City leaders can take major steps to accelerate the transition to 100 percent renewable energy in Boston, according to a report released today by the Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center.
In order to improve the health, safety, and quality of life for city residents, Boston’s leaders should accelerate the move to a carbon-free future and join dozens of other U.S. cities in committing to achieve 100% renewable energy economy-wide by mid-century.
The amount of solar energy capacity installed in Massachusetts recently surpassed 1,600 megawatts, three years ahead of the goal set out by then-Governor Deval Patrick in 2013. With state officials considering major changes to Massachusetts’ solar policies, the Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center submitted testimony today on the proposed Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program.
Solar power grew at a record-breaking pace in 2016. The United States now has 42 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy capacity, enough to power 8.3 million homes and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 52.3 million metric tons annually. America’s major cities have played a key role in the clean energy revolution and stand to reap tremendous benefits from solar energy.
Massachusetts communities are leading the way towards 100 percent renewable energy. Cities and towns large and small, in all parts of the Commonwealth, are setting ambitious goals for reducing their energy usage and promoting clean energy.
Civic and business leaders gathered today to release a report highlighting cities and towns leading the way towards 100 percent renewable energy. The report comes just days after legislators voted to bring offshore wind energy to Massachusetts.