Legislative Updates – March 2018
from Mass Power Forward
Months into 2018, urgency on climate change hasn’t dulled. In fact, with storms, blizzards, floods and power outages, the need for action is becoming ever-more visible. Fortunately, the legislature and governor are considering major action on climate and the environment. In the menatime, we need advocates to keep calling, calling, calling until the legislature acts!
A quick status report on Mass Power Forward priorities:
The House should be commended for acting on Environmental Justice and the Massachusetts Senate for advancing aggressive climate action. Your legislators can take action to advance both – urge them to speak up today! Let’s be sure the legislature acts before the session ends in July!
Mass. Senators Offer Plan To Accelerate
Clean Energy Growth
by Matt Murphy, State House News Service
February 12, 2018
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.