Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Ted & I talk microgrids and more in this 18th episode of Making Sense of Climate - 10/25/22 (audio)

FM #870 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 870 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Ted McIntyre, Franklin resident and climate activist. We recorded this via the Zoom conference bridge Tuesday, October 25, 2022.  

In this episode our conversation covered the following topics: 

  • Microgrids

  • South Carolina residential building auto based

  • DPU and municipal aggregation approval cycle

  • Building code, stretch code revisions pending

  • Offshore cable system

  • Mother Jones says ‘microgrids’ are good

This discussion continues our journey understanding the MA roadmap toward net zero and while it helps me “make sense of climate”, we hope it helps with your understanding as well. 

If you have climate questions or Franklin specific climate questions, send them in and we’ll try to answer them in a future session.  

The conversation runs about 40 minutes. Let’s listen to my conversation with Ted 

Audio file ->


microgrid - Merriam Webster added the word in September   

teaser to come back to microgrids


South Carolina massive residential building underway in 'low country' outside of charleston. 

no mass transit, while 55 housing is being built, all are hostage to the automobiles

not sustainable for net zero, or for those 55+ who as they age are going to be standed out there


municipal aggregation, we have it, others can't get it


public ownership of utilities I don't think it the answer, we need to ensure appropriate board and oversight of the utilities doesn't create/continue the fossil fuel domination


Hard to find a good contractor.--- this will be important as we go forward in MA>


offshore cable system, rather than extending electric grid above ground


microgrids, Mother Jones article


Eversource/Framingham pilot construction updates

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Eversource/Framingham pilot construction update
Eversource/Framingham pilot construction update

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