Statement from Francis Pullaro, Executive Director, RENEW Northeast RE: Massachusetts’ House and Senate Adoption of An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy (S.2995)
“For developers of offshore wind projects, this legislation sends a signal to invest in the Commonwealth and bring with it the economic development benefits of affordable renewable energy development,” said Francis Pullaro, Executive Director of RENEW Northeast. “We urge Governor Baker to sign this bill into law.”
This new legislation also strengthens Massachusetts’ Renewable Portfolio Standard – a requirement for consumers to purchase renewable energy – by accelerating annual increases to having at least 40 percent of electricity be renewable by 2030. “Offshore wind technology is advancing at a rapid pace,” said Pullaro. “The opportunities for growth in this sector and increasing its use in more locations are expanding rapidly. This legislation makes sure Massachusetts will be at the forefront of reaping the benefits of offshore wind.”
RENEW offers its deep appreciation to members of the conference committee Senators Michael J. Barrett, Cynthia Stone Creem, and Patrick M. O’Connor and Representatives Thomas A. Golden, Jr., Patricia A. Haddad and Bradley H. Jones, Jr. for their bipartisan leadership with this legislation to grow the green economy and keep the Commonwealth on a trajectory to meet its commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
RENEW member projects will lower greenhouse gas emissions and lead to the development of affordable, renewable energy and add jobs to the clean economy. Renewable energy projects today are providing Massachusetts with positive economic benefits to host communities including much needed new tax revenue. The stream of projects underway support local construction and service jobs during development and new opportunities in operations and maintenance once projects are supplying clean energy.
RENEW Northeast is a non-profit association uniting the renewable energy industry and environmental advocates whose mission involves coordinating the ideas and resources of its members with the goal of increasing environmentally sustainable energy generation in the Northeast from the region’s abundant, indigenous renewable resources.