Gov. Baker Submits Energy Bill Pitch to Lawmakers

Published By : 30 Sep 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Governor Charlie Baker has pitched his attempts to make large-scale imports of hydroelectric power into Massachusetts. The pitch was delivered on Tuesday to a meeting for Massachusetts’s carbon emissions goals. The goals are targeted to be met by 2020. The climate change project was established by the previous governor, a project that the Republican governor has accepted and has decided to carry it forward.

Mass Power Forward, a statewide energy coalition, rallied outside the State House of Massachusetts while Charlie Baker proceeded with his testimony in front of a legislative committee on Tuesday. In his speech he mentioned his full support to the two bills filed under his administration. The bills would authorize the utilities to look for future contracts for hydroelectric power. The bills also raise the cap on the quantity of solar power the private and public entities can return back into the power grid at retail prices.

Baker said that the state of Massachusetts is at a crossroads in regards to achieving its environmental goals and at the same time striving to cut down the energy costs, which are some of the highest in the country. Baker asked for the state to embody a more diversified energy portfolio, which should include natural gas, hydro, wind, and solar. These sources are to slowly replace the depleting fossil fuels.

The state has also set a goal to reduce its carbon footprint by cutting back on its carbon emissions by 25% before 2020 ends. Currently, the administration said that as of 2012 the emissions were cut by only 15%

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