Thursday, February 13, 2014

Governor Candidates' Forum on Energy

These are rough notes and impressions.  All mistakes and opinions are mine.

Sponsored by Next Step Living
Design Center, Boston MA

Opening statements:
Joe Avellone:  revenue neutral carbon tax like British Columbia, workforce development through community and state colleges and vocational education
Don Berwick:  climate adaptation, wife, Ann Berwick is chair of the state's Department of Public Utilities, son in solar business
Martha Coakley:  no specific plans mentioned but will continue current policies, proud of EPA carbon case
Steve Grossman:  his company started using 100% renewable electricity in 2007 and brought along his subcontractors to do the same, as Treasurer issued green bonds, second entity to do so after World Bank, plans a 1% green budget for state
Juliette Khayyem:  green bank proposal, climate change liaison in gov's office

Berwick:  built a near passivhaus vacation home which now has solar electricity (PV), supports imported hydro (which is probably Hydro Quebec)
Khayyem:  military as a client for renewables
Avellone:  community, state colleges and vocational schools for building a skilled labor force, big corporations to switch to renewables through carbon tax
Q:  funds for retrofitting old buildings and infrastructure?
Khayyem:  brownfields and infrastructure concentration needed

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