Letter to the editor (not published yet) re: Kinder-Morgan pipeline

From Rabbi Judy Weiss in Brookline, a well-known LTE writer and champion of climate causes: From: Judy Weiss Subject: Letter to editor To: northshore@wickedlocal.com Dear Editor, Charlotte Kahn’s climate change column is excellent, as always. But she made one questionable comment: regarding public protests against proposals for new Kinder Morgan pipelines to carry gas for … Continue reading Letter to the editor (not published yet) re: Kinder-Morgan pipeline

New guide aims to help steer solar energy into low-income communities

[note: please don't forget to sign Salem SAFE's petition to stop gas leaks in Massachusetts! We only need 16 more signatures!] Conference committee members are "trading proposals back and forth." New standards now being promoted would make Massachusetts lead the country in affordable solar energy, particularly for low-income cities and towns. However, the new standards … Continue reading New guide aims to help steer solar energy into low-income communities

Call for action from Jeffrey Barz-Snell, Co-Chair of SAFE

The following email was sent our Co-Chair, Jeffrey Barz-Snell, out to the SAFE listserve regarding a bill in the House that could bring solar power business in our state to a grinding halt. We are posting Jeffrey's letter here as well and hope that you will write your State Representatives and State Senators as a result. … Continue reading Call for action from Jeffrey Barz-Snell, Co-Chair of SAFE

OPINION: DeLeo is the reason solar on hold

Massachusetts House Representative Marjorie Decker recently held a press conference underlining the need to immediately lift the cap on net metering. Massachusetts is in danger of not only losing 15,000 solar jobs, but also of losing its solar installation companies to other states with solar legislation that is more favorable. From CommonWealth Magazine, by Kate … Continue reading OPINION: DeLeo is the reason solar on hold

As solar becomes more cost-competitive, utilities look at how new technology affects their business models

This is occurring all over the country with respect to large utilities pushing back against the different forms of renewable energy, especially solar. It's from the Al Jazeera America news site. This explains the issues quite well. From  Al Jazeera America contributor, Renee Lewis: States weigh rate changes for rooftop solar: “Utilities don’t want to … Continue reading As solar becomes more cost-competitive, utilities look at how new technology affects their business models

Everybody aboard the energy omnibus: House preparing comprehensive electricity bill

House officials are creating an “omnibus” energy bill, which may lead to one of the more interesting debates on Beacon Hill in years. House Speaker Robert DeLeo (pictured below) has been discussing this for some time, his approach being that when there are many debated yet related issues, the best thing is consolidate them into … Continue reading Everybody aboard the energy omnibus: House preparing comprehensive electricity bill