Bill prioritizes offshore wind, onshore renewables
June 24, 2016 (BOSTON, MA) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today in response to the release of the Massachusetts Senate energy bill. The bill, which comes on the heels of a highly-criticized energy bill release two weeks ago by the House, calls for a large-scale procurement of offshore wind energy, the prioritization of onshore renewables, and aggressive action to increase the effectiveness of energy storage and savings programs.
“Today’s bill answers the call of millions throughout Massachusetts demanding a viable path toward a clean energy future,” said CLF attorney Caitlin Peale Sloan. “Ensuring the health of our communities and environment tomorrow requires bold action on climate change today, and this bill is undoubtedly the strongest we’ve seen from this legislature. While it falls short of addressing rampant gas leaks in the system or public subsidies for fossil fuel pipelines, it brings us significantly closer to the energy solutions necessary to move our state and our region forward.”
Upon the passage of the House version of the energy bill on June 9, CLF called for the Senate to go further by deemphasizing the role of hydropower and allowing for a 2,000-megawatt procurement of offshore wind, both of which were included in today’s draft bill. CLF’s June 9 statement can be read here.
CLF experts are available for further comment.