The Department of Public Utilities will hold a public hearing on Quincy’s aggregation plan (docket # 21-05) on Thursday, July 22 at 7pm on Zoom.
This plan would automatically raise the percentage of renewables in Quincy consumers’ electricity mix unless they opt out – and will be likely around the same price (or even cheaper) since it’s bought in bulk. QCAN encourages the DPU to move quickly to approve this plan. If DPU approves it within the next couple of months, the city’s consultant would put the electricity supply out to bid for a program start this winter, which is usually the best time to start a program due to seasonal market fluctuations.
You can attend the Zoom hearing on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 7 PM via Zoom Meeting ID# 997 0553 2043. If you want to comment during the public hearing, please send an email by pm on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email address, and mailing address.
All written comments or other documents should be submitted to the Department in PDF format by e-mail attachment to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, all written comments should be emailed to counsel for the City’s agent, Scott Mueller, Esq., at email@example.com. The text of the e-mail must specify: (1) the docket number of the proceeding (D.P.U. 21-05); (2) the name of the person or company submitting the filing; and (3) a brief descriptive title of the document. The e-mail must also include the name, title, and telephone number of a person to contact in the event of questions about the filing.
Green electricity aggregation is one of the most important things we can do as a city to reduce our carbon impact. Once it’s approved, QCAN will put in full effort, in collaboration with the city’s consultant Good Energy, to get our fellow residents to “opt up” to 100% renewables in their mix. It’s an issue we’ve been involved with since 2018.
QCAN members enjoyed the chance to gather together in person at in two local cleanups this month. We joined Quincy Tree Alliance members to gather litter along Fenno Street and neighboring marshes as part of Greener, Cleaner Quincy on May 1. Members of QYouth Climate Movement (our youth chapter) joined Quincy High School’s Green Team and Science National Honors Society to clean up Nickerson Beach in Squantum on May 15.
Thanks to heartbreaking images of seals caught in abandoned fishing nets, turtles with straws stuck in their noses, and seabirds with bellies full of litter, most of us are aware of the effects of discarded plastic on animal life. But not everyone realizes how much plastic contributes to climate change throughout its life cycle, from the extraction and transportation of the fossil fuels used to create it to the management of plastic waste and its ongoing impact as it degrades. The World Economic Forum estimates that 4-8% of annual global oil consumption is related to plastics, and if current trends continue this could rise to 20% of oil consumption by 2050.
QCAN member Jon Gorey shared this post from his House & Hammer blog to give us some ideas how to reduce our plastic use at home:
Please join the Quincy Climate Action Network on Wednesday, May 19, 7–8pm, for an online discussion with Ian Coghill and Grace Li of Conservation Law Foundation about Sprague Energy’s apparent violations of its environmental permit at its terminal at 740 Washington Street, Quincy.
Sprague Energy is required to use good engineering practices to assess risks from climate change and to pro-actively prepare for extreme weather events, which as we know are becoming ever more frequent. Conservation Law Foundation has found that the earthen berms around Sprague’s terminal – which were designed to contain an oil spill caused by a leak or storm event – appear to be improperly maintained and are eroding away into the Town River. CLF and QCAN would like to inform local residents who might be affected by an oil spill to see if we might work together to pressure Sprague to address the situation.
On December 7, the Quincy City Council unanimously approved a plan that will increase the proportion of our electricity that comes from renewable sources. The plan, called Quincy Community Electricity (QCE), enables the city to engage a new default supplier of electricity for residents and small businesses, using our pooled buying power to secure bulk pricing that will be more stable, and possibly lower, than current rates. While Massachusetts currently requires 16% of electricity to come from renewable sources such as hydropower, wind, or solar, Quincy will seek a supplier that generates a higher proportion from renewables. The default offering will be 10% additional renewably sourced electricity; residents will also be able to opt up to 50 or 100%, or opt down to the state-mandated amount.
Several QCAN members met with Massachusetts Senator John Keenan (Norfolk and Plymouth District) during his office hours on December 7 to discuss some of our organization’s priorities and learn about how we might help him advance climate-friendly legislation.
Board member Joe Murphy described our work to convince the Quincy City Council to transition away from single-use plastic bags; to raise public awareness about climate change through co-hosting an environmental fair, lectures, and film nights at the library; to present on climate change to every sixth-grade classroom in Quincy public schools; and to work with Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station to fight the construction of the fracked-gas compressor station in North Weymouth.