Take Action: Petition to Help Local Communities Benefit from Offshore Wind Projects

By Emily Stiever on September 30, 2013

Below is an e-blast we are circulating to encourage the Department of the Interior to give priority to offshore wind projects in Massachusetts that provide meaningful local community benefits and participation. This includes projects that incorporate community ownership or create local jobs.

We are excited to support CPN member Vineyard Power’s efforts on this policy because it creates clear incentives for project developers to implement community-based renewable energy projects.

Please take a moment to sign the petition and help spread the word. Please also consider forwarding this message to your lists. Let us know, too, if you’d be interested in doing some cross-promotional work on this e-blast, especially if you are located in Massachusetts.

Dear Supporter,

Vineyard Power, a non-profit community-owned energy cooperative in Massachusetts, is working to ensure local communities benefit from proposed offshore wind development. But they need our help!
They are working to promote policies, in this case a preference in federal offshore wind leasing rules, that will give a discount in a lease auction to projects that have meaningful local community benefits and participation. That includes projects that provide jobs, stable affordable energy prices, and opportunities for local ownership in projects.

Can you sign a petition to help ensure that local communities receive direct benefits from offshore wind farm development? Click here to sign a petition in support of local energy benefits.

Vineyard Power is one of many organizations around the country helping local communities gain control over their right to produce clean, local power!

Start your own petition

If your organization is interested in getting help circuiting a petition, let us know. We have online tools for promoting petitions and can help your organization get the word out. At the end of the petition you’ll also get a list of all the signers so you can contact them in the future (something that many of the SignOn.org/Change.org platforms don’t allow).