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One key coalition is working towards sustainable electricity generation reduction of demand through carbon pricing and other means.

With, we work on regulations, state wide to reduce the toxins in our environment. Our current state targets: BPA, formaldehyde in furniture. Federally we urge an updating of the Toxic Substance Control Act which has not been updated since its inception and yet 80,000 new and untested chemicals have entered our lives! 

Wind Turbine on Lynnway

Owned by the Lynn Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, the wind turbine has been online since January 15, 2014. It powers about 1/6th of the plant's energy requirements.
The wastewater treatment plant services Lynn, Swampscott, Saugus and Nahant and presently averages the treatment of about 22 million gallons a day. The Lynn plant sends highly treated effluent out into the ocean through a 3 mile pipe. 
Built in India, the turbine is a 600 kilowatt turbine and stands 545 ft. to the tip of the blade. Each one of the blades is 75 ft long. The turbine needs wind of about 9mph to generate electrical power.


From the Union of Concerned Scientists:

"Gas Ceiling: Assessing the Climate Risks of an Overreliance on Natural Gas for Electricity"
Note: MA is already 67% natural gas. Read the report

Is there a gas pipeline being routed nearby? Check out the maps to see where the about to be overbuilt gaslines are to be placed ....

Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network 

Pipeline FAQ


HEALTHLINK supports a law imposing a fee on carbon. Learn more about it:   BusinessLeadersForClimateAction. We are at a tipping point and you can affect the balance

We support carbon pricing for a number of strategic reasons:

1. British Columbian Success Story; their carbon pricing policy caused 16% fuel use reductions and 50% growth in the clean tech/clean energy sector.

2. Policy Specifics Can Address Equity Goals Economic modeling conducted here as part of the carbon pricing analysis commissioned by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) found that on average, low-and-moderate income households would have a net gain or come out even in the fee and rebate approach analyzed.

3. Progress Needed in Reducing Emissions from Transportation and Building Heat Sectors:  While we have made real progress in reducing the carbon pollution footprint of the electric sector in Massachusetts, we have been far less successful in the transportation and heating sectors.  Energy efficiency and conservation tools need to be prioritized in ways that drive additional reductions.

4 .Economic Experts Endorse Carbon Pricing as Cost-effective:

5. The Business Community has shown good support for carbon pricing.
6.Many States are Considering Carbon Pricing Policies: 

Massachusetts could lead the way with a policy framework for others to follow.


New Gas Plant in Salem - Gas is NOT a bridge fuel!

Why HealthLink opposes adding new fossil fuels:
  • Not needed
  • Delays growth of renewable energy
  • Endangers our health
  • Commits us to 35 more years of fossil fuel 
  • Increases fracking and more gas pipeline construction

Massachusetts AG energy study: New gas pipeline not needed to meet New England's peak winter electricity demand

Attorney General Maura Healey released a study looking at power system reliability in New England during an era of growing dependence on natural gas. (ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE)
Mary Serreze | Special to The RepublicanBy Mary Serreze | Special to The Republican 
on November 18, 2015 at 1:37 PM

An energy study released today by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey concludes that New England does not need additional natural gas pipeline infrastructure to meet peak winter energy demand and that energy efficiency and "demand response" would be the best solution over the next 15 years for both consumers and the environment.

The long-anticipated study concludes that New England's power system is not facing an imminent reliability threat through 2030. Healey, who acts as utility ratepayer advocate in Massachusetts, commisioned the study in July.

"As we make long-term decisions about our energy future, it's imperative we have the facts," Healey said in a press statement. "This study demonstrates that we do not need increased gas capacity to meet electric reliability needs, and that electric ratepayers shouldn't foot the bill for additional pipelines."

The study, titled "Power System Reliability in New England: Meeting Electric Resource Needs in and Era of Growing Dependence on Natural Gas," was conducted by the Analysis Group a Boston-based economic and financial consulting firm, with the support of the Barr Foundation..

The study used "extremely conservative assumptions," said Healey, applying bitterly cold winter conditions and modeling a "worst case scenario" where a future New England, overly reliant on natural gas, experiences short-term disruption in other fuels.

The study found that under such a scenario, the region could need 2,400 megawatts for several hours across nine very cold days by 2030, the equivalent of an additional 0.42 billion cubic feet per day of new gas capacity.

Out of six modeled options, the study found that investment in energy efficiency and demand response would result in the greatest customer savings while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Healey said.

Demand response is a program that would allow consumers to save money by shifting their energy usage to non-peak times. Such programs can lower the cost of electricity in wholesale markets, leading to lower retail rates, according to the Department of Energy.

Healey's study looked at two infrastructure scenarios — one for a large pipeline that would bring consumer savings but "significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions," and a second involving "low-carbon imports" over new and existing transmission lines combined with imports of liquefied natural gas.

"This study demonstrates that we do not need increased gas capacity to meet electric reliability needs."

That scenario would reduce emissions, but the costs of building transmission infrastructure would exceed any ratepayer benefit, Healey's study states.

The study accounted for recent news that Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant is scheduled to shut down by June 2019, resulting in the loss of 680 megawatts of power, said Healey.

Healey said she has provided a copy of the study to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which is set to begin its formal review of the Kinder Morgan Northeast Direct pipeline, which would cross parts of Massachusetts transporting natural gas from Pennsylvania. Kinder Morgan has said it will submit its application to FERC for the interstate pipeline proposal on Friday.

The stated purpose of Healey's study was to determine whether the region is facing electric reliability challenges through 2030, and identify the most cost-effective and clean solutions for addressing any challenges.

Healey in June  urged caution in building new natural gas pipelines, saying she does not believe they are the best way to rein in spiking costs.

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