- Massachusetts senators have introduced a broad clean energy bill that sets targets for energy storage and accelerates the state's transition to renewable power by raising the renewable portfolio standard's required growth rate from 1% to 3% annually.
- The omnibus energy package would also allow the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resource (DOER) to procure more offshore wind power and hydroelectricity to help meet requirements of the Global Warming Solutions Act.
- The state passed the Act in 2008, requiring at least an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, relative to 1990 levels. The new legislation is wide-ranging in impacts, including calling on the state pension fund to divest from fossil fuel holdings.
Massachusetts' omnibus energy plan is an ambitious attempt to grow the state's clean energy resources.
The proposal also sets a goal of 5,000 MW of offshore wind power for the state, and reduces the time between procurements of offshore wind power from 24 months to 18 months.
But with debate just beginning the package of proposals is merely a starting point. Nevertheless, clean energy advocates praised lawmakers for their work.
David Ismay, senior attorney at Conservation Law Foundation, said in a statement that the "ambitious bill is a bold statement of our need to fight for the health and safety of our communities." The bill, he added, "gives us the opportunity to simultaneously reduce our emissions, bring good jobs to the region, and invigorate our neighborhoods.”