Just Raise the CAP July 21, 2014
Thank you all for making calls and sending out emails! We are making progress!
There is still more work to do. H.4185 is still in House Ways and Means. It could still get voted out. And the other side is gunning up with big hitters. We are going need more voices from everyone.
We know that it feels like the message has changed but in truth the message is still the same. Amend H.4185 to take out everything that is wrong with it, or Just Raise the CAP! (A amendment to raise the cap can be added to any other bill that will pass in the statehouse.)
It has come to our attention that H.4185 includes “model legislative policies” from ALEC. (American Legislative Exchange Council funded by the Koch brothers) The utilities’ proposals to diminish the value of solar net metering are lifted directly from the ALEC play book on Net Metering. The Chair of the ALEC Committee on Energy, Environment and Agriculture is also the Director of Public Policy at American Electric Power (one of the largest utilities in the USA) that owns one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the USA (located in Ohio) that sends pollution and acid rain our way. In Ohio, the utilities, with ALEC guidance, pushed back green energy so hard they persuaded the state legislature to suspend Ohio’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).
In Massachusetts, ALEC’s initial target is solar net metering. What’s next? Eliminating the RPS? Repealing the Global Warming Solutions Act? Arguing no compensation for environmental and social benefits for renewable energy at all? These are the ALEC tenets regarding renewable energy.
We must make the legislators aware of the actions by ALEC behind the scenes to put a stop to solar PV and renewable energy in the Commonwealth. We will not tolerate these shenanigans to keep coal, oil and nuclear power viable. Just Raise the Cap!
Click here for a model letter you can send to your legislator and any of the members of the House Ways and Means Committee.
House Ways and Means committee members https://malegislature.gov/Committees/House/H34
House Representatives https://malegislature.gov/People/House
Revealed: ALEC’s 2014 Attacks on the Environment
Thank you for your calls and emails.
Claire Chang and John Ward
Solar Store of Greenfield
2 Fiske Ave
Greenfield, MA 01301