Today, Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) released a new report on municipal utilities and their energy mixes. Wellesley was the “most improved” of the Municipal Light Plants (MLP), and it has already exceeded the MLP clean energy standards set for 2030. We are #3 overall in terms of non-emitting energy, behind Belmont and Concord. Thank you to our MLP and its Board.
Municipal utilities play a critical role in the State’s clean energy transition, making up 14% of the Commonwealth’s total electricity sector. Despite this, they are frequently exempt from clean energy regulations. The new report reinforces the fact that a comprehensive climate plan for the Commonwealth must include the 40 municipal utilities. If municipal utilities like ours are left out, we will fail to meet our clean energy goals.
The Boston Globe covered it today on the front page.
What can you do?
Contact your preferred gubernatorial candidate and request that they include municipal utilities in any proposals to address climate change.
Wellesley has a Municipal Light Plant Board that is run by elected Board members who decide on the source of your electricity. Electing climate champions to MLP boards can lead to significant changes in a community’s clean energy plans, emission reduction and even job creation. Your elected MLP members can decide where and how you get electricity.
If you, or folks you know are interested in learning more about Municipal Light Plants or Boards, please attend a webinar on Tuesday, Feb 22nd from 5:30-6:30pm.
Can't make the webinar? Reach out to Carolyn Liu : email@example.com or Maliha Khan: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to understand how municipal utilities are different from investor-owned utilities?
Then check out Massachusetts Climate Action Network’s new podcasts discussing MCAN's 2021 Municipal Light Plant (MLP) Scorecard! Highlights include: What’s the Score: MCAN’s New Report and What Your MLP Can Do to Go Green?