Use the following brief talking points when speaking with your MA representative.
As a driver of renewable energy development, Massachusetts’ RPS has been in place since 1997, and a 2017 analysis by Synapse Energy Economics, Inc. shows the MA RPS has proven to help:
Stimulate local/regional clean energy job growth.
Promote energy diversity.
Displace fossil fuels and reduce GHG emissions.
Stabilize energy prices.
Massachusetts’ RPS is integral to compliance with the MA Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), which mandates that Massachusetts reduce economy-wide emissions 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050, relative to 1990 levels.
Grid de-carbonization is the most cost-effective way to reduce GHG emissions.
Accelerating clean energy development in MA and New England is essential if climate obligations are to be met, especially as we begin to electrify transportation and space heating.
50% Renewable by 2030: Analysis supports an increase in the RPS of 3% per year, which is about equivalent to 50% Class I by 2030.
A 3% per year RPS increase would:
Help drive new, incremental renewables by 2030
Decrease wholesale electricity prices
Stimulate New England job growth in the clean energy sector
Displace fossil fuels and reduce GHG emissions
Have only a modest impact on monthly bills: depending on level of RPS increase, monthly electric bills for residential ratepayers in Massachusetts would rise between $0.15 and $2 per month, relative to the current RPS
In Summary: analyses have shown that strengthening the RPS is necessary, doable, and beneficial for the economy, the environment, to consumers, and for public health