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Audrey Schulman MAS2019

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Presentation for 2019 Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference, Cambridge, MA

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Audrey Schulman MAS2019

  1. 1. HEET A Spunky Nonprofit Finding Solutions
  2. 2. Natural Gas Leaks 2 ● Old infrastructure ● Gas = methane, potent greenhouse gas Detail of National Grid map showing 2 pipes from 1800s still in use
  3. 3. Utility-reported Gas Leaks (SqueakyLeak.org) 3 Newton Gas Leaks 2018
  4. 4. Thermal image of gas leak
  5. 5. HEET Large Volume Leak Study 5 ● National Grid, Eversource, Columbia Gas ● Mothers Out Front ● Gas Leak Allies ● Gas Safety Inc. Goal: Find fast reliable method of identifying large volume leaks Natural gas leaks - Route 9
  6. 6. EDF Mobile Survey Lab 6 ● Costs over $200,000 to lease / year ‒
  7. 7. Leak Extent 7
  8. 8. HEET’s Technology 8 ● Costs $12 ● Easier on ratepayers ● Enacted in March 2019 ‒
  9. 9. 9 Program 1: Shared Action Plan ● Next 5 years, HEET verifies gas companies work ● Can cut equivalent emissions of half of our stores & businesses
  10. 10. 10 Program 2: Energy Shift Boston: gas pipe replacement plans
  11. 11. 11 Replace pipe: $100,000 4 homes
  12. 12. Traditional Electrification 12
  13. 13. Replace Gas Pipes with Renewable Pipes ● Street segment ground-source heat pumps ● Shallow boreholes (50’ to 500’) in street 13
  14. 14. 14 Westchester NY
  15. 15. 15 Source: BuroHappold analysis; MassGIS Statewide Feasibility Study Goal: Re-allocate gas pipe replacement funds
  16. 16. Program 3: FUTURE Act Forbids gas companies to: ● Bill customers for new gas pipes past 2050 Allows gas companies to: ● Replace gas pipes with renewable pipes ● Bill customers for renewable pipes past 2050 Requires increasing amount of renewable heat to meet 80% by 2050 16
  17. 17. FUTURE Act ● 51 co-sponsors ● Majority and Minority leaders ● Mothers Out Front & Gas Leak Allies 17 Representative Christina Minicucci Representative Lori Ehrlich Senator Cynthia Creem
  18. 18. Merrimack Valley Gas Disaster 18 Copyright WHDH TV

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