June 8, 2016
MA Energy Bill to be taken up TODAY (6/7)
by the House - voting starts at 11:00
Please comment NOW!

Massachusetts is a national leader on clean energy,  but now we find ourselves at a crossroads: our state is poised to invest billions of dollars to replace retiring power plants with long-lived infrastructure that will shape our future.

Comprehensive energy policy is now advancing through the state legislature. Can you urge your elected officials to invest in clean energy like wind and solar, and to ban any public financing of fracked gas pipelines?
Tell Governor Baker and your state legislators you want Massachusetts to power forward with clean energy!

» Visit Clean Water Action's page to send your message

» Read the Bill's current text 
Be sure to click on the Amendments tab to see suggested changes to this bill, the list keeps growing as they discuss the bill. Many are helpful additions, some are not.

— #27 Prohibition of Electric Customer Support for Gas Pipeline Expansion
— #29 Recording and repair of the most wasteful natural gas leaks
These are the big ones! Contact your MA Rep. today and tell them to support them!

Other amendments to support:
— #2 - RPS Annual Growth Increase
— #4 - Commission to Decommission
— #5 - Prompt Decommissioning
— #7 - Green Bank to Promote Clean Energy

Amendment of concern:
Amendment #14 may exempt some of the larger energy users from energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, which should not be allowed.

Find your Rep's contact information by plugging in your zip code at http://www.malegislature.gov.

Development of the Next Solar Incentive

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is in the process of designing a new solar incentive program pursuant to Chapter 75 of the Acts of 2016 signed into law by Governor Baker on April 11, 2016. DOER is working to create a long-term sustainable solar incentive program to promote cost-effective solar development in the Commonwealth and this page is designed to provide an overview of past and planned public meetings, relevant documents, presentations, and reports related to the new program.

This page provides the latest information regarding the process of developing the next solar incentive program. More information will be provided on this page as the process unfolds.

The Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is in the process of designing a new solar incentive program pursuant to Chapter 75 of the Acts of 2016. DOER is working to create a long-term sustainable solar incentive program to promote cost-effective solar development in the Commonwealth.

With this effort, DOER will conduct two public listening sessions to receive verbal and written comments on the development of the next solar incentive. The time and location of the public hearings as well as information regarding where written comments should be directed are as follows:

June 10, 2016 from 1:00-3:00 PM
Worcester State University
Ghosh Science & Technology Center
486 Chandler Street, Room 102
Worcester, MA 01602

June 22, 2016 from 1:00-3:00 PM
MassART, Tower Auditorium
621 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115

Written comments will be accepted beginning today and ending on June 30, 2016.

DOER requests that written comments be submitted as attached pdf files to emails addressed to DOER.SREC@state.ma.us, with the word COMMENTS in the subject line.

Alternatively, comments can be submitted via mail to:
Kaitlin Kelly
Department of Energy Resources
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1020
Boston, MA 02114.

RFQ for Post-1600 MW Solar Policy Development Technical Support

On February 5, 2016, DOER posted an RFQ for technical support in analyzing different policy frameworks for the post-1600 MW solar incentive program.  As a part of this process, DOER selected Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC of Framingham, MA from the respondents to the RFQ.

For general information purposes, the RFQ is provided below:
» Post -1600 MW Solar Policy Development Technical Support
A chance to shape pipeline safety regulations
From Pipeline Safety Trust  - Deadline extended to July 7

For those not familiar with the Pipeline Safety Trust, they are a citizens' advocacy group dedicated to providing chances for the public to engage with regulators to bring about change. 

Attention Pipeline Safety Advocates - 

Comments are due on the PHMSA gas rule on July 7, 2016.  The deadline was extended from June 7.  The proposed rule, supporting documents and comments filed by others can be found on http://regulations.gov under Docket number PHMSA-2011-0023.  

We will be posting a number of resources for assisting you in preparing your comments, and you will be able to find all of it in the next few days on our web page devoted to informing the public about opportunities to participate in various pipeline safety proceedings: .  

We will be posting: 

• a set of talking points - essentially an outline of the comments we intend to file, and issues you may want to mention in your comments.  Our full comments will be posted a bit later, but before the comment deadline.  

• a short white paper we commissioned from Richard Kuprewicz of Accufacts, Inc. on Engineering Critical Assessments (ECAs), what they are, how they appear in the proposed rule, and circumstances in which their use should be carefully limited.  

• a short white paper we jointly commissioned with the Environmental Defense Fund from MJ Bradley and Associates on methane emissions from non-emergency blowdowns (like MAOP verifications, repairs and the like) and mitigation options, including a brief analysis of the cost effectiveness of the mitigation options.  

Please contact Rebecca if you have questions.  

Rebecca Craven
Program Director
Pipeline Safety Trust
300 N. Commercial Street
Bellingham WA 98225

MA Attorney General "Listening Sessions"
A chance to discuss Otis State Forest case and Article 97

The Office of Attorney General Maura Healey will be hosting listening sessions in Worcester and Springfield, devoted to hearing directly from residents. They want to hear from you about the environmental and energy issues.

This is a crucial time to talk to the AG's office about the Connecticut Expansion pipeline case where Berkshire Co. Court ruled in favor of Kinder Morgan being allowed to condemn the pipeline right of way through Otis State Forest and set a precedent on Ariticle 97 vs. eminent domain for pipelines across the state.

More info at http://tinyurl.com/OSFappeal
It’s best to register for the event of your choice by getting tickets on EventBrite, or RSVP to agocommunityengagement@state.ma.us

Monday, June 13, 2016
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Mass Audubon's Broad Meadow Brook
Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary
414 Massasoit Road
Worcester, MA 01604

» FREE Tickets at EventBrite, or RSVP to

Thursday, June 16, 2016
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
UMass Center at Springfield
Tower Square
1500 Main Street
Springfield, MA 01115

» FREE Tickets at EventBrite, or RSVP to agocommunityengagement@state.ma.us

"Pipeline tax" still being pursued by gas-fired electric generation companies - Pittsfield hearing scheduled

National Grid and Eversource are still pressing on with their request to the MA DPU for permission to charge their electric ratepayers and extra tariff to cover their costs for pipeline capacity contracts, aka "The Pipeline Tax".

The Mass. DPU has scheduled a 3rd public comment hearing for Pittsfield concerning DPU docket no. 16-05, the proposed National Grid contract on Access Northeast and DPU docket no. 15-181, the proposed Eversource contract.

"The Department will conduct a third public hearing to receive comments on the Companies’ petition:
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
5:00 p.m.
The Berkshire Athenaeum

(Pittsfield’s Public Library)
One Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA 01201

#No Pipeline Tax Stand-Out Rally in front of the Athenaeum and around Park Square, from 4-4:30. Bring signs - but without poles (picket poles are against City of Pittsfield regulations). We'll have an open mic available for speakers like we did for the Berkshire Superior Court case rally.

Springfield City Council takes 'pro-environment' stands on gas leaks, bottle bill

SPRINGFIELD – As encouraged by environmental activists, the City Council on Monday approved separate resolutions on Monday – one supporting legislation aimed at reducing gas leaks, and the other opposing any effort to weaken the bottle redemption system in Massachusetts.

The council resolutions, that are non-binding but express the stance of its members, were initiated by Ward 3 Councilor Melvin Edwards, triggered no objections from councilors, and were applauded by residents and activists attending the meeting at City Hall.

In one resolution, the council supported two House bills regarding gas leaks. One bill would prevent utility companies from charging customers for the cost of lost and unaccounted for gas, and the other bill would require companies to repair gas leaks whenever a road is opened up for construction, according to a summary of the bills by the Sierra Club of Massachusetts.

» Read full article

Three editions of Boston Globe showcase both sides of the pipeline debate - public polls on each

The Boston Globe has just paired pro and con opinion pieces on whether the opposition to pipelines in the Commonwealth should continue – one in the Boston Globe West, Boston Globe North and Boston Globe South.

Please vote in all three polls.
A "Yes" vote means you think opposition to pipelines should continue.

Here are the links:
» South edition
» West edition
» North edition

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