If you’re a Massachusetts resident, your monthly utility bills include charges that fund energy efficiency work in your community. This summer and fall, the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC), established by the passage of the Green Communities Act last year, has been tasked with approving these utility-administered energy efficiency programs covering the next three years. And since you’re paying into the fund, wouldn’t you like a voice in how the money’s being spent?
At the EEAC planning meeting on July 14th, BostonCAN combined forces with other members of the Green Justice Coalition, including labor, social justice, and environmental organizations, to fight for equitable use of these energy efficiency funds. The funds will total more than $200,000 dollars of ratepayer money this year and grow substantially in the future.
As the state pushes utilities to triple their energy efficiency gains, and to spend money on conservation projects before building any new power generation capacity, the Green Justice Coalition is organizing member groups to turn out at EEAC hearings and other events to advocate for energy efficiency programs that will benefit all Massachusetts residents, including low-income communities and communities of color.
The EEAC is ruling July 28th on the next phase of the utility companies’ plans for spending your money on energy conservation. Here’s how you can get involved: