MASSACHUSETTS ENVIRONMENTAL ENERGY ALLIANCE ENVIRONMENTCOMESFIRST
Letters and Press
Air and water
The Massachusetts Environmental Energy Alliance was created to put environmental
priorities back in front of energy solutions – where they belong. We carry out science-based
and legal analyses of the impacts of state and federal energy policies, and advocate
for truly clean, sustainable energy solutions that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions
and preserve our forests, waterways, and air.
OPPOSING LARGE-SCALE BIOMASS POWER PLANTS
Biomass plants proposed for electricity generation in Western Massachusetts will
deplete forest reserves, increase carbon dioxide emissions, and worsen air and water
PROMOTING ENERGY CONSERVATIONAND EFFICIENCY
MEEA believes that energy efficiency and conservation represent the best new “sources”
of energy that will bridge to development of truly renewable energy sources. Click
here for more information.
ADVOCATINGFOR TRANSPARENTAND SCIENCE-BASED STATEAND FEDERAL ENERGY POLICIES
MEEA advocates for transparency and accountability in state energy policy decision-making.
Click for a map of proposed biomass plants in Western Massachusetts
Click for data on biomass plants and other energy plants proposed in Western Mass
Click for information on what biomass plants mean for forests, rivers, and air quality
Quick links for biomass plant information and recent comment letters
Click here to download formal comments to state agencies on biomass plants proposed
in Western Massachusetts
Click here for our briefing that describes biomass air pollution, forest cutting,
and greenhouse gas emissions impacts
A federal biomass study says Massachusetts can only support 6 - 7 MW of power generation
from forest biomass, but the state is permitting more than ten times that amount
to be built. See our letterto Secretary Bowles at EOEEA.
Construction and demolition debris burning at the Springfield (“Palmer”) biomass
plant will emit heavy metals and other air toxins. Click here for our comment letter
on toxic emissions and here for our letter to EPA asking them to take action.