Mass. Officials Issue Findings on Future of Natural Gas

Concludes yearslong process from Department of Public Utilities

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December 6, 2023 (BOSTON, MA) – The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities has issued an order concluding a yearslong investigation into the future role of polluting natural gas. The order correctly identifies electrification as a better path forward to reach the state’s climate goals while focusing on affordability and equity during the transition. Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement in response.

“The DPU absolutely came to the right conclusion here: dangerous, polluting fossil fuel gas and so-called renewable natural gas are not the future of heating,” said Caitlin Peale Sloan, Vice President of CLF Massachusetts. “It will take huge investments to make this transition, and we cannot increase the burden on low- and moderate-income families in the process. We still have a lot of work to do to reach our climate and emissions goals, but today’s order puts us on the right path for years to come.”

CLF experts are available for further comment.