The challenges, solutions, and opportunity exist for Boston to pivot now from its fossil-fueled past and lead the transition to clean energy; this means moving our building designs into the 21st century through a relentless focus on efficiency and cost-effective switches from gas and other fossil fuels to clean, electricity-based heating/cooling. The Boston Clean Energy Coalition (BCEC) brings together member organizations and allies in the shared commitment to accelerate this shift away from natural-gas–driven energy in Boston’s buildings and toward construction fueled by renewables. Meeting this goal requires collaboration among all of Boston’s sectors: developers, elected officials, labor, investors, utilities, neighborhoods, faith-based groups, academia, environmentalists, and others. By providing an organizing space that fosters this process and promotes this collaboration, BCEC looks to spur innovative and transformational public policy that unwaveringly focuses on a green and clean future.
The City Council will hold a hearing at 2 pm on Monday, Dec. 11, to consider the benefits of developing net-zero-carbon requirements and incentives for future construction in Boston. Representatives from the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA); Environment, Energy, and Open Space Department (EEOS); Boston Clean Energy Coalition (BCEC); and net zero experts and advocates from wide-ranging sectors will be invited to testify on panels at the hearing.
BNN’s Chris Lovett interviews Jom Michel, co-founder of BCEC, about the coalition’s opposition to building new fossil-fuel infrastructure in Boston if we are going to meet the City’s stated carbon-neutral goals. Watch the video here.
As reported by MIT News: “What are the best ways for U.S. cities to combat climate change? A new study co-authored by an MIT professor indicates it will be easier for cities to reduce emissions coming from residential energy use rather than from local transportation—and this reduction will happen mostly thanks to better building practices, not greater housing density.”
The Boston City Council on Oct. 18 unanimously passed a resolution calling for a community process before PIC effects any binding decision about the proposed Back Bay/South End pipeline; the next day, PIC postponed their vote on permitting for two weeks.
On Oct. 3, 2017, the City Council held a public hearing attended by more than 200 people to consider authorizing the adoption of Community Choice Energy (CCE) in Boston. On Oct. 4, the Council voted unanimously to do so, and Oct. 10, Mayor Walsh signed the authorization. BCEC has fully and vigorously supported Community Choice Energy for Boston.
Moderated by Matt O’Malley, Chair of the City Council Environment & Sustainability Committee. Expert panelists: Henrietta Davis, former Mayor of Cambridge; Stephanie Horowitz, ZeroEnergy Design; John Cleveland, Boston Green Ribbon Commission; Cammy Peterson, Metropolitan Area Planning Council.