By Cherie Ching, Advocacy Fellow
What better way to celebrate renewable energy than to be out in the sun enjoying the beautiful summer weather? On Wednesday, July 22nd, the Emerging Professionals Committee, along with the Advocacy Committee came together to do just that! Enjoying the comfortable ambiance of the North Point Park in Cambridge, our Chapter members (long-time and recent) enjoyed the fabulous BBQ feast by Sweet Cheeks Q, while socializing and making valuable connections!
We also heard from our generous sponsor for this event, Zapotec Energy, who is working towards “discovering ways to harness indigenous energy sources that contribute to a sustainable way of life for our region and the livelihood of future generations.” Paul E. Lyons, President of Zapotec presented updated information about the Next Generation Solar Policy Framework (NGSPF) for MA and how many organizations have signed onto this framework, including USGBC MA. Together, these organizations and Zapotec are aiming for equitable energy policies and rates for all customers, residential and commercial.
Our Advocacy Committee presented progress on the latest net metering reform legislation, which is working its way through the State House. David Bliss, Advocacy Committee issue captain, informed the crowd about the Chapter's Net Metering Priority, our Chapter's position on Net Metering Improvements, and how raising the cap is essential for our State's renewable energy goals. The Advocacy Committee also encouraged the crowd to join in on the upcoming Green Breakfast Advocacy Form on Thursday, July 30 @8am-9:30am at the Chapter Headquarters to continue the discussion on these issues and how to support these hot bills!