MASSACHUSETTS ENVIRONMENTAL ENERGY ALLIANCE ENVIRONMENTCOMESFIRST
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PROMOTING ENERGY CONSERVATIONAND EFFICIENCY
Back in 2007, Governor Patrick promised that every effort would be made to avoid
building new power plants through the use of energy conservation and efficiency.
Yet Western Massachusetts now faces proposals for 815 MW of new generation, 135 MW
from the three biomass plants currently in the permitting process (more are proposed).
MEEA asks, what has happened to the governor’s commitment? We still believe that
energy efficiency and conservation represent the best new “sources” of energy that
will bridge to development of truly renewable energy sources. Recent data from ISO
New England, the organization charged with assessing energy needs across the region,
indicates that growth in demand has slowed to the point where not as much new generation
needs to be built. Energy conservation and efficiency are the best new “sources”
of power, leaving ecosystems intact to provide habitat, ecosystem services, and carbon
Western Massachusetts does not need the amount of generation capacity currently being
built. Just as the western part of the state said no to diversion of Connecticut
River water into Quabbin in the 1980’s to meet the ever-growing need for water in
the eastern part of the state, we now say no to the exploitation of our forests for
energy. Western Massachusetts is not the state’s energy colony. Water conservation
decreased Boston’s demand by 30%; energy conservation can eliminate the need for
new plants to be built.
As Massachusetts state policy increasingly promotes alternative energy, many decisions
are being made quickly about what technologies to allow and promote. MEEA advocates
that the decision-making process be transparent and open, and that Massachusetts
and Federal alternative energy policy be science-based. Click below to see what issues
MEEA and our allies are working on.