Here is your Monday Action for the week of 9/25/17: Tell your State Senator that bringing more natural gas to Mass is like bringing more coal to Newcastle.
There’s a quasi-independent entity that operates the electric grid in the region called ISO New England or ISO-NE. They keep up-to-the-minute data online if you want to see exactly when the peak electric use was today, how much wholesale electricity costs right now and lots of other cool, nerdy stuff if you’re into that. If you’re not, you just need to know that ISO-NE is responsible for keeping the lights on and they’re serious about reliability as well as cost.
A team of Mothers Out Front spoke up at an ISO-NE meeting recently to question why they assumed more “natural” gas will be used to generate electricity, when they also predicted that solar and energy efficiency will cover any increase in electricity use for the next 10 years. It seems like they want to use more gas, and to justify building more pipelines, even though they know it’s not necessary.
We need our legislators to ask hard questions of ISO-NE too. Look up your State Senator here and call with questions of your own. Here’s some talking points:
- New England already relies on natural gas to generate over 50% of our electricity, why would we want to add more?
- With 50% of households also heating with gas, we need to diversify our energy sources
We want ISO-NE to help lead the transition to a clean grid — renewables backed by storage (check out this video of Sterling MA leading the way) — as quickly as possible.
We see California and New York embracing distributed energy, and want ISO-NE to do the same.
That’s it for this week! Thank you for doing your part in moving us toward a clean energy future.
In Person Events:
- TONIGHT! Monday 9/25, 6:00pm-7:00pm, Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy. 7:00-9:00pm CAN Monthly Meeting. Amherst Unitarian Society.
- Wednesday 9/27, 4:00-6:00pm, Community Choice Energy (CCE plus) Meeting. In Hadley. For location and info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sunday 10/8, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. We’re back to meeting at the Smith College Campus Center. Contact email@example.com.
- Monday 10/16, 6:00-8:00pm, Amherst Mothers Out Front Monthly Community Meeting. Light dinner, children welcome, eat, learn and take action. Same place as usual. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To join any of the Pioneer Valley MOF working groups on Zero Energy buildings, Community Choice Electricity, or home energy efficiency, contact us at email@example.com.
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