Massachusetts can blaze the trail to 100 percent renewable energy

Today, we announced the launch of a campaign to commit Massachusetts to meet 100 percent of its energy needs from clean and renewable sources. Clean energy supporters joined colleagues at Environment Massachusetts to unveil a bill that has more than a quarter of the state legislature signed on as co-sponsors.

The legislation, introduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives Sean Garballey and Marjorie Decker, and in the Senate by Senator Jamie Eldridge, establishes targets for Massachusetts to meet its electricity needs from renewable energy by 2035 and all of its energy needs, including heating and transportation, from renewable sources by 2050.

The sponsors deserve tremendous credit for their leadership. They have joined the growing number of stakeholders and leaders who recognize the need for a rapid transition to clean, renewable energy to tackle our environmental challenges. With a can-do attitude, powering our state entirely with clean, renewable energy is as feasible as it is necessary.

Growing environmental concerns coupled with declining costs have made renewable energy the “go-to” option for many communities and businesses. Dozens of major corporations, ranging from Google to General Motors to Walmart, have already committed to a complete shift to renewable energy. Similarly, dozens of local governments including San Diego, California, St. Petersburg, Florida, and Georgetown, Texas have plans to go 100 percent renewable.

Despite tremendous progress on renewable energy in recent years, we have a lot of work ahead of us. With the Trump Administration and Congress intent on taking us backward, we’re counting on our local and state governments, along with businesses and other institutions to lead the way by setting their sights on 100 percent renewable energy.

In addition to the campaign in Massachusetts, Environment America and its partners are planning campaigns to get other states to go 100 percent renewable. Starting tomorrow, we’re launching an effort to persuade America’s colleges and universities to make similar commitments.

We know that getting to 100 percent renewable energy is feasible — and that’s a good thing, because failure is not an option. We’re committed to making it happen wherever and however we can. We hope you’ll join us.

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List of sponsors and Twitter handles: Thank them for standing up for a renewable energy future!

  1. Sean Garballey, 23rd Middlesex (@garballeysenate)
  2. Marjorie C. Decker, 25th Middlesex (@MarjorieDecker)
  3. Paul Tucker, 7th Essex (@PaulTuckerSalem)
  4. Sarah K. Peake, 4th Barnstable (@skpeake)
  5. Brendan P. Crighton, 11th Essex (@BrendanCrighton)
  6. Adrian Madaro, 1st Suffolk (@adrianmadaro)
  7. John C. Velis, 4th Hampden (@JohnVelis_)
  8. Carmine L. Gentile, 13th Middlesex (@CarmineLGentile)
  9. Frank I. Smizik, 15th Norfolk (@FrankSmizik)
  10. Denise Provost, 27th Middlesex (@DeniseProvost1)
  11. Ruth B. Balser, 12th Middlesex (@RepRuthBalser)
  12. Jack Lewis, 7th Middlesex
  13. Christine P. Barber, 34th Middlesex (@Barber4StateRep)
  14. James B. Eldridge, Middlesex and Worcester (@JamieEldridgeMA)
  15. Mike Connolly, 26th Middlesex (@MikeConnollyMA)
  16. Aaron Vega, 5th Hampden (@AaronMVega)
  17. William Smitty Pignatelli, 4th Berkshire (@repsmitty)
  18. Jose F. Tosado, 9th Hampden (@JoseTosado4Rep)
  19. David M. Rogers, 24th Middlesex (@RepDaveRogers)
  20. Thomas J. Calter, 12th Plymouth (@TomCalterMA)
  21. Steven Ultrino, 33rd Middlesex (@RepUltrino)
  22. Jason M. Lewis, Fifth Middlesex (@SenJasonLewis)
  23. Natalie Higgins, 4th Worcester (@Rep_Higgins)
  24. John W. Scibak, 2nd Hampshire
  25. Jennifer E. Benson, 37th Middlesex (@RepJenBenson)
  26. Gerard Cassidy, 9th Plymouth
  27. Chris Walsh, 6th Middlesex (@RepChrisWalsh)
  28. Kay Khan, 11th Middlesex (@repkaykhan)
  29. Paul R. Heroux, 2nd Bristol (@PaulHeroux)
  30. Kenneth I. Gordon, 21st Middlesex (@RepKenGordon)
  31. Paul W. Mark, 2nd Berkshire (@RepPaulMark)
  32. James J. O’Day, 14th Worcester (@RepJimODay)
  33. Carlos Gonzalez, 10th Hampden (@Vote4gonzalez)
  34. Solomon Goldstein-Rose, 3rd Hampshire
  35. Michelle M. DuBois, 10th Plymouth (@RepDuBois)
  36. James Arciero, 2nd Middlesex (@JimArciero)
  37. Gailanne M. Cariddi, 1st Berkshire (@CariddiGailanne)
  38. Denise C. Garlick, 13th Norfolk (@DeniseGarlick)
  39. Stephen Kulik, 1st Franklin (@repstevekulik)
  40. Daniel M. Donahue, 16th Worcester (@RepDanDonahue)
  41. Louis L. Kafka, 8th Norfolk
  42. Stephan Hay, 3rd Worcester
  43. Jay R. Kaufman, 15th Middlesex (@repjaykaufman)
  44. Jay D. Livingstone, 8th Suffolk (@jaylivingstone)
  45. Jeffrey N. Roy, 10th Norfolk (@jeffroy)
  46. Edward F. Coppinger, 10th Suffolk (@edcoppinger)
  47. John J. Lawn, Jr., 10th Middlesex (@repjohnlawn)
  48. Peter V. Kocot, 1st Hampshire
  49. Patricia D. Jehlen, Second Middlesex (@senjehlen)
  50. William Brownsberger, 2nd Suffolk and Middlesex (@WBrownsberger)
  51. Kenneth Donnelly, 4th Middlesex (@SenKenDonnelly)
  52. Dylan Fernandes, 9th Barnstable, Dukes & Nantucket (@RepDylan)
  53. Eric Lesser, First Hampden and Hampshire (@EricLesser)
  54. Mark C. Montigny, Second Bristol and Plymouth



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Rob Sargent

Environment America Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy