After months long negotiations between the governor and the state legislature, Governor Charlie Baker has signed a sweeping climate change bill into law with a goal of creating net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and furthers the Commonwealth’s commitment to combat climate change and protect its vulnerable communities.
“Climate change is an urgent challenge that requires action, and this legislation will reduce emissions in Massachusetts for decades to come while also ensuring the Commonwealth remains economically competitive,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are proud to have worked closely with the Legislature to produce bipartisan legislation that will advance clean energy sources and secure a healthy, livable environment for future generations.”
The bill calls for an additional 2,400 MW of offshore wind, establishes new energy efficiency requirements for appliances, including plumbing, lighting, computers, and improving gas pipeline safety. Additionally, the bill provides for $12 million in annual funding for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, and establishes benchmarks for adoption of clean energy technologies like electric vehicles, charging stations, solar technology and energy storage.
“The legislation signed today is supported by a comprehensive, science-based analysis with significant stakeholder input that took place over a two-year period, culminating with the Administration’s 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap and Clean Energy and Climate Plan,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides.
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