City of Newton: Newton Power Choice Contract is Signed!

LWVN received this press release from the City of Newton:

The City of Newton today signed an historic contract for all of the City’s electricity customers that is 60 percent from local renewable sources such as solar and wind, significantly reducing the City’s carbon footprint while also cutting the price customers pay.

This is an additional 46 percent above the state mandate for renewables.

Today’s decision makes Newton the community with far and away the highest percentage of additional local renewable electricity of any municipal aggregation program in Massachusetts. Of the 40 cities and towns with municipal aggregation programs that provide electricity from renewable energy sources above the amount mandated by state law, none provide an amount of local renewable electricity comparable to the 60% in Newton Power Choice. The closest is Brookline which will be at 39% in 2019, which includes the 14% state mandate.

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Wondering about how state ballot questions work? Information and Discussion on December 9th

Do you fully understood the state ballot question process?  Complained about how long things take or been confused about what you are voting on?

Learn more about the process with LWVN.  We are participating in the LWVMA study on the state ballot question process, and will hold a meeting to talk about this topic.  Join us on December 9th, from 2 pm to 3:3o pm at the Durant-Kenrick House, 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton. We will have a consensus meeting on this topic in January, so this meeting will help prepare you for the questions we will have to consider to make new LWVMA policy.

Stay for our holiday party right afterwards!!

LWVN Holiday Party on December 9th, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Celebrate the holidays with your League friends!  Join us for a potluck holiday party at the Durant-Kenrick House, 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton,  from 3:30 to 5:30 pm on Sunday, December 9th.  Bring your favorite holiday appetizer to share! RSVPs are appreciated…info@lwvnewton.org.

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
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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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A celebration of Reverend Howard Haywood

Rev. Howard Haywood event

Join us for a Celebration of Reverend Howard Haywood

Our Beacon for Affordable Housing

December 16th, 4-6pm

Temple Shalom, 175 Temple St., Newton

Link to RSVP form

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