Supporting a Clean Energy Future
The Senate is voting today on important legislation for our renewable energy and climate future. Please call your Senator today and ask them to support this bill and the following amendments. Here is a short summary of MassSolar’s recommendations.
Thank you for your commitment to renewable energy and our environment. I would ask you to support passage of S.2545, An Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future to protect our environment and climate. I am contacting you today to urge you to fight for a renewable energy future for the Commonwealth and for equity and justice in our environmental policies.
In addition to voting for S. 2545, I would ask you to support the following amendments:
Amendments 5, 6, and 60 would ask utilities to account for lost and unaccounted gas, require that alternatives to natural gas be considered before constructing new pipelines, and prohibit imposing a pipeline tax on ratepayers to fund new pipelines.
Amendment 10 would reduce peak demand and electricity costs by requiring utilities to offer optional time of use rates to all electricity customers.
Amendment 16 would provide net metering credits for residential community solar projects.
Amendments 41, 42 and 43 would ensure all communities have fair and equitable access to solar energy.
Amendment 44 would require the Commonwealth to develop plans by 2023 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with specific targets for 2030, 2040 and 2050.
Amendments 4 and 45 would promote the adoption of energy storage.
Unfortunately, there are a number of proposed amendments that would slow the Commonwealth’s transition to a renewable energy future.
Please oppose amendments 12, 13, 18, 23, 26, 32, 36, 37, 39, 40, 52, 57, 61, 64, and 66.
After calling your Senator, please consider calling these climate and renewable energy leaders in the Senate to let them know you have contacted your Senator and asked them to support S.2545 and the Senator’s amendments. Please thank them for their leadership and ask them to also support the amendments mentioned above.
Senator Pacheco 617-722-1551 Filed Amendments 2, 4, 44 and 45
Senator Eldridge 617-722-1120 Filed Amendments 41, 42, 47, 54, and 62
Senator Spilke 617-722-1640 Drafted S.2545
Senator Creem 617-722-1639 Filed Amendment 10
Senator Barrett 617-722-1572 Filed Amendments 15 and16