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Suddenly, Solar Energy plus Storage is Giving Conventional Fuels a Run for their Money

Suddenly, Solar Energy plus Storage is Giving Conventional Fuels a Run for their Money

Wind energy is free, once you build the collectors and the same with solar. The traditional problem with solar and wind energy is what to do when the sun goes down and the wind stops blowing, and the answer is storage! Battery storage has been relatively expensive in the past but the price has been dropping quickly. Now solar/wind with storage is competitive with solar/wind without storage, and catching up with and may soon beat fossil fuel generation cost for new facilities. Why again does our gov. Charlie Baker want to build more imported gas infrastructure and powerlines to import dirty electricity from Canada when we could make our own clean energy right here in Massachusetts, like they are doing in progressive states like Colorado? Only 9% of our electricity in MA is from renewable sources, including hydropower. The national average is 14.9%. We need to do better.

The energy dynamic around renewables is changing so quickly in Colorado that Zach Pierce, a senior campaign representative for the Sierra Club, can hardly keep up with it. “I feel like we’re having to rewrite the talking points on the drawing board every month in Colorado,” he says. … According to a new report from Greentech Media, solar and storage together are expected to compete directly with natural gas peakers — plants built to meet peak electricity demand — by 2022.

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Municipal Sustainability Checklist

We have created a municipal “sustainability checklist” that can help towns compare what they are doing with other towns, as well as get ideas and encourage collaboration. For residents, the checklist helps understand what towns are doing and not doing, as well as set priorities for local advocacy. For organizers, the checklist is an excellent tool to organize local groups around, and to build networks of people who care about sustainability.

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