Legislation

An Act for Community Empowerment is a new way for local communities in Massachusetts to transition to renewable energy.  This proposed state law empowers cities, towns to use their residents' electricity buying power to support renewable energy projects of the community’s choosing. Important decisions about where our energy comes from and what types of energy projects we support are democratized for the sake of our common future, while residents benefit directly from the projects. 

As a leading organization in the coalition to bring Community Empowerment to Massachusetts, we have established a website as an available platform for Community Empowerment organizers and advocates froma cross the United States. More information about Community Empowerment, including ways you can become involved in this initiative can be found at communityempowerment.org

Benefits of Community Empowerment Include: 

Senator Julian Cyr and representative dylan Fernandes testify on behalf of Community Empowerment - May 2017

Senator Julian Cyr and representative dylan Fernandes testify on behalf of Community Empowerment - May 2017

  • Empowers local communities, through a democratic process, to set their own course for their energy future
  • Communities can enable financing (“support”) projects that meet criteria of local values and concerns
  • Communities support projects of the community’s choice
  • ŸMeaningful, direct support = Enabling financing
  • Residents provide credit-worthy buyer that projects need to secure financing and construct project
  • ŸLong-term energy cost stabilization opportunities  
  • Ability to purchase above RPS for community’s residents, businesses and municipal buildings