Experts say 100% renewable energy is feasible & necessary for Massachusetts

“Net zero emissions” target described as “inadequate”

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Ben Hellerstein
State Director

Author: Ben Hellerstein

State Director

(617) 747-4368

Started on staff: 2012
B.A., magna cum laude, Carleton College

Ben directs Environment Massachusetts’ efforts to promote clean air, clean water, clean energy and open spaces in Massachusetts. In 2016, he launched a campaign to repower Massachusetts with 100 percent renewable energy. Prior to assuming his current role, Ben led the organization’s effort to get Massachusetts to 20 percent renewable electricity by 2025. His areas of expertise lie in renewable energy and the impacts of fossil fuel pollution, and he has authored reports on clean energy policies at the local, state and federal levels, earning media coverage statewide. Ben lives in Boston, where he enjoys exploring the city on foot, by bike and by public transit.

A group of more than 30 academics, industry leaders, and other experts sent a letter to legislators today advocating for a statewide commitment to 100% renewable sources of energy.

The letter asks the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy to advance the 100% Renewable Energy Act (H.2836), filed by Rep. Marjorie Decker and Rep. Sean Garballey, which will transition Massachusetts to 100% renewable electricity by 2035 and 100% renewable energy for heating and transportation by 2045.

In the letter, the experts say that a transition to 100% renewable energy for electricity, heating, and transportation is feasible, and point to 13 states and territories and more than 170 U.S. cities and counties that have made 100% renewable or clean energy commitments so far.

The experts also say that a “net zero emissions by 2050” target, as proposed in other pending legislation, would be inadequate. Such a target would represent little improvement over the state’s existing goals and would allow the continued use of polluting fossil fuels, harming public health and risking devastating climate change impacts.

A broad coalition supports the Decker/Garballey 100% Renewable Energy Act, including:

A majority of members of the House of Representatives have endorsed the Decker/Garballey 100% Renewable Energy Act. The legislative session is scheduled to end on July 31.

Read the letter here.

Photo: Senu Sirnivas / NREL

Ben Hellerstein
State Director

Author: Ben Hellerstein

State Director

(617) 747-4368

Started on staff: 2012
B.A., magna cum laude, Carleton College

Ben directs Environment Massachusetts’ efforts to promote clean air, clean water, clean energy and open spaces in Massachusetts. In 2016, he launched a campaign to repower Massachusetts with 100 percent renewable energy. Prior to assuming his current role, Ben led the organization’s effort to get Massachusetts to 20 percent renewable electricity by 2025. His areas of expertise lie in renewable energy and the impacts of fossil fuel pollution, and he has authored reports on clean energy policies at the local, state and federal levels, earning media coverage statewide. Ben lives in Boston, where he enjoys exploring the city on foot, by bike and by public transit.