Greening Our Municipal Light Plants
There are currently 41 Municipal Light Plants (MLP) in Massachusetts that deliver 14% of the state’s energy to municipal communities. Each Plant is governed by a Board. Each Board is responsible for their own MLP’s operations, deciding where their energy comes from, supplying clean energy, and implementing energy efficiency programs. MLPs are exempt from many key state energy policies and have wide latitude to decide how they operate.
Electing climate champions to MLP boards can lead to significant changes in a community’s clean energy plans, emission reduction and even job creation. Your elected MLP members can decide where and how you get electricity.
The ELM Action Fund is working to educate voters about their municipal light boards and drive turnout of environmental voters in specific municipalities. MLP Boards are small enough that one strong, environmental voice can drive change. Municipal elections have historically shown lower voter engagement. A small increase in voter turnout could change an election and have long lasting effects on how these communities get their electricity and where it comes from. We are investing in cutting edge campaign strategies and tactics to reach environmental voters and drive turnout to the polls.
Municipal Light Plant Report Card
Massachusetts’ municipally-owned electric companies have major opportunities for improvement to meet the state’s clean energy goals, according to a first-of-its-kind report from the Massachusetts Climate Action Network. The report, titled What’s the Score? A Comparative Analysis of Massachusetts Municipal Light Plant’s Clean Energy and Climate Action Performance, grades all 41 Municipal Light Plants (MLPs) on their clean energy supply portfolios, energy efficiency programs, transparency to their customers, and the extent to which they plan to reduce their dependence on dirty energy over time.
More Information on Municipal Light Plants
The Massachusetts Climate Action Network works to facilitate municipal-level action and empower their local chapters by enhancing communication, promoting town-level projects that improve communities, decreasing climate change-causing pollution, and reducing development time for those projects. Mass Power Forward is a coalition of over 200 environmental leaders, community development organizations, clean energy businesses, faith groups, neighborhood health and safety advocates and Massachusetts families that believe our state and region can power forward with healthy, clean, affordable, reliable energy and a thriving economy. Both organizations are a great resource for information on municipal light plants across the state.
We’re Hiring Paid Canvassers!
Looking for a way to help combat climate change quickly and locally? Help elect municipal environmental champions that decide where you get electricity! Join the Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund as we go door to door to remind voters about why they should vote in their local elections for their Municipal Light Plant Board.
Canvassers are paid $15 an hour and transportation is covered.
March 13th – 17th: Wellesley
April 1st – 4th: Middleborough
May 3rd – 7th: Hull
June 12th – 16th: Marblehead
Running for your MLP Board
Interested in running for your MLP Board? Know someone who would be a great candidate? We can help! Alongside organizations all over the state and progressive consulting firm Field First, we have developed a program to help interested candidates run for their MLP board. With help identifying likely voters, Facebook and website set up, campaign materials, and goal setting, you don’t need to be a seasoned politician or super volunteer to run for your MLP board. If you or anyone you know would be interested in running, please fill out the form below.