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Helpful documents:

The Energy Facilities Siting Board – The Siting Board is a nine- member review board charged with ensuring a reliable energy supply for the Commonwealth with a minimum impact on the environment at the lowest possible cost.  Read their Handbook for an overview of the process.

Acadia Center report highlighting concerns with the ISO-NE process and underbidding by energy companies

Please read the FAQ

Eversource/NSTAR 5 year Vegetation Management Plan – Eversource describes the processes they use to to keep rights of way clear of all trees and vegetation by mechanical (mowers and whole tree processors) as well as chemical (herbicides) controls.

Sudbury Fights Power Lines, 1960-1967 – History repeating itself 55 years later? We have fought this fight once, and won it. We can do so again. Watch a video presentation on the subject to learn even more.

Residents Protest NStar’s “Scorched Earth” Tree Clearing – This is not the first time Sudbury has had issues with Eversource (formerly known as NStar). We know Eversource is a bad corporate neighbor – their actions speak for themselves. We know what is ahead if we don’t fight this unnecessary project.

Siting council rejects new Greenwich substation – There is hope – see this article about how the Connecticut Siting Council, an equivalent to the MA Energy Facilities Siting Board, sided against a utility company in favor of residents.

OTHER INFORMATION

Alternative MA Suppliers to Eversource Energy

Learn about choosing Energy

Relocation Form – Note that proximity to Power Lines is a checklist item. How will this affect our property values?

Necessity of Transmission Upgrades? – From AcadiaCenter.org:

Concern that electricity prices in New England are too high is constant. Yet, a key cause of increasing prices is usually ignored: the high cost of moving—or transmitting—electricity from power plants to consumers. Transmission charges have skyrocketed and continue to climb. Since 2002 consumers have footed the bill for $12 billion in transmission projects in New England, where transmission spending is higher relative to the rest of the country and steadily growing. Transmission costs are passed directly on to ratepayers, causing significant increases in electric prices and higher consumer bills. Outdated policies are driving these expenditures and are inconsistent with advances in local energy technologies like rooftop solar and energy efficiency that do not rely on long distance transmission.


Ensuring that the lights stay on is critical, but this goal should not translate into a blank check for utilities. The way electricity transmission is planned and nanced does not work in the best interest of consumers, but does motivate utilities to maximize spending on transmission. The system is broken: New England consumers are paying rich rewards to transmission companies for billions of dollars of infrastructure while lower cost solutions are not being utilized.

 

Sudbury Water District 2015 Report Some Important takeaways from this report:

  • All of our wells are located in aquifers with a high vulnerability to contamination due to the absence of hydrogeologic barriers (clay) that can prevent contamination migration.
  • The water delivered to your home does not necessarily originate at a single point but rather is a blend of a number of our wells.
  • Keeping water safe is a community effort, remember to always properly dispose of hazardous materials including unused medications. Anything that is flushed down the toilet or dumped into a storm drain or stream will infiltrate into the groundwater and could negatively affect the environment and possibly our water supply.
  • Because Sudbury Water District operates under one large distribution system, it would not be possible to pinpoint an individual’s water supply to one specific well. All water eventually mixes within the water mains. In addition, it would depend on which wells were being run. In the fall, winter, and early spring months we generally run two or three wells per day. In the summer months we run all of our wells at all times to keep up with the demand.

 

HERBICIDE CONCERNS:

Brewster joins anti-spray crusade

How Irvine Became SoCal’s First Non-Toxic City: We are not alone in our concern about the chemicals Eversource uses for vegetation management. Article about Irvine, CA going non-toxic after suspected cancer cluster.

Learn more about Glyphosate


POWERLINES IN THE NEWS

monopoleHow dangerous are induced currents in transmission towers and poles?

Site Evaluation Committee pushes back Northern Pass deadline to September 2017

Decision on Northern Pass Pushed Back Nine Months

Our Opinion: Eversource fails to justify rate request


Property Value Impacts

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TREES

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