Phyllis Theermann

The Wellesley Municipal Light Plant and the Wellesley Sustainable Energy Committee have launched a new program for electric vehicle (EV) drivers called Bring Your Own Charger® (BYOC). BYOC encourages drivers to charge their vehicles overnight in exchange for an $8.00 credit on their electric bill each month—the equivalent of  3,000 miles of free driving per year!

Wellesley is one of the top cities in the state for EV adoption. Driving electric helps keep our air clean and lowers carbon emissions, a town-wide goal. This program takes that one step further, encouraging owners to shift to overnight hour charging (10pm to 12pm Monday – Friday and anytime on the weekends). Doing so will:

  • Help keep town-wide electric rates low

  • Offer EV owners $8 monthly credit = 3,000 miles of free driving a year
  • Pull from the cleanest, lowest emitting non peak hour energy
  • Indirectly minimize carbon pollution
  • Extend EV battery life

To join now, visit https://www.bringyourowncharger.com/wellesley
Then simply  program your vehicle to charge between the hours of 10pm and noon Monday to Friday or anytime on the weekend, and upload a photo of the schedule.

To learn more about this program visit www.wellesleyma.gov/byoc or contact the Town’s partner, Sagewell at 781-303-4994 or ev@sagewell.com with any questions.

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As the plans get closer to completion, it is important for the community to show its support for the Net Zero Energy and no gas hook up designs that have been created for the future Hunnewell School building.

Learn more and show your support at the 3rd Hunnewell School Feasibility Study Public Forum this Thursday, May 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Wellesley Middle School Auditorium.

The forum is intended to give residents an update and an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on the:

  • Feasibility study schedule and process

  • Building design and parking options

  • Sustainability approach

  • Swing space options

Additional information about the Hunnewell Feasibility Study is available on the School Building Committee (SBC) webpages on the Town of Wellesley website.

SBC meetings can be viewed on demand on the Wellesley Media Government channel.

Can’t make it or have questions or comments? Please Email the SBC here.

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photo credit: Bob Ackley, Gas Safety Inc

Last week’s tragic gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley have many people wondering about the future of gas in Massachusetts and whether the dangers outweigh the risks. The fact is, this tragedy could have happened in any community with gas, no matter what gas company was involved. Gas is a highly volatile substance and human error is always a possibility. Since 1987, there have been more than 3,200 gas accidents in the US that were deemed serious or significant by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (part of the US Department of Transportation).

There are safer choices. We don’t have to rely on gas to power our homes and businesses. The Mass Clean Energy Center has great resources on alternatives so you can start making the switch to clean, safe heating and cooling — and start saving money.

As we face this crisis together, let’s not repeat last century’s mistake and simply rebuild out-moded — and dangerous — gas pipelines. Even before the horrific accident in the Merrimack Valley, the state had projected a cost of $9 billion for the necessary replacement of all the failing gas pipe in Massachusetts. Let’s choose a faster, cheaper, safer way forward! We need to rethink our fuel source and how the state regulates and oversees our utilities.

Meanwhile, let’s do everything we can to help our neighbors in the Merrimack Valley. Sustainable Wellesley is active with the Gas Leaks Allies who have started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to buy electric induction cooktops for folks who have electricity but no way to cook or heat water. We are helping with the volunteer effort to deliver the cooktops to those in urgent need — let us know if you can help!

Here is a link with more ideas on how you can help.