17 Feb Massachusetts announces 100% renewable energy bill
The state of Massachusetts has taken a large legislative step towards powering the state entirely with renewable energy sources.
Lawmakers in the House of Representatives have presented a bill that will commit the state to meet all of its energy demands from renewables by 2050.
The 100% Renewable Energy Act, has already attained 53 co-sponsors and cross-party support from more than a quarter of state lawmakers.
If the bill is successfully passed, it will see Massachusetts become the first state in the US to achieve the goal of renewable energy providing 100% of its power needs.
Ben Hellerstein, state director of environment Massachusetts, said: “With officials in Washington, D.C. threatening to roll back clean energy and climate policies, it’s time for states to step up.”
The East coast state has previously targeted a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, with the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act striving to reduce carbon emissions by 80% from 1990 levels by 2050.