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Asked how it will help meet Massachusetts climate goals, Berkshire Gas said natural gas will have a key role. “All scenarios taken together ... envision an important role for natural gas in the energy transition,” it said. Others beg to differ.
In a month, consultants must complete an analysis of how Massachusetts utilities companies can help the state meet its climate goals. If a Tuesday stakeholder meeting provides any indication of what is to come, climate groups have little faith in the process.
As utilities companies ponder the “future of gas” in Massachusetts, climate groups have chimed in, asking those companies to move off of gas entirely.
Climate activists called for Berkshire Gas to move from fossil fuels to clean heating sources. After protesters arrived at the company’s Cheshire Road headquarters, Berkshire Gas called the police.
Scrolling through such gloomy projections can lead people to a sense of “climate despair.” But, local organizers say there is a lot that can be done.
Burning wood for energy emits more carbon dioxide than fossil fuels. But, while the state has proposed new regulations to protect 90 percent of Massachusetts municipalities from new wood-burning facilities, 35 towns — seven in the Berkshires — remain eligible for new facilities.
PITTSFIELD — With the air-quality permit for a Merrill Road power plant set to expire in October, several local groups want the plant’s owner …
ADAMS — A new renewable heating system is scheduled to debut in Adams this winter.
In its campaign to convert three local power plants to less-polluting alternatives, the Berkshire Environmental Action Team has added local su…