June 8, 2016 (BOSTON, MA) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today in response to the MA House of Representatives’ passage of the energy bill. CLF remains concerned about the outsized role that imported hydropower plays in the bill but applauded the inclusion of Rep. Lori Ehrlich’s amendment mandating faster repair of all gas leaks.
“While the MA House of Representatives deserves credit for recognizing the need for energy diversity and including an amendment to address gas leaks crisis, what they passed today falls far short of what the people of Massachusetts need and deserve for a clean energy future,” said Caitlin Peale Sloan, Staff Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation. “This energy bill is heavy handed on imported hydro and far too light on the cleanest energy sources such as offshore and onshore wind.”
“We need for the Senate to take bold action to counter climate change and put more wind into the sails of this energy bill,” continued Peale Sloan. “The people of the Commonwealth deserve a strong bill that relies less on imported hydropower and more on onshore and offshore wind including at least 2,000 megawatts of offshore wind, which will grow an industry here at home and create local jobs and opportunities for Massachusetts residents.”
CLF experts are available for further comment.