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MassachusettsClean energy only makes up 9.3% of Massachusetts’ electricity portfolio,1
Source:
U.S. Energy Information Administration, March 2014
http://1.usa.gov/1CQgbo7
but the industry is set to grow significantly thanks to a litany of pro-renewable policies. The Bay State is home to one of the most innovative renewable portfolio standards in the U.S.; it mandates that Massachusetts utilities increase the portion of the electricity they generate from renewables by 1% every year.2
Source:
DSIRE, October 2014
http://bit.ly/1xhCpi9
The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy ranked Massachusetts as the best state in the country for policies that encourage energy efficiency for two straight years,3
Source:
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, October 2014
http://bit.ly/1NanaeC
and the state has deployment goals for both solar and wind.4
Source:
U.S. Energy Information Administration, December 2013
http://1.usa.gov/18YG5ds


Massachusetts is not a particularly sunny state, and it does not have exceptional solar power potential.5
Source:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, July 2014
http://1.usa.gov/1zaqYYE
But pro-solar policies have made the state 6th in the U.S. for installed solar capacity, and the industry supported 9,400 jobs in-state in 2014.6
Source:
The Solar Foundation, February 2015
http://bit.ly/1y9GOPg


Massachusetts has also been on the precipice of featuring the first utility-scale offshore wind installation in the country. But the Cape Wind project, which was expected to support up to 1,000 jobs,7
Source:
Cape Wind
http://bit.ly/1GX1G11
is now in limbo after two utilities withdrew their support.8
Source:
Boston Globe, January 2015
http://bit.ly/1xEzfTM
Its future is uncertain.

Learn more about energy in Massachusetts with ACORE’s Renewable Energy in the 50 States.

  May 01, 2015  |    Massachusetts Republican, April 2015

  Apr 23, 2015  |    Acadia Center, April 2015

  Jul 09, 2014  |    ACORE

  Jun 19, 2014  |    Boston Globe

  Mar 04, 2014  |    The Boston Globe

  Jan 24, 2014  |    The Boston Globe

  Oct 08, 2013  |    Portland Press Herald

  Sep 26, 2013  |    The Boston Globe

  Sep 26, 2013  |    The Republican


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