Greening Our Municipal Light Plants

There are currently 41 Municipal Light Plants (MLP) in Massachusetts that deliver 14% of the state’s energy to municipal communities. Each Plant is governed by a Board. Each Board is responsible for their own MLP’s operations, deciding where their energy comes from, supplying clean energy, and implementing energy efficiency programs. MLPs are exempt from many key state energy policies and have wide latitude to decide how they operate.

Electing climate champions to MLP boards can lead to significant changes in a community’s clean energy plans, emission reduction and even job creation. Your elected MLP members can decide where and how you get electricity.

The ELM Action Fund is working to educate voters about their municipal light boards and drive turnout of environmental voters in specific municipalities. MLP Boards are small enough that one strong, environmental voice can drive change. Municipal elections have historically shown lower voter engagement. A small increase in voter turnout could change an election and have long lasting effects on how these communities get their electricity and where it comes from. We are investing in cutting edge campaign strategies and tactics to reach environmental voters and drive turnout to the polls.

2021 Endorsed MLP Candidates

Marlena Bita

Reading

Laura Burns

Hingham

Simon Frechette

Marblehead

Phil Gott

Princeton

Jonathan Gray

Taunton

Election date: Nov 2

Larissa Hallgren

Middleborough

Christopher Hardy

Marblehead

Jim Satterthwaite

Reading

Tracy Valletti

Peabody

Election date: Nov 2

Key Resource

Municipal Light Plant Report Card

Massachusetts’ municipally-owned electric companies have major opportunities for to meet the state’s clean energy goals, according to a first-of-its-kind report from the Massachusetts Climate Action Network.

Read the Report Card
Key Resource

Running for your MLP Board

Interested in running for your MLP Board? Know someone who would be a great candidate? We can help!

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