NSTAR ends green-power option; WRSE recommends switching to a Mass Energy green-power program

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Effective July 2015, NSTAR will no longer offer its option to purchase green energy. The good news is that Mass Energy’s green-power programs should be your next stop. Mass Energy is a nonprofit, green-power supplier based in Boston whose green-power programs allow NSTAR customers to support electricity generated from local renewable sources. Mass Energy offers 100% renewable power at a cheaper rate than NSTAR did, and all green-power payments through Mass Energy are 100% tax deductible. Learn more and sign up here! Read More »

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The media on the West Roxbury Lateral pipeline

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The Boston media finally takes notice of the hazardous situation facing residents in the densely populated Grove area of West Roxbury in the proposal to put a high-pressure gas pipeline and M&R Station there across from the active, blasting quarry. Among other recent coverage, WBZ TV and the Globe ran excellent pieces outlining the situation, and local cable TV network BNN interviewed WRSE’s Ray Porfilio and Rep. Ed Coppinger on the issue Jan. 23. Read More »

WRSE Rebuttal to Spectra ad mailer on the WR Lateral pipeline

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On December 22 and 23, Spectra Energy blanketed West Roxbury with a mailed advertising piece that touts the benefits of the company’s proposal to build a high-pressure natural-gas pipeline called the West Roxbury Lateral into the Grove neighborhood. The advertisement neither tells the whole story of this proposal nor speaks honestly about many of the facts. It is our intent here to provide a fuller picture of the West Roxbury Lateral and fill in the numerous gaps left out of the Spectra Energy ad mailer which are crucial to residents’ understanding the value of the pipeline as well as potential safety and health issues surrounding its current proposed location. Read More »

West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline information

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On Oct. 8 WRSE held a Community Meeting attended by 200 people to discuss residents’ concerns and questions surrounding the proposal to build a high-pressure pipeline near the active quarry in West Roxbury. This new 5-mile spur, being built by Spectra Energy, runs from Westwood through Dedham and into West Roxbury; the current proposal includes building a Metering and Regulating Station across the street from the quarry. Read More »

Wondering what bulb to buy now?

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As the super-energy-efficient LEDs (light-emitting diodes) become more available and less expensive, they also become increasingly viable options to the much-maligned CFL, or compact flourescent, energy-saving type of bulb. If you want to know more, check out this excellent update from NPR: “In the Dark about Picking a Light Bulb? This FAQ Can Help.” Read More »

We should ban plastic checkout bags

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The average person in the U.S. uses 350 new plastic bags each year, and it takes 12 million barrels of oil to make all these bags. Only about 2% get recycled, and the rest end up in our landfills for decades or worse (witness the photo at left). Please use this easy action form to send a message to our legislators asking them to ban plastic bags. Read More »