ACTION: Time Sensitive: Net Metering

POSTED June 11, 2012Time Sensitive:

ONLY 6 3 WEEKS LEFT IN SESSION: 

CALL/EMAIL YOUR STATE REP NOW

THE MESSAGE 

  • Tell your Rep. that to avoid a dramatic decrease in renewable energy installations we MUST expand the net metering program
  • Ask your Rep. to support the language passed by the Senate in S.2214 (An Act Relative to Competitively Priced Electricity in the Commonwealth), which expands the program
  • Ask how your Rep. is planning to vote
  • Urge your Rep. to speak to Speaker DeLeo about ensuring net-metering expansion is included in the House energy bill

Sample Email to use as template for Net Metering:

I am writing to urge you to advocate for a cleaner Massachusetts, by expanding the successful “net metering” program. Clean energy is a major concern in MYTOWN, and with the expansion of net metering, we can move forward in the long term goal of getting off dangerous and dirty energy sources.
The Senate passed S.2214, An Act Relative to Competitively Priced Electricity in the Commonwealth, and I urge you to support the language that’s in that bill, too.
Please be a leader on this issue, and ask the Speaker to make sure “net metering expansion” appears in the House Energy Bill.
As always, I am eager to hear your thoughts on this issue, including how you plan to vote.
Thank you.

BACKGROUND

For a longer explanation of the bill, see our write-up of S2214 in the MA Legislation guide. Net metering allows customers of an electric company like NStar to generate their own renewable electricity (solar, wind) and sell back any unused power for use by the rest of the community (“rollover minutes for solar”).  This short explainer video from Vote Solar nicely explains what net metering is:

Net metering makes sense:

  • It lowers energy costs.
  • It encourages the increased use of renewables – in Massachusetts we still get over 90% of our electricity from dirty and dangerous sources of power like coal and nuclear.
  • It creates jobs in a vital new industry – solar, wind – without risking taxpayer money

This legislation would increase the Massachusetts net-metering program from it’s current level (1% for private 2% for public) to 3%. Raising the cap on net metering is the most progressive environment and energy policy currently in play in the Massachusetts legislature. Let’s make sure it passes.

Call or email your State Representative today. Then help us improve our advocacy–record your action, below. (Don’t know who your State Rep is? Find out here: http://www.malegislature.gov/People/Search)

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