Please attend this Council hearing on Community Choice Energy (CCE) to remind the administration that Boston residents want this program implemented now. The Department of the Environment has announced it will not proceed with implementing CCE. Instead, they are folding it into the Carbon Free Boston program, which won’t finish its planning report until October 2018, a full year after the City Council unanimously passed the authorization for CCE. CCE has been proven to be the single most effective way for municipalities to aggregate their electricity buying to stabilize rates and increase access to renewable energy for residents of all incomes. Boston can’t wait; it is time for Boston residents the have the same benefits as all the other towns in Massachusetts that already have CCE: competitive rates, protection from the winter price spikes we are subject to, and affordable clean energy for all. Group members of BCEC have been very active in the effort to bring CCE to Boston, and we hope many BCEC members will come to the hearing and demand that the Department of the Environment do its job, now. Plan to give public testimony if you can; speak up. The City Council needs our support to get this done.
Co-hosted by numerous Boston environmental groups, including BCEC, this rally will call on Mayor Walsh and all the mayors gathered from around the country for the US Mayors Conference to stop talking and start acting. The mayors will be in Boston to discuss the future of cities and the well-being of people living in them; last year, these same mayors passed a resolution supporting a just transition to 100% renewable energy for their communities by 2035. Join the rally Friday morning, June 8, to call on Mayor Walsh and all US mayors to turn their climate promises into climate action. For more details go to the Facebook “Walk the Talk on Climate” event page or the Eventbrite page.
Our vigils continue . . . Join us again this Wednesday and every Wednesday
The City of Boston has allowed National Grid to begin construction of its Back Bay Billionaires’ Pipeline, ignoring the usual winter moratorium on construction, ignoring the unanimous City Council resolution that no decision be made without a robust public conversation, and in spite of the fact that the Attorney General has recommended that the DPU reject the sweetheart financing arrangement. We will bear witness and make known our opposition to this terrible project that will poison our city and our planet. Fracked gas is not a “bridge” fuel. We call on our Mayor and elected officials to initiate a moratorium on all fossil-fuel expansion. Join us for our standouts. Bring signs; make your voice heard.
Join this event hosting community leaders from the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania, at the other end of the fracked-gas pipelines that connect to Massachusetts. Families, landowners, and whole communities there have been deeply impacted by the intensive development of fracking wells and facilities, and their struggle connects directly with our use of fossil fuels in the Northeast. Pennsylvania activists who will share their powerful stories include Lois Bjornson, Craig Leland Stevens, Brian Latkanich, and Jane Worthington.
The event location is wheelchair accessible, free, and open to the public.
Event co-sponsors: Clean Water Action, Mothers Out Front, Mass Power Forward, Resist the Pipeline, Boston Clean Energy Coalition, Jamaica Plain Forum
Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir will help us communicate to National Grid, Mayor Marty Walsh, and other elected officials why business as usual/expanding fracked gas infrastructure is NOT the way we need to go. We want to accelerate the transition to a clean, green, renewable energy system. We want to construct 21st century buildings that meet passive house/state-of-the-art standards. We need to build a more equitable society, not one that primarily serves the billionaire class. Join us!
Presented by the Sierra Club MA and co-sponsored by BCEC
Joel Wool of Clean Water Action will bring you up to speed on key energy bills under consideration at the State House. Emily Norton, Sierra Club MA Chapter Director, will give you the tools you need to effectively advocate to your elected officials. There will also be a short presentation from Andy Bean of Boston Climate Action Network on what is already being done to engage locally on energy and climate issues in Boston. Free and open to the public.
WHEN: Saturday, February 17 at 2pm
WHERE: NEW LOCATION: First Church in JP, 6 Eliot Street
The City of Boston has allowed National Grid to begin construction of its Back Bay Billionaires’ Pipeline, ignoring the usual winter moratorium on construction, ignoring the unanimous City Council resolution that no decision be made without a robust public conversation, and in spite of the fact that the Attorney General has recommended that the DPU reject the sweetheart financing arrangement. We will bear witness and make known our opposition to this terrible project that will poison our city and our planet. Fracked gas is not a “bridge” fuel. We call on our Mayor and elected officials to initiate a moratorium on all fossil-fuel expansion. Join us for this first standout; bring signs, make your voice heard.
The Attorney General’s office recommended last week that the state Department of Public Utilities (DPU) not support the secret contract between National Grid and the developers of One Dalton. This is a sweetheart financing deal that would have benefited a wealthy group of developers, leaving the general ratepayers on the hook for the pipeline being installed.
To protest the deal between Grid and the developer, BCEC will be rallying outside of the DPU offices at South Station this Friday, noon to 1 pm. Please join us if you can for a vigil of protest. Let us know you are coming by emailing BCEC@BostonCleanEnergyCoalition.org or by signing up via our Facebook page.
National Grid plans to build a one-mile intermediate-pressure pipeline in the Back Bay/South End to provide gas to new buildings that are currently under construction. The pipeline will start at Berkeley Street in the South End and end on Belvidere Street in the Back Bay.
To date there has been limited public input regarding this pipeline, in spite of multiple requests by BCEC for a more robust public process before the City approved this new fossil-fuel infrastructure.
In response to growing opposition to this pipeline, this public meeting is being held by the City of Boston’s Office of Neighborhood Services and is co-sponsored by the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay (NABB) in order to have National Grid answer questions from NABB, BCEC, and interested residents. Sought are further details about the project, facts about the pipeline’s necessity and worthiness, and information as to how the City reconciles the effect more gas infrastructure will have on climate change and our carbon footprint with the City’s efforts to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.
Here are the questions submitted to National Grid in anticipation of the public meeting:
Come support the testimony of BCEC and NABB before the Department of Public Utilities. National Grid is looking to lock in luxury high-rise developers to pay for their fracked-gas pipeline expansion project in the Back Bay and South End, and they want to keep the details a secret. Fortunately Attorney General Healey is looking into this arrangement. We would like to show the DPU there is opposition; your presence will help. For more details, go to: http://22.214.171.124/DPU/
What: City Council Hearing on Net-Zero-Carbon Buildings in Boston
When: Monday, December 11, at 2 pm
Where: City Hall, City Council Chambers, Fifth Floor
For most cities, including Boston, buildings are the largest cause of carbon emissions. Please attend this important hearing in support of testimony from building/development/academic experts on net zero, advocates for a carbon-free Boston, and members of the administration about why we must address how we plan to fuel the 70 million square feet of new development planned for the city. If we just move forward with the natural gas as currently slated, we will destroy any hope we have of meeting the Mayor’s stated goal of being carbon neutral by 2050. Use of fossil fuels needs to be curtailed, and our buildings must instead focus on employing renewable energy. Please consider stating why you support this effort to move to NZ carbon during the public testimony portion of the hearing; everyone is welcome to speak for two minutes; sign up when you arrive at the hearing.
Bob Biggio, VP, Facilities, Boston Medical Center
Joan Fitzgerald, Prof., Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern
Christopher Schaffner, The Green Engineer
Jana Silsby, Perkins and Eastman
Mayoral Panel (Invited)
Austin Blackmon, Chief of Environment, Energy & Open Space
John Cleveland, Green Ribbon Commission
John Dalzell, BPDA
Lourdes Lopez, Renew Boston
Andee Krasner, Mothers Out Front
Brita Lundberg, MD, environmental-health specialist
Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, minister for ecological justice
Carol Oldham, Boston Clean Energy Coalition
Background: During the Boston City Council meeting on August 2, Councilor Matt O’Malley, Chair of the Council’s Environment and Sustainability Committee, introduced an order calling for a hearing to consider the benefits of developing net-zero-carbon requirements and incentives for future construction in Boston. All 12 of his fellow City Councilors spoke up in support by co-sponsoring the order. BCEC worked with Councilor O’Malley’s office to propose this effort and will partner with him and the City Council to bring this strategic plan to fruition.
One proposed route for the new pipeline snaking into downtown.
National Grid has proposed to construct a mile-long fracked gas pipeline though the Back Bay and South End to service new buildings. Join us in opposing the pipeline by attending the next public hearing being held by the City of Boston’s Public Improvement Commission (PIC) on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 10 am in Room 801 of City Hall. The PIC will discuss granting approval for construction of the pipeline. We need to pack the room, so spread the word!