According to research released on Wednesday (November 17) by an advocacy group, moving to 100 % renewable electricity is a reasonable expectation for Massachusetts, but achieving that depends on state authorities and the public’s willingness to support clean energy initiatives.
Environment Massachusetts presented its annual report on Wednesday, assessing the state’s and nation’s development over a 10-year span in solar and wind power, electric cars, energy efficiency, and energy storage. The United States generated roughly four times as much as the renewable energy from the sun and wind in 2020 (11% of total energy production) as it did in 2011.
According to the organization’s assessment, if wind, solar, and geothermal generation continue at their current rates, those three sources may supply the country’s electricity demand by 2035. “Clean energy has proven to power American homes, businesses, and industry during the previous decade. And it’s putting America on the verge of a major energy transition away from polluting sources “Clean energy associate at the Environment Massachusetts, Hanna Nuttall, said. “With renewable power prices falling as well as new energy-saving technology being developed on a daily basis, Massachusetts can and should aim to derive all of its energy from the clean, renewable sources.”
Environment Massachusetts advocates legislation that would force utilities to supply 100 percent clean electricity by 2035 and a 100 percent clean heating and transportation system in Massachusetts by 2045.
The bill, which has the backing of over 60 civic and environmental groups, is awaiting a review before Joint Committee in charge of the Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy, according to Environment Massachusetts. The latest Environment Massachusetts report, supporters said Wednesday, “confirms that our objective of 100 percent sustainable energy in Massachusetts State is not just a pipe dream.”
During a news conference to announce the findings, Jess Nahigian, who works as the political and legislative director in charge of the Massachusetts Sierra Club, remarked, “The question no longer remains, ‘Is 100 percent clean energy possible?'” “Instead, the question is whether we can mobilize the political will to address the climate crisis’s urgency.”
However, Maine has demonstrated that political desire alone is insufficient to make the transition to sustainable energy a reality. Even as officials from both main political parties proclaimed their support for the planned transmission line, voters there overwhelmingly passed a referendum to stop an already sanctioned project to deliver hydroelectric power from Quebec to Massachusetts.
According to Nuttall, the Maine vote did not result in “Mainers stating they don’t desire renewable energy.” “I believe the opposition’s concerns were more about the site and the truth that the project would travel through Maine yet send energy primarily to Massachusetts,” she explained. “As a result, I don’t believe that voters were indicating that they were not prepared for renewable energy. But, even if this project fails, I believe we still have a chance to generate renewable electricity in Massachusetts.”