The solar industry in Massachusetts has been growing by leaps and bounds: we were ranked fourth in the nation for solar installed last year -- beating far sunnier states like Texas and Arizona.
But now, solar is in trouble. There's a cap on the number of large solar installations that can use net metering, which allows solar owners to be paid for the electricity they generate. The cap has already been reached in some parts of the state, and it will be reached in others soon -- threatening the continued development of the Massachusetts solar industry.
Utilities like National Grid and Eversource know that solar threatens their old-fashioned business model, and they're fighting to keep the net metering cap in place. These are the same utility companies that broke their contracts with Cape Wind and are now advocating for new fracked gas pipelines. We need to fight back!
We're joining forces with solar advocates across Massachusetts and calling our legislators to eliminate the net metering cap. Join us!
Here's how to participate:
2) Ask your State Senator and Representative to support legislation that would lift the net metering cap. Here's a basic script you can use:
I’m a constituent of yours. I'm calling to urge you to raise the caps on net metering so that the solar industry can continue to provide clean energy and good jobs to Massachusetts. Will you support raising the net metering caps?
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--Attributed to St. Francis of Assisi
We welcome the strong prophetic witness on climate change offered this week by His Holiness Pope Francis in his encyclical “Laudato Si’.”
Pope Francis addresses this encyclical to people everywhere: “Now, faced as we are with global environmental deterioration, I wish to address every person living on this planet.... In this Encyclical, I would like to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home.” We hope that indeed people of all faiths will heed his words and take action. As the Pope affirms, climate change is largely human-caused. In keeping with his commitment to the marginalized and vulnerable, Pope Francis emphasizes that climate change has especially devastating effects on the poor. Addressing climate change is an essential aspect of ethics. As individuals we must reduce our personal consumption of fossil fuels; as citizens, we must push for effective governmental and international action.Read more
A few weeks ago, the Department of Public Utilities opened an investigation into ways to lower energy costs (Docket 15-37). So far, so good: we all want lower electricity and heating costs. The Department of Public Utilities is part of the state government, and they're supposed to be looking out for our interests as consumers.
Unfortunately, the Department of Public Utilities seems to be more interested in protecting the gas industry. The DPU says that they are planning to focus their investigation on ways for utility companies “to contract for new natural gas delivery capacity, with cost recovery through electric distribution rates.”
In other words: the Department of Public Utilities wants new fracked gas pipelines -- and they want ratepayers to pay for them.
We need to shine a spotlight on what the DPU is doing, and show them that Massachusetts ratepayers refuse to bear the costs of dangerous and unnecessary new gas pipelines!
As citizens, we have a right to submit comments to the Department of Public Utilities. Submit your comment by clicking here!
The deadline is Monday, June 15, so submit a comment today if you can!