Organize & Plan for Clean Energy

Submitted by Jerry Halberstadt on Fri, 04/29/2022 - 13:38

To save the planet for all life and our grandchildren, we need to organize, protest, and be at the table to plan our local clean energy solutions. Starting with our protests against a new gas and oil-powered electrical generator, we are now engaged with changing laws & regulations and demanding to empower citizens in long-term planning. Progress is won with organization, diligent research, technical knowledge, and creating new partnerships.

Seeking Rapid Elimination of a Barrier to Renewable Energy

Submitted by Jerry Halberstadt on Thu, 04/28/2022 - 19:34

Re: Revisions to ISO New England Transmission, Markets and Services Tariff of Buyer-Side Market Power Review and Mitigation Reforms, Docket No. FERC ER22-1528-000

I urge you to require ISO-NE to immediately end the minimum offer price rule (MOPR) and to re-open their forward capacity and forward reserve auctions to all renewables.

Can We Awaken in Time From Madness and Denial?

Submitted by Jerry Halberstadt on Fri, 04/22/2022 - 15:10

Story: Judith Black; Photography: Jerry Halberstadt


We are sleepwalking to climate catastrophe—can we awaken from this nightmare? On April 16, 19, and 21 we climate activists stood out in Peabody Square to say that a new fossil fuel facilities in the year 2022 is an example of

“immoral and economic madness.”— UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Fasting for the Future in Peabody

Submitted by Jerry Halberstadt on Thu, 03/24/2022 - 14:58

Children holding sign, LLuveia and Amaya Luz Segura-Leigh


Credo of the hunger strikers

Do we want a livable planet for ourselves, our children and grandchildren?

 This peaker plant, built, would be another nail in the coffin of a livable future. This peaker plant stopped is the beginning of a swift transition to a better tomorrow.

The Little Plant That Shouldn’t

Submitted by Jerry Halberstadt on Sat, 03/12/2022 - 02:18

We are concerned about the future of our grandchildren. Their future depends on our rapid action to replace burning fossil fuels to produce energy with renewable energy sources. This goal is essential to mitigate climate disaster and must be met by everyone working together, especially by the government. Therefore we are advocates for a responsive government that serves the public—but people that we trust to do the people’s business are not acting in our interests.

Can’t get there from here?

Submitted by Jerry Halberstadt on Tue, 02/22/2022 - 20:21

So here we are, watching a new but already obsolete methane gas-fueled electric generator being installed to help meet the responsibility of 14 municipal light plants to provide power to meet the peak needs of the electric system. This Project 2015A, the Peabody peaker plant, developed by the Massachusetts Wholesale Electric Company (MMWEC), has no rational basis consistent with public health, environmental concerns, or climate warming. There are better solutions, nonpolluting, more reliable, and less expensive.

But our regulators have not adapted to the changing technology options and do not recognize the danger of the climate crisis in determining policy. The regulators at the regional and national level claim to use competition on price as a means of regulating and serving the common good. But we know that people and institutions motivated by profit tend to be vulnerable to economic and political influence that can punish innovation and harm the public good. Today, we see policies that protect fossil fuel plants that cause harm and create unfair challenges for renewable sources of energy and battery storage.

“The Tide is Rising and So Are We”

Submitted by Jerry Halberstadt on Tue, 02/15/2022 - 22:25

Guest post by Judith Black

As I listened to their presentations, it was really difficult to understand how they could be allowed to ballyhoo these same technologies year after year, with no real progress, while renewables are here, available, proven, and more affordable. Clearly, their real desire is to maintain the centralized creation, domination, and thus, capitalization of energy production.

This industry is fighting for their lives…not ours.