CHAMBERS IN THE NEWS
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Throughout summer, Massachusetts residents are expecting heat, maybe even welcoming it after a long winter. However, the heat that residents have experienced across the state this June and July has gone beyond expected summer temperatures and veered into dangerous levels.
Ken Riehl, CEO of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, talks with Tarra Rowe about a new initiative "Cape Ann Saves Energy"!
Energy is the lifeblood of business and communities. The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce had this in mind when it created its comprehensive energy policy, drawing on an eclectic mix of contributors in 2008.
WIND HAS POWERED Massachusetts’ economic prosperity before, and it is poised to do so again.
Two hundred years ago, whalers harnessed wind off the coasts of New Bedford, Cape Cod, and Cape Ann, charting a course for whale oil to light up our region and economy. Today, our communities are again racing into the wind as we compete with neighboring states to ensure the Commonwealth is at the forefront of a fast-growing clean energy industry.
Reliable energy sources are critical to any community’s sustainability and economic growth. For regions like northwest Michigan where a healthy environment is a linchpin to success, the source of that power is equally important.
“Not only will an increase in renewable energy diversify our energy mix which will help make our businesses more resilient to extreme weather and less vulnerable to electricity price hikes, but it will also send the right market signal to clean energy industries, such as solar, energy storage, and offshore wind, that the commonwealth is the place to invest,” the letter said.
As the voice of the businesses in 34 communities across the Pittsburgh airport region, I know the value of innovation in this great area. I also know that it makes sense to seize every good, forward-thinking opportunity in front of us, including the one now awaiting signature on the Governor’s desk.
"It is critical for Massachusetts to show its seriousness by supporting the nascent industry’s growth, so it does not become overshadowed by development activity under way in New York and other states on the Eastern Seaboard. Selecting multiple projects from the start, and then taking additional bids every year thereafter would send this message, support continued industry growth, and ensure competition and best prices for everyone."
“When Facebook makes a decision like that, that tells a lot of other companies that Omaha is a place they should be considering, too,” the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s CEO. David Brown said. “It makes a big difference in our ability to promote this community.”
"[We] want to express our strong commitment to capturing the immense wind energy resource off our shores. To protect our health, wildlife, and economy – and the quality of life of future generations, we must reduce pollution and launch a new clean energy chapter for America."
"It’s exciting to see businesses in our community making innovative changes that are good for the environment."
"[Investment in renewables] helps us to attract companies as it shows how progressive our state really is. It gives us a leg up on other states.”
"Residents, business leaders and civic leaders on the North Shore are uniting to call for a future powered by 100 percent renewable energy. Let’s work together to build a more healthy, prosperous, and pollution-free future. Salem is leading, and the Statehouse should, too."
"The clean energy economy is thriving in the southeast, especially in Virginia. As a resident of this community for more than 20 years, and President of the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce for the past 11 years, I can say with confidence that clean energy projects are creating a positive impact."
"The commonwealth should signal its long-term commitment to renewable energy to win this race for the offshore wind industry and take full advantage of the job creation and investment opportunities it provides. We urge the Massachusetts Legislature to use policy tools like the RPS and continue to embrace legislation to spur new offshore wind development to preserve Massachusetts’ reputation as a national clean energy leader.
“The Loudoun County Chamber was proud to host today’s discussion involving a diverse group of business leaders and stakeholders to discuss the opportunities of growing advanced energy opportunities for the benefit of businesses throughout Northern Virginia. Our members have led on sustainability efforts through investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and we remain committed to providing our members access to the latest information and resources that improve their operations in ways that help them ‘save green by going green.'”
"It's a growing trend. We have towns that are looking to put in some wind farms, and it's very important that in our area, where we pay some of the highest rates for for energy in the entire world, that we can become diverse in our energy sources and to work with legislators so they can understand and we as chambers can educate their constituents on the importance of these types of energy resources."
"Investing in clean energy will also create new jobs in the industry, particularly in New Bedford, which could see “good, high-paying, on-land jobs as well as those that venture out from New Bedford to the wind farms itself."
“We are no longer in the business of convincing people that solar makes sense. We are now in the business of building the solar-related businesses that make sense.”
"These new solar power plants are about more than just affordable clean energy. They're also delivering economic benefits right here, right now."
"We think wind energy is a long-term supply for us because it's not something we're ever going to run out of."
"We are thrilled to host the state's largest solar facility and help realize the benefits it can bring to our community."
"We represent both the promise of clean energy achieved and denied, since we have the largest wind farm built but others stalled."
"The Tahoe Chamber is committed to supporting policies and advocating for programs that promote economic, environmental and community sustainability. Business plays a key role in community leadership and encouraging and practicing a stewardship ethic that aligns with our natural environment."
"We're in a good position to take advantage of opportunities to provide reliable, clean energy in Traverse City at an affordable price. It's great stuff. To us, it's the way it should happen. It's market driven instead of government mandated."
"Clean energy has already delivered more than $1.4 billion worth of investments, 9,000 jobs, and $4.6 million in payments to landowners and local governments in Ohio. But much more is possible."
“The Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce recognizes that clean energy delivers real economic benefits to the businesses and communities of Southwest Virginia."
"We're waking up absolutely excited Amazon will be indirectly a part of Hardin County."
“Paulding Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to celebrate all of the renewable energy projects that we have going on. These are great ways for us to develop the economic benefits locally, and not only in our county, but the counties around us as well.”