The technology is available. It is just a matter of the right policies and right actions to make it happen.
That is what a cvoalition of environmentalist believes when it comes the state becoming 100 percent powered by renewable energy. On Monday, local leaders and organizations joined for a summit to dive into the issues.
National Grid is looking to run another power line mostly along the existing lines which cut through town from Hancock.
Peter Kavanaugh, from National Grid, said the plan is to run a 600-megawatt line through Nassau and Stephentown, N.Y. cross the border into Hancock, into Lanesborough, to Cheshire, Dalton, and end in an existing substation in Hinsdale. The path is nearly identical to the one proposed by Kinder Morgan's Northeast Energy Direct Project, which would have been a natural gas pipe
Dicken Crane has a large solar array on his Holiday Brook Farm. He has a forest management program to harvest timber to burn in wood furnaces. He doesn't need more natural gas.
Crane is one of some 500 businesses which have signed onto a petition against Gov. Charlie Baker's push for more natural gas.
Eversource is now in the permitting stage for two solar projects, tallying some 6.2 megawatts in central Berkshires.
The electric company is looking to build a 2.2-megawatt facility on land it owns on Partridge Road in Pittsfield and another 4-megawatt array on Route 7 in Lanesborough. Both projects are on plots of land the company already owns and is considered "under-utilized."
A new report being released in two weeks will highlight the city's efforts toward energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
The Environment Massachusetts Research and Policy Center will release the report in two weeks which aims to urged municipalities to boost their efforts in moving toward more renewable energies and urging the state to pass aggressive energy policies to move the entire state to 100 percent renewable.