What's Happening, What's Next

On Tuesday March 21st, local business owners and concerned residents unveiled a list of hundreds of local businesses endorsing the Stop the Pipeline campaign from across the state. The effort was spear-headed by a state-wide coalition Mass Power Forward with press conferences in Seekonk, Canton and Dalton.

A recent report by Synapse Energy economics questions the need for the Access Northeast project. You can read more on Synapse's blog, but here's a few snippets:

Is gas demand going up?

First, with or without a new pipeline, existing laws and regulations will cumulatively require New England’s use of natural gas for electric generation to decrease by 27 percent by 2023, relative to 2015 levels.

The Mass Power Forward coalition is pleased to announce our 2018 legislative priorities

Our progress to date should be celebrated, but it’s clear that we cannot rest on our laurels. In 2017, Massachusetts needs to be bolder than ever on climate and energy policy. We are still falling behind states like NY and CA that have committed to at least 50% clean energy by 2030 and taken steps toward 100% renewable power. At the national level, we’re facing an unprecedented attack on critical laws that protect our climate and environment, making leadership at the state level more vital than ever.

As a coalition, we are calling for bold and historic commitments to clean energy over the coming legislative session. At the same time, we need to make sure that we continue to reduce  our use of fossil fuels and support communities in the transition from dirty energy and towards clean power.

Members of the Mass Power Forward coalition are descending on Beacon Hill to demand that our legislators do everything they can to promote a clean energy future! The stakes have never been higher. With climate deniers running the show in Washington, DC, we NEED Massachusetts to step up and lead. 

By Cathy Kristofferson and Emily Kirkland

Over the last year, the Massachusetts climate movement has made tremendous progress in stopping new fossil fuel infrastructure all over the state. With so much happening all the time -- announcements, press conferences, court decisions -- it can be difficult to keep track of what’s going on! That’s why we’ve put together this guide to the current status of each pipeline project.

Earlier today, the Supreme Judicial Court struck down the so-called “pipeline tax” (ENGIE Gas & LNG LLC v. Department of Public Utilities -- SJC 12051), which would have forced electric ratepayers to subsidize new gas pipelines.

Mass Power Forward Applauds State Commitment to Renewable Energy
Calls on Governor to Stop the Pipeline Tax

“This energy legislation represents vital progress on offshore wind, gas leaks, and other key issues. It requires utilities to obtain 1600 MW of electricity from offshore wind --  the largest commitment to offshore wind in the nation. The bill also requires utilities to repair environmentally damaging gas leaks, creates a panel to guide the decommissioning of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant, and moves the state forward on energy efficiency and energy storage.

We are so close to something truly historic. Email and Call your legislators to ensure we pass a strong final bill! 

The Massachusetts Senate has released its comprehensive energy legislation, which will be debated next Thursday, 6/30. It includes two of Mass Power Forward's priorities, commitments for 2000 megawatts of offshore wind and doubling the rate of increase of the Renewable Portfolio Standard. The Senate legislation is a strong bill and members of the public can view the bill, S2372, at the link or in the summary here.

On June 8, the House of Representatives debated and voted on a long-awaited energy bill focusing on offshore wind and hydropower.

Mass Power Forward, a statewide coalition of more than 150 environmental, social justice and community groups, businesses, and faith organizations responded by calling on lawmakers to take bolder steps to encourage wind and solar, and stop the construction of new gas pipelines.