Newton Power Choice: Topic Meeting notes now available

Notes from LWVN Topic Meeting on Newton Power Choice
Date:  November 15, 2018 8:00 am
Location:  Durant-Kenrick House
Presenter:  Ann Berwick, Director of Sustainability for the City of Newton
Assisted by: Marcia Cooper, President, Green Newton

Most Newton residents have their electricity delivered to them by Eversource.  Eversource procures its electricity from various suppliers in the marketplace and then charges its customers based on a “Basic Service” contract.  Rates under this contract fluctuate every six months depending on what is required by state law and from whom the electricity is purchased.

State law requires that a certain percentage of electricity sources come from renewable energy.  In 2018, that percentage is 13%.  In 2019, the percentage increases to 14%, and beginning in 2020, the percentage will increase by 2% annually.

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Thursday Topic Meeting on Newton Power Choice

What is Newton Power Choice and How Can you Impact the City’s Decisions About Your Energy Sources?  Come learn with LWVN! 

The City of Newton is developing a new electricity program, called Newton Power Choice.  It will increase the amount of renewable energy in your electricity supply.  How much renewable energy do you think the City should include in its energy contracts?  And how much would you be willing to pay for cleaner energy?

 Join members of the League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) on Thursday, November 15th from 8:00 am – 9:30 am at the Durant-Kenrick House (286 Waverley Ave, Newton) as we hear about this electricity aggregation program and the impact it will have on our community’s efforts to address climate change.  RSVPs to are appreciated!

For more information on Newton Power Choice, go to

July 26th Webinar on Promoting Effective Action on Carbon Pricing

Promoting Effective Action on Carbon Pricing Webinar, Thursday, July 26, 11:00 am PDT

Not sure you understand why we need a Price on Carbon? Are you perplexed about how to partner with organizations like the Citizens’ Climate Lobby and others? Come to a replay of the caucus, “Promoting Effective Action on Carbon Pricing” from the 2018 LWVUS Convention.  Sign up for the webinar here.

Leagues across the US can make a difference in their local communities and at the state level to truly IMPACT the global environmental challenge of our times – Climate Change.

Learn how and what it takes – and better understand why a Price on Carbon is critical, how to partner, and how to promote carbon pricing legislation in YOUR state or region.

LWVN Local Action Meeting on stormwater and sewage on Friday, June 8, 11 am

Join LWVN members for a Local Action Meeting, Friday, June 8 at 11 am in the Newton Library, study room 2H (second floor).  The topic will be a stormwater and sewage update, looking at what has happened in the City since LWVN’s 2010 forum “The Floods Next Time”.

Tag Newton’s Gas Leaks on May 12th

NEWTON HAS 600 NATURAL GAS LEAKS leaking methane which contributes to climate change, harming our children’s future. National Grid is working with The City of Newton to fix some of the biggest leaks, however…

• Methane is a powerful global warming pollutant… 86 times more potent than
carbon dioxide on a 20-year time scale.
• Methane harms our health, kills trees and is a safety hazard.
• You pay for leaks
• Utilities pass the cost of this waste to us, the customers.
• We pay up to $135 million every year in Massachusetts (2013 Sen. Markey study).
• In the Boston area alone, the value of lost gas is $90 million, enough to heat
200,000 homes (2015 PNAS Harvard/Boston University McKain study).

Saturday, May 12, 1:00pm • Rain Date May 19
Front Steps of Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton Centre 02459

LWVN is co-sponsoring this event with Mothers Out Front and several other groups.

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