Sierra Club’s Massachusetts climate leadership summit focuses on push for change (MetroWest Daily News 3/17/19)
FRAMINGHAM — Ben Hellerstein discussed efforts Saturday to help communities commit to reaching 100 percent renewable energy as a long-term target, and how policies at local levels can help achieve that goal, during the Sierra Club’s statewide climate leadership summit at Framingham State University.
More than 100 cities across the nation have committed to this target, and at least 12 are in Massachusetts, including Natick and Lowell, said Hellerstein of Environmental Massachusetts.
Massachusetts also has the greatest offshore wind potential in the nation, the equivalent to 19 times the state’s annual energy consumption, said Hellerstein, an elected Town Meeting member in Brookline.
Despite these strides during the past 20 years, Massachusetts residents have witnessed natural gas more than double its share in electricity generation in the state, he said, referring to a December 2018 article in the “New York Times.” (read more)
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