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Ben Hellerstein
State Director

Finally! After more than year of gridlock, Governor Baker signed a bill that lifts restrictive caps on solar, opening the door for enough solar to power 100,000 Massachusetts homes with clean energy. The bill is a necessary step that will allow solar to continue to expand — but there is more work to do to put Massachusetts on track towards 100% clean, renewable energy.

Professor Hughes recalls his reaction to finding that 93 percent of the Great Barrier Reef’s coral is bleached: “And then we wept.”

April 22 is a big day for climate action! This Earth Day marks the historical event when more than 150 countries will come together to sign the first-ever legally binding global climate deal -- The Paris Climate Agreement.

Several years ago, LEGO set a goal to go 100 percent renewable by 2020. Last month, the Danish company announced that through a combination of investments in energy savings and purchases of wind power contracts, it is on track to meet that goal.   

We know we can have healthier communities right now and a livable future for kids growing up today. But to get there, we must transform the way we produce and consume energy. That’s got to start with a commitment to 100 percent clean, renewable energy.

The prospects for transitioning to an economy 100 percent powered by clean, renewable energy are looking up. If January is any indicator, we are headed in the right direction. According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) 100 percent of new electricity generation brought on-line in January was from wind and solar.  

The Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences, one of the most prestigious scholarly journals in the U.S., recognized a recent study showing that achieving a 100 percent renewable grid at a low cost is possible, and praised it’s “scientific excellence and originality.”

Our new interactive extreme weather map shows weather-related disasters in the United States over the last five years and tells the stories of the people and communities who have endured some of those disasters and other extreme weather events. 

Many of us have worked hard to make energy efficiency and renewable energy the go-to energy options for the nation and the world.   We won’t get to an economy powered entirely by renewable energy without putting it firmly in the mainstream. According to a new study from the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions, we’ve arrived!  

It’s been inspiring to see the many examples of recent progress toward our goal of 100 percent renewable energy. But, it’s important to remember that we’re all standing on the shoulders of committed people who have forged the path. There is, perhaps no better example than S. David Freeman.