CLF Statement on the Massachusetts Energy Bill | Conservation Law Foundation

CLF Statement on the Massachusetts Energy Bill

Brian Barth Brian Barth

Colin Durrant, CLF Director of Communications

Boston, MA (November 8, 2007) – Massachusetts legislative leaders today released a far-reaching energy bill that includes increased investments in energy efficiency measures, new programs to curb costly energy waste in homes, buildings and transportation, and commitments to support renewable energy. The legislation builds upon the “Green Communities Act” filed by Speaker DiMasi last Spring. Sue Reid, director of the Conservation Law Foundation’s Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Change Initiative released the following statement on the bill:

“This energy bill includes a much-needed boost in energy efficiency measures to reduce electricity demand and bring consumers savings. It also strengthens and expands one of the most important tools we have for promoting renewable energy projects to reduce our dependence on fossil-fuels, and establishes a ground-breaking program for communities throughout Massachusetts to promote local energy efficiency and clean renewable energy. This legislation will propel us forward on the path to a new clean energy economy. We applaud Speaker DiMasi as well as Senate President Murray, Governor Patrick and the Co-Chairs of the Energy Committee, Representative Dempsey and Senator Morrissey, for their dedicated and thoughtful work in reaching this achievement. We look forward to continuing to work with them to advance these critical initiatives.”

The Conservation Law Foundation works to solve the environmental problems that threaten the people, natural resources and communities of New England. CLF’s advocates use law, economics and science to design and implement strategies that conserve natural resources, protect public health, and promote vital communities in our region. Founded in 1966, CLF is a nonprofit, member-supported organization. It has offices in Boston, Massachusetts; Concord, New Hampshire; Providence, Rhode Island; Montpelier, Vermont; and Brunswick, Maine.