An Act to Transition to a Clean Energy Commonwealth (H2935)

Summary

This bill would phase out coal in Massachusetts, help retrain workers, and help transition communities that host a coal plant.

Lead Sponsor

Lori Ehrlich

Background information

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts currently has 3 operating coal-fired powerplants, which contribute 11% of our annual greenhouse gas emissions. This bill lays out a plan for closing the plants, while ensuring a just transition for workers, and the communities that host the plants.

As Coal Free Massachusetts states:

Massachusetts has been a national leader in supporting energy efficiency and the transition to a green economy, but coal-fired power continues to take a toll on our health and contributes significantly to climate change pollution. There are 3 coal plants in Massachusetts currently operating — Brayton Point, Mt. Tom and Salem Harbor Stations. Brayton Point Station in Somerset, Massachusetts is the largest coal-fired power plant in all of New England, and is also the biggest single source of carbon dioxide in the region. It is time for Massachusetts to declare its independence from coal.

The Coal Free Massachusetts Coalition seeks to:

  • Phase out all of Massachusetts’ coal-fired power plants by 2020;
  • Advance energy efficiency and clean renewable energy like responsibly sited wind and solar to support the transition from coal electricity generation in Massachusetts;
  • Partner with and empower community leadership and vision for clean energy and clean-tech development for our host communities, including:
    • robust transition plans focused on the long-term health of the community;
    • innovative opportunities for growing the green economy;
    • transitional support for workers and municipal revenues.

Check out their detailed information about coal.

Current Status

The bill is awaiting action by the joint committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.

 

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