Quincy CAN

Quincy Climate Action Network promotes energy conservation and efficiency, and the use of renewable energy by Quincy government, businesses, and residents.

QCAN came together in early 2012 in response to the city’s abandonment of plans for a 1.5 megawatt wind turbine on Moon Island. Since our founding we have made our views known in the media and in numerous meetings with city officials. Many QCAN members serve on the mayor’s Climate Change Committee, finding ways to reduce fossil fuel usage and increase the production of clean renewable energy in our city.

In just a few years we’ve done all this and more:

  • Successfully lobbied the city of Quincy to hire a qualified energy manager, resulting in substantial reductions of energy use by city government.
  • Successfully lobbied the city of Quincy to install a total of 2 megawatts of solar panels on the rooftops of fourteen city-owned buildings.
  • Helped the city apply (three times) for a grant under the Solarize Mass program, and provided 90%+ of the volunteer energy once we won the grant; results: more than 600 kilowatts of solar under contract for rooftops of city houses and commercial buildings.
  • Sent a delegation, and the QCAN banner, to the 2014 People’s Climate March in New York City.
  • Cosponsored the Kill-a-Watt program, which has put this home energy-use assessment tool in the hands of many dozens of Quincy library patrons.
  • Cosponsored the well-attended showing of the film Chasing Ice at the Thomas Crane Public Library.
  • Cosponsored the well-attended showing of a film on Rhode Island’s Deepwater wind turbine project, also at the library.
  • Cosponsored, with the library, a well-attended lecture on climate change by Stephen Young, a Salem State University geographer.
  • Organized a forum for candidates seeking city office.
  • Signed 100 Quincy residents up for home energy assessments.
  • Cosponsored, with the library, a lecture on renewable energy technologies by the Harvard physicist Mara Prentiss.
  • Cosponsored, with the library and Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station, an SRO lecture by Curtis Nordgaard, M.D., on the likely health effects of the proposed Fore River compressor station.
  • Cosponsored, with FRRACS and the library, another SRO lecture, on clean alternatives to natural gas infrastructure by Boston University researcher Prof. Nathan Phillips and the Acadia Center’s Tyler Soleau.
  • Cosponsored, with FRRACS, the library, and Massachusetts Climate Action Network, a well-attended screening of the award-winning film Merchants of Doubt, about the fossil fuel industry’s richly funded climate change denial campaign.

We welcome Quincy residents and others to our monthly meetings. We’re always eager for new members, and we welcome guests, so come and bring your energy and ideas! For more information or to join, contact info@QuincyCAN.org.

Offshore Wind Prospects To Be Laid Out at Nov. 15 Lecture

Nov. 15, 2016

The Commonwealth’s omnibus energy law, enacted last summer, will likely pave the way for three big offshore wind projects that promise to supply a total of 1,600 megawatts of electricity, or about 15 percent of the total Massachusetts load, according to Amber Hewett, regional campaign coordinator for the National Wildlife Fund, who will lecture on the topic at the Thomas Crane Public Library, 40 Washington Street, Quincy at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15.  Quincy Climate Action Network is cosponsoring the lecture with the library. Continue reading

Award-Winning Film “Merchants of Doubt” to Screen at Library

October 18, 2016

“U.S. Concern about Global Warming at Eight-Year High,” blared a March 16 headline on the Gallup polling organization’s website. With the biblical scale of rainstorms, droughts, wildfires, and hurricanes in recent years, the headline doesn’t come as a huge surprise. What’s more surprising is that more than one-third of Americans still worry “only a little or not at all” about man-made climate change. According to a recent documentary film, much of the credit, or blame, for such complacency goes to a richly funded campaign by lobbyists, public relations people, talk show hosts, fake experts, and public officeholders to shed doubt on the existence of climate change or—a fallback position—admit the climate is changing but deny that human activities have anything to do with it. The 2014 film, “Merchants of Doubt,” will screen on October 18 at 7 p.m. at the main branch of the Thomas Crane Public Library, 40 Washington Street, Quincy. Admission is free. Continue reading

BU Prof and Environmental Lawyer to Lecture on Gas Pipelines and Alternatives

June 20, 2016

Does Massachusetts need more natural gas capacity, including controversial projects like the Access Northeast Pipeline and the Fore River compressor station? Or are there safer, cleaner ways to fill our energy needs? At 7 pm on Monday June 20, Nathan Phillips, a Boston University environmental scientist, and Tyler Soleau, energy and climate outreach director of the Acadia Center, which does energy research and advocacy, will tackle these questions in a lecture at the main branch of the Thomas Crane Public Library, 40 Washington Street in Quincy Center. Continue reading

Lecture by Physician to Forecast Health Effects of Compressor Station

January 15, 2016

[Links to videos of the lecture: Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3]

Opposition by residents and officeholders to the proposed Fore River compressor station stems largely from the idea that emissions from the facility would harm the health of Quincy and Weymouth residents. In a lecture to be held at 7 p.m. at the Thomas Crane Public Library, Quincy Center, on Tuesday January 26, Curtis Nordgaard, M.D., a pediatrician who practices in Dorchester, will back up that idea with some hard numbers.

Spectra Energy, the company proposing the compressor station, has downplayed any health effects that the facility might cause. “Spectra claims that pollution from the compressor station will be insignificant,” said Susan Harden, a board member of Fore River Residents Against Compressor Station, a cosponsor of the lecture. “The lecture will give people a chance to hear that claim debunked by an unbiased researcher with great credentials.” Continue reading

Harvard Physicist to Give Talk on the Transition to Renewable Energy

November 3, 2015

Using technologies like solar panels, wind turbines, and electric cars, the world can get all its energy from renewable sources–not at some point in the future but today. So says Mara Prentiss, a Harvard physics professor who will be speaking on the topic at the Thomas Crane Public Library, 40 Washington Street, at 7:00 p.m. on November 18.

In her talk, cosponsored by the library and Quincy Climate Action Network, Prentiss, the author of the new book Energy Revolution, will argue that the transition to renewables is not only technically feasible but also economically advantageous. For example, she says, “the price of solar panels has dropped enormously.… Bloomberg has reported that in 36 states it will be cheaper next year to produce your own solar electricity than get your power from the grid.” Meanwhile, she says, midwestern US states are already using wind turbines to supply a big chunk of their electric power, with Iowa getting more than 40% of their power from wind in peak months. Continue reading