Green Collaborative Meeting to Highlight Emissions Reduction Opportunities

The featured topic at Wellesley’s Green Collaborative will be “Electricity as a Pathway to Emissions Reductions in Wellesley” on Thursday May 9, 2019, in the Wakelin Room at Wellesley Free Library. Networking will begin at 9 a.m. and the program will begin promptly at 9:15 a.m. As of June 30, 2019, electricity from the Wellesley Municipal Light Plant will contain 31% fewer emissions than in 2007. WMLP Board Member Jeff Wechsler will discuss the contributions to this success and the foundation that has been set for continued emission reductions.

Looking to the future, guest speaker David Farnsworth will discuss what must be accomplished to reliably manage the growing amount of variable generation from renewable sources and how “beneficial electrification” is part of the equation.

Wellesley’s Green Collaborative is facilitated by the Town’s Sustainable Energy Committee (SEC). The group meets several times a year and participants include representatives of various Town departments, boards and committees involved in environmental issues and representatives of grass roots environmental groups (e.g. Sustainable Wellesley), land conservation organizations (e.g. Wellesley Conservation Council and Friends of Brookside), civic groups (e.g. League of Women Voters and Rotary Club), houses of faith and any interested members of the public. The purpose is to share information and where there are common interests, find ways to collaborate.

David Farnsworth is a senior associate with the Regulatory Assistance Project (“RAP”) advises regulators and advocates on clean energy, environmental policy and regulation. Previously, while working for the Vermont Public Service Board he was a member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Staff Working Group. He was co-chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (“NARUC”) Staff Subcommittee to the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment, Vice Chair of the NARUC Staff Subcommittee to the Committee on Natural Gas and served as a staff member of the NARUC Task Force on Climate Policy.

New participants to the Green Collaborative are always welcome; no advance RSVP is required. Contact Ellen Korpi (ellenkorpi1@gmail.com) with any questions.

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