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Action on pro-wind legislation on 3/29/12

March 28, 2012

The Massachusetts Senate tabled for one week the complex and controversial Bill S.2200 on Thursday March 29.

The bill will give the governor unprecedented control over the electricity market in the state, force more wind turbines and transmission lines into communities, and increase electricity rates for the next 20 to 30 years.

The bill, Bill S.2200 An Act relative to competitively priced electricity in the Commonwealth (with 58 amendments ), is being rushed through the legislature by the Patrick administration and the wind industry, but stakeholder opposition slowed it down.

More information is provided here.

S.2200 is an energy bill that will increase subsidies to the wind industry, raise costs for consumers, strip revenue from towns, and empower the governor to dominate the renewable energy market in Massachusetts and New England.

According to the 2012 strategic plan of the American Wind Energy Association, “The Patrick administration wants to drive regional procurement plus a higher wind target (30%) for the state and the NE region.” (p. 149 of 259)

Please contact your state senator and the senate president now, using information provided here.

  • Reject the governor’s power grab
  • Conduct an independent study of all the costs
  • Don’t put the state in the energy business
  • Preserve the full taxing power of towns hosting wind turbines
  • Seek other cheaper forms of renewable energy, like existing large-scale hydro
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