Are you concerned about how climate change could affect your children’s future?
Do you want Massachusetts to be a leader in the transition to a clean-energy economy?
The Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change recently filed an energy omnibus bill entitled, An Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future (S.2302).
This energy omnibus bill would:
• Accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy by increasing the Renewable Portfolio Standard (i.e., the rate of adoption of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar) to 3% per year (it’s currently at 1% per year).
• Speed up the installation of offshore wind turbines.
• Set a new target for solar power to 20% by 2020 and 30% by 2030.
• Allow solar power to grow as fast as possible by eliminating the net metering cap, thus creating more clean-energy jobs.
• Make solar power accessible to lower-income communities.
• Cap new fees proposed for homeowners with rooftop solar arrays.
• Promote opt-in electricity rate structures that charge less for off-peak electricity usage (i.e., cheaper electricity late at night).
• Establish a new approach to grid planning, emphasizing clean, local energy.
• Protect ratepayers against self-dealing by energy conglomerates.
• Prohibit a multi-billion-dollar “pipeline tax” on electric ratepayers.
• Eliminate the utilities’ practice of charging consumers for gas losses due to leaky gas pipelines.
• Protect conservation lands from exploitation by gas companies for new pipelines and other gas infrastructure.
These reforms would allow Massachusetts to reach the goals set forth in the Global Warming Solutions Act and the Paris Climate Accord.
Please call your state senator and your state representative and ask them to pass the energy omnibus bill (S.2302) before the end of this legislative session on July 31st.
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Additional contact information for your legislators is at https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator
By Paul Lauenstein