Showing posts with label Wind power. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wind power. Show all posts

Monday, November 28, 2022

Hear about green banking and more in this Making Sense of Climate episode with State Rep Jeff Roy - 11/15/22 (audio)

FM #887 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 887 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Ted McIntyre, Franklin resident and climate activist. For this session we were joined by State Representative Jeffrey Roy. We recorded this via the Zoom conference bridge Tuesday, November 15, 2022.  

In this episode we covered the following topics: 

  • Green banking, what is it?

  • Smart metering, better able to manage use by knowing what and when it is being used; rebate potential for off-peak use

  • Grimsby, England and video segment on 60 Minutes; Franklin Sheet Metal part of the developing ecosystem being built to support green energy

  • Building net zero stretch code opt in, pilot with 10 communities to gain lessons learned; Clean Heat Report due Nov 2022

  • How Will it be working on climate legislation with the new Governor

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 59 minutes. Let’s listen to my conversation with Ted and Jeff  Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-887-making-sense-of-climate-19-11-15-22



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Grimsby, England and 60 Minutes video segment

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/wind-energy-grimsby-england-60-minutes-video-2022-10-16/#x 

Elton John “Grimsby”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7K3ddSNGbA 

Link to Channel 5 piece on MassSave -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/11/representative-roy-addresses-masssave.html 

See the page that collects the “Making Sense of Climate” episodes -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/02/making-sense-of-climate-collection.html 


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.


How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"


Tuesday, November 15, 2022

CommonWealth Magazine: "Wind farm developer bucks DPU, pushes approach agency previously rejected"

Baker aide urges Avangrid to stay the course 

""GOV. CHARLIE BAKER’S top energy aide urged the offshore wind developer Avangrid to abandon efforts to reopen its electricity contract with the state and abide by the existing terms. 
Avangrid has asked the Department of Public Utilities for a one-month delay in approving the contract, saying the time is needed to work out new terms because the 1,200-megawatt Commonwealth Wind project is not viable without an adjustment in the electricity price. 
The company, which has said its project has been rocked by inflation, interest rate hikes, and supply chain difficulties, is expected to file a brief on the issue with the DPU on Monday."
Continue reading the article online
https://commonwealthmagazine.org/energy/baker-aide-urges-avangrid-to-stay-the-course-2/

Avangrid refuses to budge on need for pricing changes
"THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES was very clear a week ago, telling the state’s two leading offshore wind developers that they could either move forward with the pricing contracts they negotiated with the state’s utilities or withdraw from the proceedings and start over again. 
Mayflower Wind quickly responded that it would honor the terms of its contract but also said it would seek to inform all parties of the cost challenges wind farm developers are facing because of the war in Ukraine, interest rate hikes, inflation, and supply chain disruptions. 
Avangrid, the developer of the 1,200-megawatt Commonwealth Wind project, asked for more time to respond and then waited until the very last minute on Monday before filing a response that largely ignored the DPU’s order."
Continue reading the article online
https://commonwealthmagazine.org/energy/avangrid-ignores-dpu-order-refuses-to-budge-on-pricing-changes/

CommonWealth Magazine: "Wind farm developer bucks DPU, pushes approach agency previously rejected"
CommonWealth Magazine: "Wind farm developer bucks DPU, pushes approach agency previously rejected"

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 -> 
https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-870-making-sense-of-climate-18-10-25-22


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microgrid - Merriam Webster added the word in September

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/10/merriam-webster-we-added-370-new-words.html   

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

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/10/16/science/these-communities-want-lower-residents-electric-bills-carbon-emissions-heres-whats-stopping-them/

 

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

https://www.repmikeconnolly.org/public_ownership_of_public_utilities

 

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

https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2022/10/8/23387530/home-electrification-heat-pumps-gas-furnace-contractors

 

offshore cable system, rather than extending electric grid above ground

https://www.wbur.org/news/2022/10/18/offshore-wind-transmission-lines-grid

 

microgrids, Mother Jones article

https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2022/10/tool-surviving-extreme-weather-mircogrids-distributed-power-batteries/

 

Eversource/Framingham pilot construction updates https://www.eversource.com/content/ema-c/residential/about/transmission-distribution/projects/massachusetts-projects/geothermal-pilot-project


See the page that collects the “Making Sense of Climate” episodes -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/02/making-sense-of-climate-collection.html 


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.


How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"


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

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Elected Officials to Protect America advocate for offshore wind power (video)

Elected Officials to Protect America (@EOPAmerica) tweeted on Fri, Oct 14, 2022:
"We're doing our part here locally, and we're here really to call on the Federal Government to join us" regarding offshore wind.
- @CobiFrongillo, Councilmember Franklin, Massachusetts

Please watch the entire press conference on this YouTube link: https://t.co/VyMqDi0yj3



Sunday, October 9, 2022

Now that the Climate bill was signed, what's next? State Rep Jeff Roy joins Ted & I to answer that question and more (audio)

FM #859 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 859 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 Monday, October 3, 2022.  

We are joined by our special guest, MA State Representative Jeff Roy. The last time Jeff was with us (August) we were all waiting for the governor to take action on the recent climate legislation. It had worked its way through the MA House & Senate, the Conference Committee, back through both the MA House & Senate and sat on Governor Baker’s desk until he did sign it.

In this episode our conversation covered the following topics: 

  • legislation passed, signed, now what's next

  • electric rate, municipal aggregation, home electricity monitoring

  • Site visits; White House, Schneider Electric, Andover; Millstone Nuclear Plant in CT

  • MassSave options

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 53 minutes. Let’s listen to my conversation with Ted and State Rep Jeff Roy.


Audio file ->   
https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-858-ma-state-representative-jeff-roy-10-04-22


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Mass Save to sign up for an energy audit -> https://www.masssave.com/ 


White House visit -  https://twitter.com/jeffroy/status/1570067557687738370 


Millstone Nuclear plant visit ->https://twitter.com/jeffroy/status/1576180037132292096   


See the page that collects the “Making Sense of Climate” episodes -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/02/making-sense-of-climate-collection.html 


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.


How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"


Tuesday, September 6, 2022

CommonWealth Magazine: The future of work; transmission site info sought

"EVERY LABOR DAY working people celebrate the countless contributions the labor movement has made to improve the lives of working people. We reflect on the past and present to organize a better future for all.

Right now, working people are frustrated. Many are struggling to afford the basics, much less save for college or retirement. Amidst this, corporate special interests are lining their pockets off the backs of working people. In 2021, the CEO pay at S&P 500 companies rose 18.2 percent, faster than the US inflation rate of 7.1 percent. In contrast, US workers’ wages fell behind inflation, with worker wages rising only 4.7 percent in 2021. This is not “inflation.” It is “greedflation” — when companies take advantage of consumers by using their market dominance to increase prices and boost corporate profits. We’ve seen this with Uber surge pricing during times when people are most desperate for a ride, little of which goes to the actual drivers."
Continue reading the article online


"FIVE OF THE SIX New England states have launched an effort to better coordinate the process of bringing ashore electricity produced by offshore wind farms and feeding the power into the regional grid.

Currently, states contract with offshore wind developers and the developers select where they want to bring their power ashore and are responsible for all transmission system upgrades needed to make that happen.

The process has gone fairly smoothly so far, with developers picking interconnection points on Cape Cod, in Somerset, and in Rhode Island."
Continue reading the article online

5 New England states seek info on transmission issues
"5 New England states seek info on transmission issues"

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Why you need to call Governor Baker! Making Sense of Climate with State Rep Jeff Roy (audio)

FM #835 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 835 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 Thursday, August 4, 2022.  

We talked with our special guest, MA State Representative Jeff Roy. Jeff represents Franklin and Medway and chairs the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy which marshaled the recent climate legislation through the MA House & Senate, the Conference Committee, back through both the MA House & Senate and sits on Governor Baker’s desk.

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 50 minutes. Let’s listen to my conversation with Ted and State Rep Jeff Roy. Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-835-making-sense-of-climate-14-08-04-22


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The climate legislation discussed as amended and returned to the Governor for action https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/07/massachusetts-legislature-passes-major.html


State Rep Jeff Roy’s remarks on the MA House of Representatives floor in favor of the legislation and quoting Governor Baker on compromise (from the Governor’s recent book).

https://youtu.be/PB-CRp7ooCg


Governor Baker’s book -> https://www.amazon.com/Results-Getting-Beyond-Politics-Important/dp/1647821800


See the page that collects the “Making Sense of Climate” episodes -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/02/making-sense-of-climate-collection.html 


--------------

We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.


How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

------------------


You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"


MA State Representative Jeff Roy
MA State Representative Jeff Roy

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Representative Roy responds to Mass Fiscal transparency claim

State Representative Jeff Roy responded to the Mass Fiscal Alliance claims as published in the CommonWealth Magazine and Franklin Observer

We had shared the article on Wednesday (link ->   https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/07/beacon-hill-roundup-agreement-reach-on.html) including a disclaimer for readers to be aware of the dark money funding Mass Fiscal Alliance. A similar disclaimer had not accompanied the CommonWealth article nor the similar item also posted to the Franklin Observer.

Hence Representative Roy's response:

"You undermine your credibility when you run hit pieces like the one this morning featuring Mass Fiscal. As you are well aware, Mass Fiscal is nothing but a right wing extremist group that refuses to disclose its donors, lacking the very transparency it complains about.

If you had carefully reviewed the facts, you would have learned that the climate bill took one of the most transparent paths to passage over the past 14 months. I am happy to share the real story with you at any time. In summary, it began last April with a series of meetings with stakeholders, culminated in a 120 report in the fall of 2021 which was provided to you (and not shared with your readers I might add), and resulted in a bill that followed the recommendations in the report which was released by the TUE Committee in a public hearing in January 2022. From there, it went to Ways & Means where it underwent 8 more weeks of public vetting which resulted in more changes and improvements before the bill hit the House floor on March 3, 2022. The Senate took it up on the floor on April 15, 2022. Over the next several months, the bills were merged and finalized into one bill through the conference committee process. That process included participation from the Minority Leaders in both the House and Senate who both approved of the report by signing the jacket on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

Here are some links to 45 press reports that demonstrate our transparency on the climate legislation:

  1. Massachusetts lawmakers OK compromise climate change bill, WBUR (7/22/22)
  2. Massachusetts passes 'landmark' climate bill to decarbonize multiple sectors, add 5.6 GW offshore windUtility Dive (7/22/22)
  3. State Legislature advances new climate bill after months of negotiationsBoston Globe (7/21/22)
  4. Here's what's in the Legislature's energy/climate change legislationCommonwealth Magazine (7/21/22)
  5. Massachusetts lawmakers OK compromise climate change billAP News (7/21/22)
  6. Compromise climate bill coming down to the wireCommonwealth Magazine (7/20/22)
  7. Baker, negotiators eye path to energy bill compromiseWGBH News (5/5/22)
  8. Massachusetts Senate to hear offshore wind energy billThe Center Square (3/9/2022)
  9. Offshore wind bill sails through HouseCommonwealth Magazine (3/4/2022)
  10. House approves plan to expand offshore windThe Daily News (3/4/2022)
  11. House pushes for Massachusetts to become the center of U.S. wind productionWGBH (3/3/2022)
  12. Offshore wind is the future for MassachusettsBoston Globe (3/2/2022)
  13. In race for offshore wind jobs, Mass. is falling behind. So now what?Boston Globe (3/2/2022)
  14. New offshore wind bill drops electric bill chargesCommonwealth Magazine (3/1/2022)
  15. House rallying behind new supports for offshore wind industry, New Bedford Light (3/1/2022)
  16. Mass. Climate Legislation Overview & Update, sessions on March 2 and March 15WaylandeNews (2/22/2022)
  17. Training offshore wind techs through virtual realityABC6 News (2/11/22)
  18. All around Massachusetts, cities and towns want to go fossil fuel free. Here's why they can't.Boston Globe (1/19/22)
  19. Rep. Roy hopes for a vote 'sooner rather than later' on offshore wind policy billWicked Local Franklin (1/18/22)
  20. Sweeping offshore wind bill headed toward HouseCommonwealth Magazine (1/13/22)
  21. Beacon Hill eyes utility charge to fuel offshore windThe Salem News (1/13/22)
  22. Offshore wind policy fight takes center stageCommonwealth Magazine (1/12/22)
  23. Energy panel readying offshore wind proposal; price cap may fall in pursuit of broader benefitsThe Standard Times (1/12/22)
  24. Baker urges state to pass offshore wind investment to help meet climate goals, Boston Globe (1/11/22)
  25. A first step on offshore windCommonwealth Magazine (11/19/21)
  26. Could hydrogen be the newest green power source for Mass.?Boston Globe (11/9/21)
  27. Beacon Hill eyeing tradeoffs on offshore windCommonwealth Magazine (10/18/21)
  28. Codcast: The great offshore wind debateCommonwealth Magazine (10/18/21)
  29. The great offshore wind debateCommonwealth Magazine (10/18/21)
  30. Baker shifts thinking on offshore windCommonwealth Magazine (10/14/21)
  31. Baker scraps wind price cap in $750-million Clean Energy Bill22News WWLP (10/14/21)
  32. State Rep. Roy charged with spinning the wheel on offshore wind policy. Franklin legislator plans to put a bill out this sessionFranklin Country Gazette (9/28/21)
  33. Two of four possible bidders compete in latest round of Mass. offshore wind contractsBoston Globe (9/23/21)
  34. Turbine tour shows House plans to spin wheel on wind policy22News WWLP (9/21/21)
  35. Massachusetts House lawmakers preparing bill to revise offshore wind policyBoston Business Journal (9/21/21)
  36. These lawmakers wrote the climate bill. They're worried the state won't achieve itBoston Globe (9/8/21)
  37. State lawmakers are pushing on energy policy. Here are 4 issues to watchThe Berkshire Eagle (8/9/21)
  38. Vineyard Wind signs labor agreement for offshore wind project; 500 union jobs guaranteedStandard Times (7/17/21)
  39. Vineyard Wind developers sign deal with unions to build $2.8b projectBoston Globe (7/16/21)
  40. Federal officials approve first large, offshore wind project in U.S. 15 miles off coast of Martha's VineyardBoston Herald (5/11/21)
  41. Legislature passes landmark climate billCountry Gazette (3/23/21)
  42. Mass. lawmakers approve climate change billMilford Daily News (3/20/21)
  43. Climate bill back on Baker's deskBoston Herald (3/19/21)
  44. Legislature approves climate bill, sends back to Governor BakerBoston Globe (3/19/21)
  45. Rep. Roy appointed chair of committee on Beacon HillFranklin Country Gazette (2/16/21)

 

Please share these stories with your readers so they get a better picture.

In light of the foregoing, and as you can see, there was no lack of transparency and thus your reporting is simply wrong. You should have reached out for comment. But now that you have the truth, you ought to fix the story. And you ought to share with your readers the press release that we sent you last week so they know what the climate bill is all about.

Finally, I received hundreds of letters and held over 100 meetings on the climate bill over the course of 14 months. Not once did I hear from Mass Fiscal. That should tell you all you need to know. When you have a chance, ask the folks at Mass Fiscal what the quarrel is with the bill.

Respectfully yours,

Jeff

Jeffrey N. Roy

State Representative

Chair, Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy

State House Room 43 - Boston, MA 02133

617-722-2030 (w)
508-618-7126 (fax)

jeffrey.roy@mahouse.gov

jeffreyroy.com