The Boston Globe released an editorial on Community Choice Energy in its October 8th print edition.
There are lots of reasons for Boston to lead the way with this sort of program. One, of course, is that the city sits on the water and is sure to feel the effects of climate change for years to come. But that’s not all.
Boston is an important city. It’s the largest in New England. It’s filled with top-notch scientists and big thinkers, and its citizens increasingly feel like citizens of the world. Boston needs to do something. This is something. Let’s do it.
Read the whole editorial here.
It’s powerful to see the momentum building on this campaign as group after group comes out in support of CCE. Now is the time to keep the pressure on! Call Boston 311 to tell the Mayor’s office that you support CCE and want it to be a priority.
Boston City Council voted unanimously today to authorize Marty Walsh to implement Community Choice Energy. This is a huge step forward toward our goal of having a citywide green electricity purchasing program!
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Boston City Council hearing this afternoon. We packed the hall, filling every seat, lining up against the back wall, with people standing outside the door. Together, we made our voice heard — our city councilors heard that Bostonians want green energy, and that we want them to vote yes on Community Choice Energy. The councilors present reacted positively and there was a good vibe going in the room.
The next step is getting Mayor Walsh to agree.
You can help right now by calling Mayor Walsh at 311. Tell his staff members that you want him to implement CCE. To verify that you’re a resident, be sure to give your name and address.
It’s that simple, and that important.
Low- and moderate-income people make up 40 percent of the country’s population, but account for less than 5 percent of all solar customers. And “An equitable and complete transition to renewable energy cannot occur without the full participation of low- and moderate-income households,” says Dr. Martha Nathan of Climate Action Now.
Community Choice Energy would make renewable energy available to all Boston households, including low- and moderate-income residents who rent (67% of the city), lack the credit to put solar panels on their roofs, or can’t use tax credits to recover part of that cost. That’s why we want Community Choice Energy now. And that’s why we support a solar access bill that the state legislature is supporting. Click here for an article about that bill.
Come out to show you want the Boston City Council to pass Community Choice Energy and get more renewable energy into the mix for Boston residents and businesses.
The nearest MBTA station is Government Center on the Green Line and Blue Line. Look for the people in yellow shirts (and by attending, you can get a yellow Community Choice Energy t-shirt for yourself.)
This Tuesday, BCAN and our allies will argue before Boston’s City Council that the city government must take a crucial step to speed up its actions to fight climate change: implement Community Choice Energy. Be there: anytime from 1:30 till 5pm, in the City Council’s temporary meeting room at 26 Court Street, one block up hill from State Street Station.
Boston’s leaders know that addressing climate change with a range of tactics is essential, but hardly any attention has been focused on switching our energy dollars from fossil fuels to clean, safe and renewable energy. Community Choice Energy is a tactic that numerous other cities and towns in eastern Mass. have already embraced. It’s time for Boston to take this step too.
This can’t wait for another plan to be created. Climate change is already affecting Boston residents with heat waves and stronger storms. Just this past Saturday a torrential downpour produced severe flooding in East Boston and other North Shore communities. Here’s a report compiled by The Harborkeepers:
“Yesterday was another warning sign of the increasing impacts of the changing climate and the increase of more frequent and intense storm events and precipitation. East Boston received 4.54 inches of rain within a matter of hours. Other North Shore towns like Winthrop and Lynn underwent a worse fate, in some ways. I took some notes and did a recap.
- East Boston received 4.54 inches, most of it in a matter of hours
- Homes in East Boston which typically don’t get basement flooding got their basements flooded
- The stormwater drainage system & sewers could not handle the amount of rain hence they overflowed
- Route 1A in East Boston both South and North by the Chelsea Street bridge and right next to the oil terminal got flooded causing an accident, at least 1 car stuck and backups on the highway
- 2 neighborhoods in particular in Lynn and Winthrop (Michael’s Mall & Ingleside Park) were flooded with more than three feet of water causing cars to get stuck and forcing evacuations of homes and rescues
- Power outages were reported in Winthrop, East Boston and Lynn
- Unprecedented amounts of rain gushed down the hills of Orient Heights causing a mudslide from Gladstone to Leyden streets which broke a retaining wall and pushed mud and silt down city streets and sewers
- Some roads and streets were flooded to the point of being impassable including in Winthrop, Lynn, Chelsea, Revere and East Boston
- A house fire was reported at around 3am in the area where there was flooding in Winthrop
- Downed distribution poles also were reported.”
Community choice energy would significantly speed up our transition to renewable power. Come out on Tuesday and let the City Council and the Mayor know it’s time to step it up on reducing Boston’s use of fossil fuels.
It’s not too late to prevent climate change from getting worse. If we stop burning fossil fuels, we’ll lower our carbon footprint, and the climate will eventually get back to normal.
Community Choice Energy (CCE) is a good way of reducing our carbon footprint here in Boston. It would authorize the City to negotiate an increase in renewable power of about 5% for Boston residents and businesses.
For most Bostonians, installing solar panels is simply too expensive. CCE would give everyone the chance to fight climate change directly. It would also guarantee fair pricing, as well as protect people from scams.
On Tuesday, October 3rd, the Boston City Council will hold a hearing on Community Choice Energy. Come and tell our city councilors that you support CCE. Let’s show them that Bostonians want to fight climate change!