North Quabbin Energy Event March 26, 2017– Local Action for the Climate

Local Action for the Climate      Sunday, March 26 – 4-6 p.m.  at Millers River Environmental Center — 100 Main St., Athol, MA

Part I – Dr. Nathanael Fortune – Smith College Science Professor and Member of the Whately Energy Committee  Speaking on – “The Science and Basics of Climate Change”   Followed by Q&A

Part II – Highlights from No. Quabbin Projects on “What Can We Do Now in Our Region?  Portal to the Future — Hear about Renewables, Plastic Bag Ban Campaign, Regional Food Systems, Land/Farm Projects, No. Quabbin Energy Work, and Town Energy Activities.     Followed by Q&A with Discussion and time to talk with people working on projects.

Light Refreshments Served.  Center is handicapped accessible with parking in rear. All are Welcome.

Sponsored by No. Quabbin Energy.    Co-sponsors – Athol Bird and Nature Club, Earthlands, No. Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival,  Orange Town Energy Committee (ad hoc),  Quabbin Harvest, Seeds of Solidarity. and other groups. (Poster Mar 26 (1) C to share and post.)  Questions: Contact (978-575-1226)



Working Toward Clean Energy and Solar PV in 2017

Looking Toward 2017 — People Begin More Work on Moving Toward Clean Energy at the Individual, Local and State level

Rooftop Solar PV —  It is still a good deal to buy a system for your rooftop.  See short solar-facts-latest information from Orange Town Energy Committee (ad hoc).


Mass Power Forward begins statewide Local Clean Energy Campaign for 2017  to work toward cleaner power across MA.  You can view the webinar presentation viewed by over 100 people from across the state at

Also see interview with Senator Stan Rosenberg — Senate President Stan Rosenberg says energy and climate change to remain on Beacon Hill front burner  by Mary Serreze.  See at

#NoDAPL Work continues….


Water Protectors at Standing Rock peacefully protest DAPL recently.

For some of latest developments see

From the Recorder —  Dakota Access Pipeline protester: ‘It was a war zone’

For The Recorder – 11/26/2016

Locals who lent a hand in the fight against the Dakota Access pipeline this month describe the experience as “life-changing” and the clashes with law enforcement “like being in a war zone.”

Amherst activist Jehann El-Bisi said the juxtaposition of peaceful, prayerful indigenous people with the omnipresent police force made for a lasting impression.

“To have this great beauty contrasted with being assaulted by these agencies — it’s jarring, to say the least, and disturbing,” she said, adding that tear gas burned her throat and she saw rubber bullets hurt fellow organizers.  El-Bisi, 48, has traveled to North Dakota twice since September. And she’s not alone.

Read more

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Simple Actions to take to help the Standing Rock Water Protectors and #NoDAPL — Make phone calls –  North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, at 701-328-2200.  The White House, at 202-456-1111.

Army Corps of Engineers, which issued the permit allowing construction of the pipeline, even though it would cross under the Missouri River within a half-mile of the Sioux reservation boundary, at 202-761-5903.



Tag sale in support of pipeline resistance at Standing Rock

Supporters of the actions at Standing Rock silkscreening and painting banners and flags in Oakland, California, Oct 28, 2016. Photo by Peg Hunter

Earthlands, a local environmental organization, local renewable energy advocates, and Nipmuk Cultural Preservation Inc. of Oakham are sponsoring an estate and tag sale on Saturday & Sunday, November 5-6, 2016 from 8:00 2 p.m.on the Petersham South Common to benefit the Standing Rock Sioux campaign and local environmental education initiatives. Continue reading Tag sale in support of pipeline resistance at Standing Rock

Come through the Portal!

Look for the beautiful logo (designed by Mary King) at the north end of the festival site.
Look for the beautiful logo (designed by Mary King) at the north end of the festival site.

We’ve been hard at work envisioning and building the new Portal to the Future learning area for the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival, just a couple of weeks away, and we’re trying to get the word out as widely as we can about all the great things that you’ll be able to find there. Visit our full listing of presentations and mini-demonstrations here, or click here for a PDF poster with a schedule on the back. Continue reading Come through the Portal!

2016 local food brochure now available

2016-NQ-food-brochure-thumbOur fourth more-or-less annual local food brochure is now available in area stores, libraries, farmstands, and other locations.

You can also see the online version here.

In addition to town-by-town listings of farms and other food producers, the brochure includes information about markets and festivals, resources for farmers and eaters, and even a bit of history. Continue reading 2016 local food brochure now available

Energy Bill Passes House and Now Goes to MA State Senate

Omnibus Energy Bill Includes Off-Shore Wind and Hydro with NO Ban on Pipeline Tax

On June 8, 2016, the Massachusetts House of Representatives voted on the long-awaited energy bill. The final version of the bill, which passed 154-1, included 1,200 MW of offshore wind — a historic step forward, although we still need to go much further —  and a great amendment on fixing gas leaks. Unfortunately, amendments banning the pipeline tax and increasing the RPS were “laid aside” without coming to a vote.   From here, the energy bill will go to the Senate, where citizens and State Senators may be able to make some changes.  See MassLive news story on passage of House Bill  4377  by House.

Meanwhile the MA Department of Energy Resource is working to develop a new solar incentive program and will hold “listening sessions” and take written comments during June.

Some June and July happenings continue to be posted under Events.

Continuing Work Toward a Clean Energy Future — Town Solar Open Houses Set

Warwick “Solar Sunday” Open Houses Set For June 5, 2016

Residents of Warwick have graciously agreed to participate in an “Open Solar – House”  self-tour.  The homeowners will be available to answer questions about their solar-electric (PV) systems.  Take advantage of this great opportunity to see the real deal and get the scoop on what it is like to “Go Solar.”

See schedule with addresses and times — Warwick Solar Sunday Schedule.  For more information about getting solar (PV) for your home see HOME SOLAR IS READY FOR YOU and Home Solar (PV) Facts.

Northfield Solar Open Houses — June 25-26, 2016.

Watch for upcoming schedule for Northfield.


Other News  — Latest on Kinder Morgan NED Project — Solar Open Houses and other activities  all being planned as Kinder Morgan/TGP filed a withdrawal of their application with FERC on May 23, 2016.  See

TGP Kinder Morgan Withdraws Proposal May2016  

See Upcoming Events for May and June plus Actions to Take Now!

State Legislature and Energy Bills  –  The Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy released a large energy bill today. It contains language re: offshore wind and hydropower, and omits language on gas. That is a huge step forward from prior language being thrown around in the legislature!