Much of recent effort on Beacon Hill to clean our energy and cut industrial carbon pollution has focused on our big electric utilities, but we’ve overlooked a critical slice of our energy pie. Right now, 14 percent of the electricity used in Massachusetts is provided by municipal light plants, owned, maintained and operated by communities to provide electric and/or gas services to their citizens. The Massachusetts Climate Action Network has taken a first-of-its-kind look at MLPs on transitioning to clean energy, and what we’ve found is a golden opportunity to make fast affordable gains on providing clean, efficient energy to Massachusetts consumers.
We graded all 41 MLPs on their clean energy supply portfolios, energy efficiency programs, transparency to their customers, and the extent to which they plan to reduce their dependence on dirty energy over time. We found that while several stood out for their good work, many of them need a great deal of improvement to keep pace with the commonwealth’s clean energy policies and goals. (read more)
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