Join Green Newton in the Drucker Auditorium of the Newton Free Library (330 Homer St., Newton) on Monday, November 27 at 7pm for ‘Newton Power Choice: Going Green’, the latest talk in the Greening Our Community Series. All are welcome to arrive at 6:30pm for cookies and conversation with Green Newton board members prior to the presentation.
The City of Newton is working on “Newton Power Choice” a program that would enable the City to purchase electricity on behalf of all Newton residents— a practice known as municipal aggregation. This is an opportunity for the City to increase the amount of electricity produced in New England from renewables such as solar and wind.
Massachusetts currently requires 12% of our electricity to be generated by renewables. The goal of Newton Power Choice is to give residents the chance to buy electricity generated with a higher percentage of renewable content. Higher levels of renewables might add a few dollars to a resident’s monthly electric bill, but the program will give consumers the choice of opting out or choosing from different levels of renewable energy.
The City’s co-director of sustainability, Ann Berwick, will lead a discussion of Newton Power Choice with a panel of representatives from Newton Citizens Commission on Energy (NCCE), including Eric Olson, Jim Purdy and Halina Brown. Berwick served as chair of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities from 2010 until 2015. Olson, senior lecturer at Brandeis University’s Heller School, chairs the NCCE, which keeps City energy bills down by monitoring Newton’s energy consumption and making energy-saving recommendations. Purdy, Vice President of Green Newton, is a planning consultant who works with communities to incorporate sustainability into their comprehensive plans. Brown, vice chair of NCCE, is a retired professor of environmental science and policy at Clark University and co-founder of Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative.
See the letter Green Newton signed supporting municipal aggregation for our city:Newton Power Choice letter