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Eversource's solar disinformation campaign

November 15, 2015

The utilities will say anything to get their way on net metering caps and solar.  Facts, it seems, are largely irrelevant. MassSolar has gotten hold of a PPT presentation Eversource has been shopping around at the State House to convince legislators to keep net metering caps in place.  The presentation is filled with inaccurate claims, half-truths and false information.  

50 cents for cleaner air and a lower electricity bill

November 10, 2015

Would you pay 50 cents a month to breathe cleaner air, drink cleaner water, and ensure a more livable climate? 

What if everyone who agreed to pay 50 cents a month for cleaner air, cleaner water and a more livable climate, also had their electricity bill lowered 70 cents a month? 

That is essentially what the Net Meter Task Force report says will happen if we embrace solar power in Massachusetts. 

To State Lawmakers: Raise the Cap and Prioritize Interconnection

November 10, 2015

Solar advocates in Massachusetts are urging state lawmakers to raise the net metering cap before the upcoming Thanksgiving recess.

Net metering is a program that compensates solar users for the excess clean energy they produce.

Part 2: Taking aim at AIM's claims

November 10, 2015

AIM recently claimed that Massachusetts SREC prices are "out of line" when compared to the market price for SRECs in other geographies. 

That claim seemed "out of line" with reality, so we did a little research on SRECtrade's excellent website to find out the truth. It appears AIM was quoting prices from the SREC I program which has been closed for over a year. Those rates are not available to new solar projects. 

Part 1: What AIM and the Utilities Aren’t Telling You About Solar

November 9, 2015

The utility companies and the Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) are claiming that solar power incentives will “siphon” huge amounts of money from ratepayers over the next ten years.

What are they not telling you?

Community Leaders want More Solar, Sign Letter Asking for Support.

November 3, 2015

Spokespeople from low-income and faith communities have signed an October 28th letter urging state officials to support the rapid growth of solar and to ensure that solar benefits become available to everyone in the Commonwealth. 

More than 90 community leaders, faith and religious leaders, community development organizations and academics have signed onto the letter, asking lawmakers to reject Governor Baker’s proposal to slash compensation for solar energy.

Solar Benefits all Ratepayers: What some Business Execs are Getting Wrong

October 29, 2015

Executives from six Massachusetts groups that claim to represent the economic interests of Bay State businesses signed onto an October 19th letter asking state lawmakers to limit solar programs by keeping net metering caps in place and cutting compensation and incentive payments in the name of reducing energy costs in Massachusetts. The letter makes a number of false assertions and unsubstantiated cost claims about solar to make their case.

Read their letter HERE.   

House could move on net metering caps soon

October 26, 2015

Encouraging news on net metering caps (see below)!  It looks like House action on the matter could be imminent. Thanks to everyone who has called or e-mailed their legislators in recent weeks.  Your efforts are making a difference!

New York regulators suspend net metering caps

October 22, 2015

Regulators in New York have suspended net metering caps for rooftop solar projects as it completes its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) process.  According to Utility Dive

The Principles of Grid Neutrality

October 9, 2015

Just as net neutrality seeks to maintain a fair and open internet, the concept of grid neutrality emphasizes a fair and open electricity network. Like the internet, the modern electricity grid is the backbone upon which a generation of technologies, services and economies will be built. In order to catalyze this transition and foster innovation, it is paramount that we as a nation provide for, as well as safeguard, the grid’s neutrality.

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