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Hydro-Québec’s greenwashing game

Hydro-Québec’s greenwashing game

“IN A RECENT COMMENTARY PIECE, “Sierra Club fires back on Québec hydro,” the Sierra Club explained why electricity imported from Québec is not clean. The focus was on the adverse environmental impacts directly related to flooding large areas of land for hydroelectricity. But that’s only part of the story. As a result of Hydro-Québec’s ability to arbitrage between markets and greenwash its electrons, Massachusetts ratepayers could be signing up to pay a sizable “clean energy” premium in exchange for no net environmental benefit. . . .

. . . Energy sales, under the current version of the Massachusetts contracts with Hydro-Québec, would be a wealth transfer from the Commonwealth’s electricity ratepayers to the government of Québec for little, and possibly even adverse, environmental impact. ”

Read the full article here in Commonwealth Magazine.

Legislative Actions

Time critical actions:

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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