The Massachusetts House and Senate released their compromised energy bill tonight. To say that we are disappointed by the outcome would be a bit of an understatement. As the fires burn in the arctic (yes, the arctic), MA failed to be a leader in the fight against catastrophic climate change.
While there are some good parts to this bill--such as forcing the DPU to quantify the gas leaks, the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) is below what was needed (2% instead of 3% and going DOWN to 1% after 10 years) and now burning trash to create energy is considered "clean and renewable!" Perfect.
We would like to thank Sen. O'Connor and his staff for working hard to have the 1/2 mile siting location amendment added into the final bill. They were unsuccessful but plan to resurrect the bill in the near future. Stay tuned.
You can read more about the disappointing energy bill here.