A Clean Energy Future for Massachusetts

Ground-mounted solar arrays at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

The climate of Massachusetts is already changing, and with it, our natural lands, waters, and wildlife. These changes affect our health, the nature we love, and the natural resources on which we depend.

It is urgent that we correct our course and align Massachusetts' climate strategy with the best scientific data available to ensure the policies we put in place lower our greenhouse gas emissions while creating a flourishing clean energy economy.

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An Act to Secure a Clean Energy Future

S.2005 • H.2802 

Sponsored by Senator Marc Pacheco (D-Taunton) & Representative Ruth B. Balser (D-Newton)

This bill would: 

  • Set emissions reduction requirements in line with the latest climate science
  • Increase the renewable portion of the state’s energy portfolio
  • Set zero-emissions standards for state-owned or leased vehicle
  • Eliminate the Solar Net Metering Cap
  • Define "environmental justice population" and prohibit the denial of energy programs to consumers on the basis of a protected class
  • Set deadlines for the implementation of a market-based compliance mechanism for the transportation, commercial/industrial/ institutional, and residential building sectors

An Act to Create a 2050 Roadmap to a Clean & Thriving Commonwealth

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H.3983 

Sponsored by Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull)

This bill would:

  • Sets the same emission requirements as S.2005/H.2802 (see above)
  • Require the Commonwealth to create a "2050 Roadmap Plan" by December 2022 to set forth actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from all sources.