (not FERC) The FERC hearing is scheduled for July 29th @ 6:30 @ Greenfield Middle School. Just prior to that hearing there will be a rally @ 5:15 (asking people to dress in green) – folks are advised to come early for that and to sign-up @ 5:30 if planning to speak at the hearing.

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