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Town should act boldly to support local renewable electricity

Submitting this letter to the editor supporting the town's renewable-energy program was Arlington Mothers Out Front. The names of all the signers are at the end.

Arlington Community Electricity (ACE) options"Future savings compared to Basic Service cannot be guaranteed, because future Basic Service rates are unknown."

Arlington Community Electricity (ACE) provides 15,000 households and 1,000 businesses with local renewable energy. Through ACE, Arlington households have collectively reduced their CO2 emissions by 10.9 million pounds, which is equivalent to the annual emissions from over 1,000 passenger vehicles, a Feb. 17 town news release says

ACE offers one of the best ways that residents can easily, effectively, and affordably reduce their environmental footprint while promoting the development of local renewable-energy suppliers. Now, Arlington has an opportunity to multiply ACE’s impact in fighting climate change. The current ACE contract expires in November, and town officials are beginning negotiations for a new contract.

Writing on behalf of Arlington Mothers Out Front, we encourage town officials to be bold and ambitious as they set the course for the ACE program for the next several years. By raising the default rate for local renewable electricity, town officials can significantly reduce our town’s reliance on fossil fuels.

We understand that the town is proposing an increase in the default rate from 11- to 20-percent above the state-mandated local renewable rate. A 9-percent increase, locked in for the next two or three years, is much too small. We urge them to choose the highest default rate possible for the renewable electricity that everyone receives.

We are proud that Arlington is a statewide leader in fighting climate change, and we know that an ambitious approach is critical to reach our goal of net-zero greenhouse-gas pollution by 2050.

Time is not on our side when it comes to climate change. Every day we are reminded that our efforts are urgent, and that we must act boldly to ensure a healthy, safe future for all our children.

Amy Antczak, Summer Street Place
Ann Boland, River Street
Susan Brau, Warren Street
Susan Keane, Milton Street
Patty McIntyre, Webcowet Road
Claire Moodie, Richardson Avenue
Alicia Russell, Hopkins Road

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