News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Obama gets an A- for environmental budget items

“Overall, President Obama’s budget gets an A-. It is fantastic news for climate action, clean energy, and our national parks; but there is one piece of bad news that really stings: the proposal decreases clean water funding just as the Flint crisis makes clear that we can’t take safe drinking water for granted.” – Ben Hellerstein, Environment Massachusetts

News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Legislature fails to lift solar caps, despite broad public support

The Legislature failed to lift caps on solar net metering during its final formal session of the year today. As a result, solar projects that have been stalled for more than seven months will likely remain in limbo until January at the earliest.

News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Statement: House solar bill is “outrageous,” officials must do better

As the Massachusetts House considers legislation today to lift the caps on solar net metering, Environment Massachusetts State Director Ben Hellerstein issued the following statement.

News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Thousands of Residents, Civic, Business Leaders Demand Legislature Expand Solar Power

More than 100 activists and solar power supporters rallied at the State House today demanding House Speaker Robert DeLeo lift a cap that has stalled the growth of solar in towns and cities throughout the state. Urging action before the legislative session ends Wednesday, advocates delivered letters signed by more than 1,000 civic and business leaders, as well as more than 8,000 petition signatures from Massachusetts residents, asking state officials to expand opportunities for solar power.

News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Community leaders say solar is working for low-income families

With the Legislature poised to make major decisions on the future of solar energy, leaders from low-income communities and religious congregations released a letter urging officials to continue the rapid growth of solar and ensure that its benefits are available to all.

News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Leaders should embrace clean energy future, reject fossil fuels

Clean energy supporters gathered at a State House hearing today urging officials to embrace solar, offshore wind, and energy efficiency, and reject proposals to build new fossil fuel infrastructure. Ben Hellerstein, State Director for Environment Massachusetts, issued the following statement.

News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Massachusetts ranks 4th for solar installations in 2014, but inaction by state leaders could stall growth

Massachusetts ranked 4th nationwide for the amount of solar energy capacity installed in 2014, according to a new report from the Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center, but leaders warned that the rapid growth of solar energy could stall if state officials fail to lift a cap on Massachusetts’ most important solar program.

News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Baker administration moves to lift solar caps, but proposal could put the brakes on solar

Responding to growing public pressure to remove limits on solar energy and reduce pollution from the power sector, the Baker administration introduced legislation today to raise the caps on net metering, the state’s most important solar program.

News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Diverse coalition rallies to lift solar energy caps on the heels of unanimous Mass. Senate vote

One week after the Massachusetts Senate voted unanimously to lift the cap on the state’s most important solar program, a coalition of labor, business, low-income, and environmental organizations rallied at the State House urging state leaders to finish the job.

News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Environment Mass. launches 10-city solar tour to highlight local effects of net metering caps

As limits on a key program slow the growth of solar energy in more than 170 cities and towns, Environment Massachusetts kicked off a 10-city tour today to bring attention to the effects of the solar caps on communities across the state.

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