June 3, 2020

Actions You Can Take

• Net Metering Petition at FERC
Short notice!  Webinar today - 3 PM
Comment period deadline June 15, 2020

There is a petition at FERC to put net metering under the purview of FERC - the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, instead of being determined by individual states. This could have serious consequences for anyone with rooftop solar, including taxes on energy generated, loss of net metering rights and higher electric bills, and make it a prohibitive prospect for anyone thinking of getting it rooftop solar in the future.

» Webinar - June 3, 2020 at 3 PM eastern

» Further information at No Fracked Gas in Mass on the issue and how to file a comment to FERC

» At the very least, please sign the Vote Solar Petition

• SMART Program Guidelines Comment Period
Comment period deadline June 18, 2020

Changes to the SMART Program have been rolling out since last fall, one portion at a time, each with their own comment period. This latest comment period is on Guidelines regarding the Emergency Rulemaking that was just closed for comment on June 1, 2020

» Background info, links to DOER information

Cut Emissions, Save Money!

One of the most impactful ways you can start reducing your personal carbon footprint is to make your home as energy efficient as possible. In Massachusetts, the utilities are mandated to provide efficiency measures through the Mass Save program.

There are several changes to Mass Save triggered by COVID-19. One is the advent of Virtual Energy Assessments, a no-in-house visit by video conference for carrying out energy efficiency assessments.

They’re also offering increased no-cost options in connection with these new assessments.

– RESIDENTIAL – Folks who schedule a Virtual Home Energy Assessment by July 31, 2020 can qualify for 100% free insulation work.

– BUSINESSES – Small businesses who undertake a Virtual Energy Assessment and sign a contract by August 31 can qualify any of multiple efficiency offers that apply to their business. 

If ever there was a time to take advantage of the Mass Save program, it’s now!

» Visit EEPittsfield.org for links for scheduling (this website is for the EE Pittsfield initiative, but the Mass Save program is state-wide, so anyone can use this info!).

» Slide show with detailed info

Would you like to engage your community group, neighborhood association or employees in participating in the MassSave program? Talk to us! We’re happy to help get your group stared. Let us know what group communication method works best for you during this time of social isolation: info for your regular organization newsletters, conference call, Zoom meeting or presentation.

Even if people aren't gathering, events are still happening!
Check out the No Fracked Gas in Mass Event Page regularly to see what's up.

For news on various pipelines, FERC and the industry, climate and more, check out the Latest News Tab on our site.
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