Mass. Senators Offer Plan To Accelerate Clean Energy Growth

By February 16, 2018Local News

Mass. Senators Offer Plan To Accelerate Clean Energy Growth

A comprehensive and complex bill written by a leading climate change activist in the Senate proposes to accelerate the state’s transition to renewable energy by banning new natural gas infrastructure, setting new targets for emission reductions, and using the market to curb fossil fuel consumption.

The omnibus bill unveiled Monday includes a smorgasbord of proposals touching on virtually every sector of the state’s energy marketplace, specifically seeking to eliminate caps on reimbursements for solar energy production, pursue energy storage technology, and expand the state’s offshore wind power goals.

It directs Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration to use “market-based” strategies to reduce carbon emissions in the transportation, commercial and residential building sectors, which could include carbon fees or a regional cap-and-trade system similar the one Massachusetts participates in for power generation.

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