From Mass Power Forward:

Last Thursday, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed the most ambitious and far-reaching piece of clean energy legislation (S2545) in the country. It includes key Mass Power Forward priorities: solar equity, the Renewable Portfolio Standard, a dedicated plan to act on climate change and reforms to push back on pipeline expansion.

Click here to easily thank your Senator for supporting this historic bill, and urge your State Representative to take action.

This victory shows the enormous public pressure to combat climate change––pressure YOU helped generate. But now we need the House to act.

Please tell Your State Representative: Pass A Bold Clean Energy Bill Before July 31!

Click here to thank your State Senator today and urge your Representative to take up the bill!

Phyllis Theermann

lobby day jan 2017

Last Wednesday, members of Sustainable Wellesley joined more than 200 climate activists from around the state for the Mass Power Forward “Clean Energy for All” Lobby Day.

We discussed our priorities for the 2017-2018 legislative session in meetings with aides to Wellesley legislators Senator Cynthia Creem, Senator Richard Ross, and Representative Alice Peisch. We urged them to co-sponsor specific bills to accelerate the transition to clean, renewable energy.

Now it’s your turn! The deadline for legislators to co-sponsor bills is this Friday, February 3Make your voice heard by calling Senator Creem, Senator Ross, and Representative Peisch. Here is a summary of our goals:

– Accelerate the transition to clean energy by increasing the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) by 3% per year instead of the current 1%, and by requiring municipal light plants to comply with the RPS. Click here for fact sheet.

– Establish a statewide solar target of 25% solar by 2030, eliminate limits on solar net-metering, and ensure low-income solar and community-shared solar projects receive fair compensation. Click here for fact sheet.

– Give local municipalities and community members a voice when pipeline decisions are being made by the Department of Public Utilities. Click here for fact sheet.

– Incorporate the principle of environmental justice into provisions of the MA Environmental Policy Act. (Environmental justice is the right to be protected from environmental pollution and to live in and enjoy a clean and healthful environment regardless of race, income, national origin, or English language proficiency.) Click here for fact sheet.

– Support public safety through the decommissioning of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant, with increased funding from the owner/operator and by enlarging the Emergency Planning Zone to a 50-mile radius around the plant. Click here for fact sheet.

Click here for more details and specific bill numbers.

Call before Friday, February 3, to ask our Wellesley legislators to support these goals!

Senator Creem (for Wellesley precincts A, C, D, E, H): 617-722-1639

Senator Ross (for Wellesley precincts B, F, G): 617-722-1555

Representative Peisch (all Wellesley): 617-722-2070

Phyllis Theermann

Millions of people took to the streets this weekend in a passionate response to the Presidential inauguration and backward thinking of the new administration. Many of you were out there too — and so were we! Sustainable Wellesley folks marched in Boston and Washington DC to express outrage at the climate denial that is tawomens march bostonking hold of the federal government. Here’s what we heard at the rallies: It is up to US to take action.

This Wednesday, January 25, you can take action — join us on Beacon Hill at the Mass Power Forward Lobby Day! Sustainaprotect our planet signble Wellesley is participating in a day of clean energy advocacy with the statewide Mass Power Forward coalition. Join scheduled meetings with Wellesley legislators State Representative Alice Peisch, State Senator Cynthia Creem, and State Senator Richard Ross.

Environmental issues will slide to the bottom of the agenda in the new legislative session unless our elected officials hear from us.

Click HERE for a summary of the Mass Power Forward priorities for the 2017-2018 legislative session.
Click HERE to sign up for January 25, and to receive specifics on the schedule, logistics, and fact sheets.

DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, January 25, 9:45 am to 3 pm
LOCATION: Meet at the Appalachian Mountain Club, 5 Joy Street, Boston (near the State House)