Environmental League of Massachusetts: Senate Offers Bold Energy Bill to Meet Energy and Climate Challenges
The Environmental League of Massachusetts released the following statement from President George Bachrach in response to today’s action on the Senate omnibus energy bill:
Zoning Reform Passes the Senate!
Last Thursday, the Senate took a historic vote to modernize housing and land use laws in Massachusetts for the first time in over 40 years. S. 2311, "An Act to Promote Housing and Sustainable Development in the Commonwealth," will provide cities and towns with new tools for planning, zoning and permitting.
Environmental League of Massachusetts: Bolder Action Needed on House Energy Bill & US-China Climate Summit
The Environmental League of Massachusetts released the following statement from ELM President George Bachrach in response to today’s action on the House energy procurement bill, H. 4377.
DEP Commissioner Pledges New Regulations to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
At a legislative hearing earlier this week, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Martin Suuberg pledged that the Baker Administration would draft regulations to ensure Massachusetts complies with the requirements of the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA).
Small Wins for the Environment in Senate Budget
This week as the Massachusetts Senate considered hundreds of budget amendments, ELM and members of the Green Budget Coalition kept up our advocacy, working to get hundreds of thousands of dollars restored to environmental agencies.
House Energy Bill Doesn't Go Far Enough. ELM Urges Legislature to Increase Role for Clean Energy
Yesterday, the Joint Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy (TUE) Committee released its version of the House energy bill, H. 2881. Read more for the statement ELM provided to legislators on the bill on May 23.
ELM Advocates to Senate for Environmental Funding
We urge the Massachusetts Senate to use the budget to restore funds to environmental programs.
House Energy Bill Misses Mark
The House has dipped it’s toe in the water in terms of our energy future, instead of marching into the 21st century. This is no time to be timid.
Supreme Judicial Court Rules the Global Warming Solutions Act Requires Regulatory Limits on Carbon
The Global Warming Solutions Project, scored a big win in the fight against climate change this week when the Supreme Judicial Court ruled the Global Warming Solutions Act requires the state to set specific annual limits on greenhouse gas emissions.
ELM Opposes Transfer From Federal to State Control of Clean Water Act Program
On Tuesday, ELM VP for Policy Nancy Goodman testified before the Environment Committee on an important issue related to water quality.
Green Budget Coalition Urges Environmental Funding in Senate Budget
This week on behalf of the Green Budget Coalition ELM sent a letter to members of the State Senate encouraging them to support Green Budget amendments. Now it's your turn! TAKE ACTION NOW!
Senate Hearing Highlights Risks of Gas Pipelines
A major hearing on Tuesday highlighted that building large new gas pipelines is not in Massachusetts' economic and environmental interest.
President George Bachrach Calls for Offshore Wind Power in Appearance on Greater Boston
ELM President George Bachrach reiterated that spending billions of dollars of ratepayer money on gas pipelines is not the energy solution our Commonwealth needs in his appearance on "Greater Boston" with Jim Braude.
Baker Administration Move Weakens Water Quality
Last Friday, the Baker administration filed legislation (H. 4254) which would transfer permitting authority from EPA to MassDEP under the Clean Water Act.
Intern This Summer With ELM!
This spring and summer, the Environmental League of Massachusetts is working with our partner the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) on a campaign to promote offshore wind power.
Media Covers Report on Baker's Environmental Performance
The Report on the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the first year of the Baker administration, released last week by ELM and five other leading environmental groups, was widely covered by the media.
House Budget Means 5% Cut to Environmental Program Funding (4/27/16)
This week the Massachusetts House added millions of dollars to the House Ways & Means budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017. The House budget fails to make meaningful investments in environmental programs – programs that have been severely cut in recent years.
Baker Administration Gets
ELM along with five other leading statewide environmental organizations released an assessment of the first year of the Baker administration's Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
Kinder Morgan Was a Trojan Horse: Eversource and National Grid Keep Pushing Big Gas Pipelines
The suspension of the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct (NED) gas pipeline is important for the Commonwealth's energy future, but does not end the debate about gas pipeline expansion in the Commonwealth.
Over Half of MA House Co-Sponsors Key Environmental Funding
Last week, on behalf of the Green Budget Coalition, the Environmental League wrote to the Massachusetts House of Representatives to ask for support of amendments that would increase environmental agency funding in the Fiscal Year 2017 state operating budget.
House Ways & Means Budget Proposes Cut to Environmental Agencies 4/13/16
Today the House Committee on Ways & Means released its budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017.
Thank You to the 97 Representatives Who Signed that Anti-Pipeline Subsidy Letter!
ELM would like to thank the 97 representatives that signed a bipartisan letter authored by Rep. Stephen Kulik (D-Worthington) and Minority Leader Rep. Brad Jones (R-North Reading)
30 Students From Around the State Join ELM For A Day of Advocacy Training
On Saturday, April 2, 30 students from more than 10 colleges and universities around the state joined ELM in Worcester for a day-long advocacy training session.
House and Senate Conference Committee Report Out Solar Net Metering Legislation
The House and Senate conference committee on solar net metering reported out the legislation to the House and Senate.Net metering compensates customers for the solar energy they add to our electricity grid.
Protecting State Land against Pipeline Companies
ELM is strongly opposed to gas pipeline expansion, like Kinder Morgan's proposal which aims to gain access to lands protected by Article 97 of our state constitution.
NWF: Offshore Wind Costs Drop
National Wildlife Federation (NWF) CEO Collin O'Mara penned a powerful essay supporting offshore wind power in the online version of last Friday's Commonwealth Magazine.
100 State Representatives and 33 Mayors and City Officials Standing Up for Solar!
Thank you to 100 members of the Massachusetts House and 33 mayors and city officials who expressed their strong support for future solar development in Massachusetts.
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Legislators Hold Environment Budget Hearing
As part of the budget process, this week the Joint Committee on Ways & Means hosted a hearing at the State House to explore funding for the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA).
ELM and Global Warming Solutions Project (GWSP) Partners Host Gas Pipeline Briefing
Following the release of the second annual Clean Energy and Climate Scorecard, ELM and our GWSP partners presented their perspective on proposed gas pipeline expansions at a legislative briefing hosted by Representative Lori Ehrlich.
Legislative Leaders Offer Support for Offshore Wind Power in Comprehensive Energy Legislation
On Monday a panel of six influential state legislators spoke with enthusiasm about the potential for carbon-free wind power off the coast of Massachusetts.
ELM and GWSP Partners Release Second Clean Energy and Climate Scorecard
ELM and our partners through the Global Warming Solutions Project (GWSP) released our second annual Clean Energy & Climate Scorecard.
We Oppose House Bill 646
Although it may sound good, House Bill 646 “An Act improving recycling in the Commonwealth,” would actually be a major setback for recycling practices in Massachusetts. Don’t be fooled by its name. In fact, this legislation would do three things, all of which we oppose.
Recognizing Leading Republican Legislators
On February 2, ELM and the ELM Action Fund hosted a reception to recognize six Republican state lawmakers who have "strongly supported environmental protection."
Will Your State Representative Support the Green Budget?
Right now your State Representative is waiting to hear whether funding for environmental programs is important to you.
Baker Budget Proposes Further Environmental Cuts
This week Governor Baker released his $39.6 billion budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017. Unfortunately, this budget would mean a $16 million cut for environmental agencies
T4MA and ELM Push for Climate-Friendly, Affordable Transportation
ELM is a member of Transportation for MA (T4MA), a diverse coalition of more than 50 organizations working together to create safe, convenient, climate-friendly and affordable transportation for everyone. We cannot address the climate challenge unless we support a transportation system that includes robust support for transit, walking and biking -- and considers greenhouse gas emissions when we commit tax dollars to specific projects.
Governor Baker's State of the Commonwealth: Glass Half Full on Renewable Energy, Climate Change
Renewable energy and climate change were a major theme in Governor Charlie Baker's State of the Commonwealth speech, as he highlighted his support for "ambitious goals" to reduce our state's carbon pollution through a "diversified, sustainable, and affordable approach."
Mass. Budget Fails Environment: 75 Organizations Endorse
The Environmental League of Mass. (ELM), joined by business leaders and 75 nonprofit organizations across the Commonwealth, release their annual “Green Budget” for FY ’17
ELM President George Bachrach issued the following statement following Massachusetts Governor Baker's State of the Commonwealth address:
“We support Gov. Baker’s interest in expanding renewable energy in the Commonwealth, but he cannot do so and flood the market with more natural gas..."
ELM and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) are working together to promote offshore wind power for Massachusetts. Offshore wind power is a solution that matches the scale of the Commonwealth’s growing energy challenges. Now is the moment to embrace the many benefits it can deliver to our environment, communities, and economy.
ELM Publishes FY15 Annual Report
Today ELM publishes it first stand-alone Annual Report in many years. Read the full report to learn about our achievements, our generous supporters, and where we are headed!
ELM Board Members on NECN-TV's
ELM Board members Anne Kelly of Ceres and Gwen Ruta of the Environmental Defense Fund, just back from Paris, gave compelling interviews on NECN's Broadside describing the Paris climate negotiations. Check out the great interview!
Executive Order 562 Update: ELM Urges Administration to Maintain Important Regulations
ELM submitted comments to the Baker administration regarding the regulatory review required by Governor Baker's Executive Order 562.
Green Budget Update
As part of ELM's leadership ensuring Massachusetts environmental protection programs are adequately funded, this week Legislative Director Erica Mattison met with Baker administration staff who are in the midst of crafting the Governor's Fiscal Year 2017 budget.
ELM and Global Warming Solutions Project Call for Clean Energy, Not Gas Pipeline, at Senate Climate Change Committee Hearing
ELM and partners from the Global Warming Solutions Project (GWSP) testified at last Tuesday’s Senate Global Warming and Climate Change Committee oversight hearing.
COP 21: Climate Talks in PARIS and at Home
World leaders are gathered in Paris in hopes of creating a global agreement to address the threat of climate change.
ELM's Fall Reception: A Huge Success
We are happy to announce that this year's Fall Reception was the most successful fall event we have had in years!
Massachusetts Receives $63.7 Million for Water Infrastructure Projects
The U.S. EPA has awarded the Commonwealth more than $63 million for our Clean Water State Revolving Fund ($47.4 million) and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund ($16.3 million).
Time Runs Out on Solar Net Metering Legislation
After much tussling before the end of the fall legislative session, the House and Senate did not come to an agreement on solar reform legislation to lift the net metering cap and preserve reasonable and fair compensation for solar generators.
Senator Pacheco, Sarapas, and Podgurski Honored at This Year's Fall Reception
On Tuesday evening, over 140 friends and supporters gathered in the Seaport District for a Fall Reception benefiting ELM.
Attorney General's Electric Reliability Study Shows No Need for New Gas Pipeline
On Wednesday, Attorney General Maura Healey and the Analysis Group released its report on regional energy needs The AG is charged with being the state's advocate for ratepayers.
ELM's Josh Craft in Commonwealth Magazine
This week an article written by our very own Program Director Josh Craft was featured in Commonwealth Magazine. In the piece Josh offers insight into the legislature's delayed action on solar net metering and the industry crisis that may result.
Hearing November 10, 2015: Bill would Allow Gas Pipeline to be Built on Protected Public Land
On November 10, 2015 the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight heard the first of several bills related to gas pipeline expansion on protected lands.
ELM Testifies on Carbon Pricing, Bottle Bill
ELM's VP for Policy Nancy Goodman testified before the Joint Energy Committee on legislation that would put a price on carbon. ELM's Executive Director Ken Pruitt testified in support of two bills that would conditionally expand the beverage container deposit law (the Bottle Bill), and against two bills that would repeal it.
DOE Chief of Staff Knobloch Visits ELM
Kevin Knobloch, chief of staff to U.S. Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz, visited ELM this week. Knobloch is the former president of the Union of Concerned Scientists and a former ELM board member.
AG Healey Urges Thorough Review of Gas Pipeline
Attorney General Maura Healey continues working to ensure that ratepayers and the environment are considered as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) considers approval of the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline that would cross Massachusetts and parts of New Hampshire.
Pilgrim Power Plant Closure
This week it was announced that Pilgrim's nuclear power plant will close by June 2019. As this major source of power is taken offline it is clear we need to find new sources of zero emissions energy to meet our mandatory greenhouse gas reduction targets under the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) of 25 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050.
ELM's Ken Pruitt Speaks at Energy and Environment Forum: Joins EEOA Sec. Beaton, Sen. Lewis, & Rep. Day
On October 8, ELM Executive Director Ken Pruitt spoke at an energy and environment forum in Winchester organized by State Sen. Jason Lewis. The event was part of Sen. Lewis's ongoing "Community Conversations" series, being held throughout the Fifth Middlesex district he represents.
MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack briefs ELM Corporate Council
ELM Corporate Council members met for breakfast with Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack last Thursday, October 1st. During the meeting, Pollack talked about reform as an integral part of restructuring the MBTA.
Will You be Paying for New Pipelines?
ELM is concerned a recent action by the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) may delay the shift to a clean energy future. The Department issued an order (15-37) that would allow our electric utilities to purchase new gas pipeline capacity with electric ratepayer money.
Bachrach addresses AFL-CIO Convention on Reg. Reform
ELM has been building new alliances with business and labor. Most recently, ELM President George Bachrach was invited to address the AFL-CIO's annual state convention on Cape Cod last week.
ELM and Papal Encyclical on Climate
In the aftermath of Pope Frances Encyclical on climate and inspiring visit to the US, last week, Boston College hosted a conference on the Encyclical entitled "Our Common Home".
ELM Calls for Comprehensive Clean Energy Policy
This past Tuesday, ELM and members of the Global Warming Solutions Project testified before the Legislature's Telecommunications, Utilities & Energy Committee in favor of a comprehensive clean energy policy.
Prospects Good for Reforms to Curb Sprawl
Last week, Nancy Goodman, ELM's Vice President for Policy, testified before the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business in support of legislation for planning and zoning reform.
Pope Francis on Climate
Pope Francis's visit to the United States this week is a momentous event drawing attention to the need for decisive action to combat climate change. In a speech at the White House earlier this week, the Pope stated that "climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation."
Attorney General Maura Healey Challenges Approval of Gas Pipeline
Attorney General Maura Healey continues to show leadership in ensuring that Massachusetts does not overbuild new gas pipelines.
New Offshore Wind Industry Voice Launches Website
Our state needs to make investments now to diversify our energy supplies to meet our climate obligations under the Global Warming Solutions Act.
WasteZero Joins the Corporate Council
ELM would like to welcome WasteZero as the newest member of our Corporate Council.
Executive Order 562 Update
As you may know, Governor Baker issued an Executive Order (#562) on March 31 that we have major concerns with.
ELM Joins New Coalition
This week, a new statewide coalition of more than 90 organizations, "Mass Power Forward", launched to support an energy policy for Massachusetts that will ensure a transition away from aging fossil fuel plants.
ELM Hosts Walk & Talk with Emerald Necklace Conservancy
On August 21, ELM hosted a Walk and Talk with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy (ENC) for members of the MA Environmental Collaborative and the legislature to learn about the Conservancy's new management plan, their successful volunteer and youth programs, and their work with public and private partners.
President Obama, Department of Energy Boost Home Energy Efficiency Initiatives
Energy efficiency is now a proven way for homeowners to lower their energy costs. This helps to drive down energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions while our economy continues to grow.
ELM Applauds President Obama for Landmark Carbon Pollution Rules
On Monday, President Barack Obama unveiled the Clean Power Plan, a landmark step forward in the fight to curb carbon pollution and to unleash a national transition to clean, renewable energy.
Young Environmentalists Discuss Organizing Strategy at Latest Training Session
This week ELM hosted the second installment of our Strategy for the Environmental Movement training sessions for young environmentalists.
Legislative Victory for Green Budget Priority: Office of the State Climatologist
Last month, ELM sent a letter to legislators, on behalf of the 65 organizations in the Green Budget Coalition, urging funding for a state climatologist.
Climate Change Adaptation Bill Passes Senate
As a member of the MA Climate Change Adaptation Coalition, ELM supports An Act Establishing a Comprehensive Adaptation Management Plan in Response to Climate Change (S.1979), which the State Senate passed last week with unanimous support.
Corporate and Labor Leaders Join ELM in Asking House Leaders to Lift the Cap on Solar Projects: Senate Already Acts
Businesses across the Commonwealth now see solar PV as a way to control their energy costs and save money. However, the current cap on net metering* has delayed businesses from investing in new solar projects around the state.
ELM, “562 COALITION” SEND LETTER TO GOVERNOR BAKER
On July 20, 2015 ELM delivered a letter to Governor Charlie Baker, signed by over 75 organizations offering to help with the Executive Order 562 (Regulatory Review) process.
ELM's Energy Plan in Commonwealth Magazine
When two very different people come to the same conclusion on an issue, it's worth taking seriously.
Early Retirement Program Delivers Hit to DEP, DCR: Agencies Lose Hundreds of Experienced Staff
ELM and dozens of partner organizations sent a letter to Governor Baker expressing concern about the impact of the early retirement incentive program on the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).
ELM Reaction to Legislative Budget
On July 8th,the Legislature approved a $38.1B budget for Fiscal Year 2016 (H 3650). Funding for environmental agencies amounted to $221M, making up just 0.6% of the total for the second consecutive year.
Attorney General to Study Alternatives to Gas Pipelines
On the heels of speaking at the last ELM Corporate Council meeting, Attorney General Maura Healey announced that her office will study cost-effective energy options to meet our energy demand and climate goals through 2030.
Baker Administration Files Bill Promoting Hydropower Imports
The Baker Administration today filed a bill in the Senate that would allow for significant imports of hydropower to Massachusetts.
AG Maura Healey and ELM Corporate Council Discuss Energy Policy
Last Thursday, the ELM Corporate Council had breakfast with Attorney General Maura Healey to discuss major environmental issues facing the Commonwealth.
ELM and Corporate and Labor Council Members Testify in Support of Home Energy Efficiency Legislation
ELM President George Bachrach and leaders from our Corporate and Labor Councils testified at this week’s Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy (TUE) hearing in support of SB 1761.
ELM, WasteZero Testify in Support of Recycling Legislation
This week ELM and WasteZero testified at the Environment Committee hearing in support of legislation that would reduce trash and increase recycling.
Join ELM's Campaign to Raise the Net Metering Cap
The Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee is currently facing a decision about the future of solar energy in our state. Caps on net metering - the method by which solar customers get credit for the energy their solar panels provide to the grid - threaten to undermine our progress on solar.
Attorney General Cautions Against New Pipelines
This week Attorney General Maura Healey's office cautioned the Baker Administration against additional natural gas pipeline infrastructure.
Eversource and Boston Scientific Corporation of ELM's Corporate Council Recognized in Newsweek
Two of ELM's Corporate Council members were recognized in Newsweek's 2015 rankings of the top green companies in the U.S.
Thanks for Joining Us at Earth Night
The ELM Staff thanks you, our guests and sponsors, for joining us at this year's Earth Night!
On Tuesday night, over 300 members of the ELM family - environmental colleagues, corporate and labor partners, elected officials and friends gathered at the Boston College Club to celebrate another year of ELM's accomplishments.
ELM Testifies in Support of Fossil Fuel Divestment
This week ELM's Legislative Director Erica Mattison testified in support of Senate Bill 1350/House Bill 2269 An Act relative to public investment in fossil fuels, which would result in a phased-in divestment of the state's pension fund from fossil fuel companies.
Acadia Center Issues Report on New England Energy
The Acadia Center is publishing a series on energy policy issues in CommonWealth magazine. The first piece argues that the region isn't facing an energy crisis, and disputes the need for new natural gas pipeline capacity.
ELM Congratulates EMD Millipore On New Biomass Plant
On June 4th, EMD Millipore, a member of the ELM Corporate Council, opened a new biomass central steam plant at their Jaffrey, NH manufacturing site, their largest manufacturing plant globally.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts makes the News!
Blue Cross Blue Shield/MA, a member of the ELM Corporate Council, is making news with their office redesign focused on a healthy environment.