Legislature Passes Clean Energy Bill

Legislation authorizes additional 1,600 megawatts in offshore wind...
State Rep. Dylan Fernandes

From the office of State Rep. Dylan Fernandes:

Last week, the House of Representatives passed sweeping clean energy legislation prioritizing an expansion of renewable energy and battery storage. Last session, the State House passed a clean energy bill that called for 1,600 megawatts of deepwater offshore wind. This session, the legislature doubled down, authorizing up to 3,200 megawatts of deepwater offshore wind - enough to power over 2 million homes in Massachusetts.

“Our district is leading the nation in our commitment to combating climate change and advancing clean energy,” said Rep. Fernandes. “Moving Massachusetts to a clean energy future will protect our environment, our health, and creates jobs in our region.”

The legislation also doubles the increase in the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), requiring electricity suppliers to increase the amount of renewable resources they purchase each year. In addition, the bill mandates that by 2030, 35% of Massachusetts energy come from clean sources and sets long-term energy goals for the Commonwealth, calling for 1,000 Megawatt hours of energy storage by 2025.

“There is no greater issue facing us than climate change and sea level rise,” said Representative Fernandes, “We must invest in a clean every future by curbing dependence on fossil fuels and transitioning to renewable resources.” This bill is particularly relevant for Fernandes’ district, as Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Falmouth are communities on the front lines of climate change.

Last week, the Governor signed the bill into law.

 


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