By USGBC MA Chapter

Start off your Thanksgiving holiday week by filling up on GBCI credits. Come to our breakfast meeting to discuss the complexities of net-metering, the Acadia Center's solar policy framework for Massachusetts, and their plan for reaching 2020 greenhouse gas emission targets.

Join us at 50 Milk St. on Monday, November 23, 8:30-10:00am for a discussion about the legislature's hot-button net-metering issue. The Acadia Center's Tyler Soleau will discuss his organization's Next Generation Solar Policy Framework, which the USGBC MA Board endorsed this summer. Soleau, a former Beacon Hill staffer and lawyer, will share his inside views on how to best approach the legislation and lift these caps–and what other policy areas should be targeted.

Learn about Acadia Center's EnergyVision and Next Generation Solar Policy Framework. Developing more renewable energy is key for building a clean energy future. Come understand and join our Chapter's push for lifting the state's net-metering caps to support the sustainability of the solar industry

Questions for discussion at this presentation include:

  • What is the real obstacle to net-metering reform?
  • How can we ensure the most vigorous continued growth of the solar industry and other renewables?
  • Can we identify new synergies to ensure that Massachusetts gets the most sustainable grid possible?
  • What policy reforms are necessary to reach the state's greenhouse gas emission reduction targets?

This comprehensive outline for the state will help preserve and sustain the solar industry in Massachusetts. Read more about the Acadia Center's Framework on our website, and learn why our Chapter supports this comprehensive policy approach, and the lifting of the net-metering caps, in our recent blog post.

Although Speaker DeLeo said that he intends for the legislature to resolve net-metering by November 18, this coalition needs to plan next steps to ensure the sustainability and growth of the solar industry. Moreover, members of the green building industry and our Chapter's peer organizations are instrumental in advancing renewable, energy efficient policies in the state. Come learn about these issues and what role you and your company can take in helping the state reach these important goals.

Register for the Nov. 23 breakfast here. See you soon!

About the Speaker

Tyler Soleau is Acadia Center’s Energy and Climate Outreach Director. He came to Acadia Center from the Massachusetts House of Representatives where he served most immediately as Staff Director and Counsel for the House Committee on Climate Change. Tyler holds a JD magna cum laude from Vermont Law School and BA from Hamilton College.

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