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Pioneer Valley, MA: Changing Our Energy – Putting Peakers in the Past

Pioneer Valley, MA: Changing Our Energy – Putting Peakers in the Past

Date: April 6, 2021
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm ET
Location: Zoom, Massachusetts

The MA Mothers Out Front chapters in the Connecticut River Valley welcome you to learn and take action on changing our energy systems. In order to change the energy systems we depend on, we have to understand them. Please join us for a presentation about a highly polluting, expensive, outdated part of the electric system: Peaker plants.

Changing Our Energy: Put Peakers in the Past

Tuesday, April 6, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

We will spend the first hour learning about peaker plants and efforts to replace them with clean energy systems. Then we’ll discuss other topics we want to learn about and take action on in future Changing Our Energy events.

Rosemary Wessel, of No Fracked Gas in MA, is our guest speaker. She will bring us up to speed on the use of peaker plant and discuss Berkshire Environmental Action Team’s campaign in Pittsfield.


Peaker plants are mostly used for a few hours during the hottest days of the summer when everyone is cranking their air conditioners. These plants burn gas, oil or kerosene and are paid to remain idle most of the year, then run when electricity costs the most. There are over 20 Peaker Plants across Massachusetts, many of them old. Demand response and storage are two alternative solutions for peak electricity hours.

Take Action

You can help by signing up to Shave the Peak, an alert system to voluntarily reduce your electricity use during high demand times.

Sign a petition to oppose a new peaker plant being proposed for Peabody, MA that would serve Municipal Light departments across the state.