Tuesday was voting day for town and school district meetings. Communities with traditional system will be having meetings throughout the next week, and a couple do it in April and May. Here are a few tidbits of GraniteGeek interst:
A non-binding push for carbon fees won on a number of town ballots on town meeting day.
Called the Carbon Cash-Back Coalition, it put petitioned warrant articles in front of town meeting voters asking them to support the federal or state government establishing a “fee to be paid by vendors of carbon-based fuels based on their emissions,” with the money divvied among all state households under what they call a “carbon fee and dividend” approach. I wrote about it in January.
As of Wednesday morning, the group says the petition passed in seven towns and failed in one. It was on the ballot in 38 towns, so there are lots of results still to compile. From the group’s statement this morning:
Where does the C3 go from here? Towns will be voting through May, and cities have a different process and schedule. The Board of Selectmen or town council of towns that voted Yes will notify their State Representatives, Governor Sununu, their Members of Congress, and President Trump of their request for cash-back carbon pricing legislation. We have a goal of getting on 200 town warrants next year. Other states are interested too.
- The town of Pittsfield supported the idea of leasing land to New England Solar Gardens for a community array.
- The town of Henniker put new constraints on ground-mounted solar, requiring it to get a conditional use permit from the Planning Board. Part of the reason: “to preserve Henniker’s scenic vistas”.
On March 11th, 2020, the town of Sandwich voted to accept meeting a goal of 100% renewable sources of electricity by 2030 and 100% renewable sources of energy for all other needs including heating and transport by 2050.
This is a non-binding aspirational goal for residential as well as municipal. We already have 2 1/2 buildings’ energy supplied by solar as a start.
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Thanks for the update on Carbon Cash-Back Coalition’s warrant article!
To help us meet our goal for 2021, we need volunteers to be the C3 town champion for their town. They can join the effort simply by going to http://carboncashback.org and following the instructions on the Join Us page. It can take just a few hour, or many hours, to do this, depending on how involved you want to get. It’s a great nonpartisan project to do with a few friends who want to do something about climate change.