Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center
Massachusetts has the resources, the technology, and the know-how to obtain 100 percent of the energy we need from clean, renewable sources. Shifting to 100 percent renewable energy would make our communities safer and healthier while boosting the state’s economy and creating local jobs.
For decades, Massachusetts has been a leader in promoting clean energy and fighting climate change. A statewide commitment to 100 percent renewable energy would continue Massachusetts’ record of climate leadership and set a positive example for other states and countries to follow.
The good news is that Massachusetts communities are already 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. These communities are moving quickly to cut carbon emissions from their municipal facilities, while creating innovative programs to help residents and businesses connect with clean energy and energy efficiency opportunities.
Achieving 100 percent renewable energy for Massachusetts will require continued leadership on the local level, as well as strong state-level, regional, and national commitments and policies. This report presents data on local clean energy and energy efficiency programs, highlights some of the towns and cities that are doing the most on clean energy, and identifies steps that local and state leaders can take to move Massachusetts more quickly towards 100 percent renewable energy.