President Obama's veto to block the Keystone XL oil pipeline isn't the only bad news for the TransCanada Corporation these days. Late last week, the Cambridge City Council voted to send the energy giant a rebuke of its own.
On Friday morning, the council unanimously approved a policy order sponsored by Dennis Carlone, aiming to get the City to switch to a new supplier of electricity for all municipal operations. Presently, the City obtains its electricity from TransCanada, the same corporate entity behind Keystone XL, the notorious pipeline project that has been described as "game over" for the planet by noted scientist James Hansen.
With the approval of this order, the City Manager is now requested to terminate the City's relationship with TransCanada. Instead, the City will look to identify a new supplier to provide up to 100% renewable energy for all municipal operations.
This policy order was the product of a series of discussions that Councillor Carlone had with members of Mothers Out Front, a promising new advocacy group that formed in Cambridge and is now expanding to other municipalities and states. Additional information about this order was posted to Councillor Carlone's blog last month, click here for that report. And posted above is a video featuring powerful public testimony and council discussion on the matter.
The council is also looking to explore the potential for a utility aggregation program to further advance the City's goal of becoming a net zero community. To follow up on this topic, Councillor Carlone has scheduled a meeting of the Public Utilities committee for Wednesday, March 4rd, in the Lombardi Building, which is next to City Hall. More information about that hearing is available here.
The full text of the policy order is posted below...
|Policy Order Resolution|