Hinds shows strength on energy issues
To the editor:
The Eagle provides the best coverage in the state on energy and environment issues generally, the policy debates specific to Massachusetts and legislation on Beacon Hill. Beyond the excellence of reporting, one reason may be our region has a gerrymandered division of electric utility territories and high service costs. Another is our intimate knowledge of the costs to the environment from PCBs used in electricity distribution equipment.
Certainly one long ongoing story is that the Berkshires with neighboring hill towns of Franklin and Hampshire counties have long been the state's nursery for clean energy policy and environmental advocacy. The current slate of legislators and those who have represented the region over the last three decades have supported and often created progressive programs and regulation.
As a clean energy employer located in Adams, Berkshire Photovoltaic Services has seen close-up how policy details affect job creation and security. We will miss the steadfast vision of state Sen. Downing on clean energy programs such as those that support internships from BCC and MCLA, and his granular attention to obscure regulations such as those that now ensure fair net metering for early adopters of solar PV systems and owners of small PV systems.
All the state Senate candidates on the Democratic side have expressed support for clean energy and they all should be commended for their interest in public service.
We are urging our customers and your readers to support Adam Hinds on Sept. 8. He is ready to put in the long hours being the First District's state senator require, and he has shown in reaching out to our business and others a command of the complex details on our energy mix. He understands the true costs of a heavy reliance on fossil fuels, the benefits of encouraging renewables and demonstrates the wisdom to achieve the balanced results Sen. Downing has worked hard to preserve and improve.
Christopher Derby Kilfoyle, Adams The writer is president, Berkshire Photovoltaic Services.