Residents filled the Municipal Light Plant meeting room with thoughtful conversation last Thursday for the Open Forum on Renewable Energy.

For those who missed the Municipal Light Plant/Sustainable Energy Committee/Board Of Selectman sponsored event and would like to encourage the Town to take specific local actions to run on clean, local sources of renewable energy; please read, consider signing and sharing this petition TODAY and come the MLP Board Meeting this Monday evening, June 26th at 5:30 PM at the Municipal Light Plant on the 2nd floor of 4 Municipal Way.

Some of the highlights of the meeting were three key requests for Municipal Light Plant Board including:

1. Formally including “renewable energy and energy conservation” in the mission statement of the Wellesley MLP

2. Developing a Wellesley-specific policy on renewable energy procurement, with measurable goals

3. Working with other Massachusetts MLPs to develop a binding agreement, perhaps through the Municipal Electric Association of Massachusetts, to meet or exceed the Clean Energy Standards — this is particularly important if the MLPs continue to request that they be considered exempt from the state’s Clean Energy Standards

There will be continued dialogue on this topic so be sure to be part of it.

Phyllis Theermann

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paris climate agreement

In response to the decision to withdraw our country from the Paris Climate Agreement, the leadership team of Sustainable Wellesley reaffirms our commitment to the goals of the agreement, and to taking local actions that reduce Wellesley’s greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change.

Take action with us today by signing our petition request, urging the Wellesley Board of Selectmen and the Board of the Municipal Light Plant to commit to a goal of 100 percent renewable energy and to accept the authority of the state Department of Environmental Protection in support of the goals and principles of the state Global Warming Solutions Act.

We can’t change the choices made at the federal level, but we can choose an energy future for our town that reflects our values and priorities. By proving that climate change solutions work, we can set an example at the local level that shows it’s possible to transition to a clean energy future statewide.

Across the U.S., cities and towns are leading the way towards 100 percent renewable energy. Wellesley can join this historic movement to invest in the health and future of our planet.

Right now, our own Wellesley Municipal Light Plant is pushing to be exempted from state clean energy standards that are under development by the MA Department of Environmental Protection. We need to send a clear message: The Wellesley MLP should reflect our community’s aspirations for a clean energy future.

  1. Click here to sign our petition request to the Wellesley Board of Selectmen and Board of the Municipal Light Plant.

2. Then, join us next Thursday, June 15, 7:00 pm, for a public discussion with the Board of Selectmen and the Board of the Municipal Light Plant in the meeting room at the Wellesley Municipal Light Plant (1 Municipal Way).