Monthly Archives: March 2014

Notes on Meeting 6

Meeting 6, March 22, 2014

Steve Krings from the Citizens Climate Lobby gave a talk.

Several members questioned the strategy of trying to pass a carbon tax, suggesting the American people would not get past the word “Tax” to hear about the direct transfer of the proceeds.

After Mr. Krings departed, we decided a next step for the group would be to put together a presentation to educate the public on the urgency of, and current solutions for, global warming.

On the net metering issue, members had had a difficult time finding further information on what was described in Meeting 5. We decided to hold off on writing an editorial until we found the documents that outline the issues described in Meeting 5.

There were two younger guests who spoke about the lack of global warming education in their school settings. In reaction to this, the idea of getting speakers into public schools was raised.

Notes from Meeting 5, March 1, 2014

It was agreed by the members present that the group should focus on education. In particular, the urgency and current available solutions for global warming.

Leslie Taylor of Sustainable Fox Valley attended and told us of a new tariff system on renewables that requires homeowners to install renewable generation systems that will generate equal or less energy for the home using the previous 12 months as a guide. In her case, We Energies required her to disconnect several PV panels that had been installed, since they would have produced more energy than her house used for the year.

We decided this might be a point of action for the group, raising awareness of this new, Walker initiative to discourage renewables and for We Energies to cover it’s cost overruns on coal plant expansions.