Federal and State Incentives for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy available now: http://www.dsireusa.org/
Co-op Power looks to the following organizations for analysis and leadership on how we can use our democratic power as citizens to create policies and programs that create a more just and sustainable future. For more background information about how to influence legislation, click here.
Mass Power Forward - Coalition of environmental leaders, community development organizations, clean energy businesses, faith groups, neighborhood health and safety advocates and Massachusetts families who believe our state and region can power forward with clean, affordable, reliable energy and a thriving economy.
Principles of Clean Energy Legislation
Massachusetts Clean Water Action - Clean Water Action is a one million member organization of diverse people and groups joined together to protect our environment, health, economic well-being and community quality of life. Our goals include clean, safe and affordable water; prevention of health threatening pollution; creation of environmentally safe jobs and businesses; and empowerment of people to make democracy work. Clean Water Action organizes strong grassroots groups and coalitions and campaigns to elect environmental candidates and solve environmental and community problems.
Fight for the Sun and Governor Charlie Baker: Lead on Clean Energy and Economic Redevelopment
Mass Interfaith Climate Action - Churches, temples, mosques, and other religious organizations join together to take action. Climate change is the defining moral issue of our time, challenging our relationship to the earth, to each other, and to next generations. People of faith in Massachusetts have a proud history of leadership on issues that reflect shared core values. Now it is our turn. Let’s join together to restore balance between our values and our care for our common home.
Priorities for Legislative Action
Acadia Center - A non-profit that works across key sectors of the economy, in state, local, regional and national jurisdictions to promote effective solutions to tackle the problem of climate change.
Solar Bills Heat Up at the Massachusetts Legislature
Vote Solar - A non-profit grassroots organization working to fight climate change and foster economic opportunity by bringing solar energy into the mainstream. Since 2002, Vote Solar has engaged in state, local and federal advocacy campaigns to remove regulatory barriers and implement key policies needed to bring solar to scale. America’s energy problems — from reliability issues to global climate change — will only be solved by a national transition to renewables. Clean, homegrown, reliable solar energy is ready to play a large part of the solution. It is the fastest growing energy source in the world, but we have still just scratched the surface of solar’s vast energy potential.
Policy Guides on Key Solar Policies
Here are five legislative priorities for Massachusetts:
from Mass Interfaith Climate Action
1. Lift the caps on solar energy and expand community solar: We support lifting current MA limits on the amount of credit solar power producers can receive for the solar power they generate. We also need to make sure that the solar revolution reaches everyone in MA, with energy policies that strengthen incentives for development and accessibility of community and low-income projects that can benefit low-income homeowners, renters, and residents of higher-density housing. We support S1770 (Sen. Eldridge) and H2852 (Reps. Calter and Mark).
2. Invest in robust off-shore wind development: We support development of clean, local, renewable off-shore wind, particularly in communities that have suffered from the siting and closing of coal-fired power plants. We support the policies that invest in robust off-shore wind development in H2881 (Rep. Haddad) and H2851 (Rep. Cabral).
3. Ensure that energy efficiency programs are serving all communities in MA: Incentives and subsidies for making homes and buildings more energy efficient must be accessible to low- and moderate-income communities, renters, and non-English speakers. We support an energy policy that requires utility companies to provide data on the reach of their current programs to ensure maximum impact and accessibility for all our communities. We support H2912 (Rep. Smizik) and strengthening related provisions in the Green Communities Act.
4. Fix existing natural gas leaks: There are about 20,000 potentially dangerous natural gas leaks in MA—many located in densely populated neighborhoods. Consumers pay millions for this wasted gas; the most affected communities suffer health and safety consequences; and massive amounts of methane are is sent into our atmosphere, contributing to global warming. In 2014, legislators enacted an important public safety bill related to gas leaks but it didn’t go far enough. We support H2870 (Rep. Ehrlich), which will protect consumers from paying for lost gas and encourage timely repairs and H2871 (Rep. Ehrlich), which requires utilities to coordinate with municipalities and fix leaks when roads are being repaired.
5. Reject rate-payer funding for new natural gas pipelines: Consumers should have to pay for new pipelines when energy efficiency measures, renewables, and fixing existing leaks would allow us to meet our state’s energy needs, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and grow our local economies. We oppose a recent decision by the MA Dept. of Public Utilities which sanctions a tariff to pay for new gas pipeline and support H2494 (Rep. Ehrlich) which would prohibit a tariff, tax or fee to fund natural gas pipeline that connects with a liquefied natural gas storage terminal.
Renewable Energy Vermont - Renewable Energy Vermont is the only organization dedicated solely to working toward increased, affordable, and comprehensive renewable energy use in Vermont. We are increasingly finding partners across the political and environmental spectrum that share our mission and want to join us at the Statehouse and in regulatory forums to fight for sustainable energy legislation. One part of our work is to ensure that Vermont enacts policies and legislation that promote renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE). Getting to 90 Percent Renewable by 2050.
Vermont Natural Resources Council - Vermont’s leader in protecting and restoring our natural resources and communities. By building coalitions, working together, and offering common sense solutions, VNRC has set the standard for an approach to environmental protection that endures. VNRC believes that everyone can make a difference in combating global climate change by diminishing our dependence upon fossil fuels. In our homes and businesses, Vermonters can tackle the challenge of becoming more energy efficient. On the state level, VNRC continues to advocate for policies that promote energy conservation and efficiency as well as the use of renewable energy sources, a goal that not only increases our energy independence, but supports the growing number of small businesses in the renewable energy industry.
Bernie's Energy Policy - Bernie Sanders has done quite a bit to support legislation that really works for people.