September 8, 2017

Public, private leaders call for renewable energy push

Photo/State House News Service
State leaders are calling for a push to power the state entirely with renewable energy.

Central Massachusetts leaders said at a renewable energy summit in Oakham Thursday the state should move to a 100-percent renewable energy solution.

At The Central Massachusetts 100% Renewable Energy Summit at Dismas Family Farm, several local, legislative and business leaders said the state has made enough progress to continue the move towards an energy grid completely reliant upon renewable energy like solar and wind.

Several Central Mass. companies and communities have focused on increasing renewable energy efforts, including a city-owned solar installation in Worcester, the largest of its kind in New England that opened last month.

State Sen. Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) has filed a bill that seeks to rid the state of non-renewable energy sources by 2035 and require 100 percent renewable heating and transportation by 2050.

He's also filed another bill relative to solar power and the green economy.

"These bills would significantly increase our renewable energy portfolio to accelerate our transition away from dirty fossil fuels, boost our green economy, and protect our environment," he said.

So far, 58 lawmakers have signed on in support of the bill, the 100% Renewable Energy Act.

In a press release about the summit, Environment Massachusetts said the public and private sectors should urgently begin the move to renewable following President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement.

"With federal officials moving in the wrong direction, it's up to local communities to lead on clean energy," said State Director Ben Hellerstein. "Our climate and our health can't wait."


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