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Extremely hot days (and extremely cold days) put a strain on the energy grid, causing utility companies to turn to dirty fossil fuels, like coal and oil, to meet this “peak demand.” And, in order to be reliable, utilities must build enough infrastructure to meet this peak, even if peak demand is not reached most days. All this means higher rates for you (up to 10 times higher on peak days!) and more carbon pollution for the planet.

With just a simple text or email alert, Shave the Peak empowers residential electricity consumers to unite for affordable electricity and a low-carbon future. Each member of this growing community is committed to reducing electricity usage at home on days when skyrocketing overall demand is met by the dirtiest and most expensive fossil fuels, or “peak days.” These actions advocate forward-thinking policies that can transform our electric grid.

To sign up for these peak demand “alerts” simply go to massenergy.org and sign up. It will take less than a minute to do your part. Or learn more at a free webinar on August 7, at either 1:00 or 7:00 pm, sponsored by the non-profit Mass. Energy Consumers Alliance.

Phyllis Theermann
Image courtesy of Mothers Out Front

Image courtesy of Mothers Out Front

Gas Leaks Forum: Tuesday, May 17th at 7pm at the Cary Memorial Building in Lexington

There are more than 20,000 gas leaks in Massachusetts (121 in Gas Leaks Wellesley) creating a safety, health, and environmental hazard that affects our communities and our climate. Methane is an even more potent greenhouse gas than carbon. What needs to be done to address these dangerous and expensive methane leaks? Discussion will include Professor Nathan Phillips (Boston University), Joe Newman (Director of Governmental Affairs, National Grid), Ed Woll (Sierra Club of MA). Sponsored by Lexington Board of Selectmen, Sen. Mike Barrett, Sen. Ken Donnelly, Rep. Jay Kaufman, and Mothers Out Front.

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