Lawmakers pushing to make Massachusetts 100% powered by renewable energy

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A bill filed on Monday aims to have Massachusetts powered by 100 percent clean energy by 2045, a proposal many lawmakers say is long overdue.

House Bill 30-92 is designed to transform the state’s energy sector by using only clean energy alternatives like wind and solar.  

State Representatives Marjorie Decker and Sean Garballey said the bill would improve air quality, keeping communities across the commonwealth safe and healthy.

“My constituents, as was said here earlier are demanding that we take more aggressive, bold action. Not only trying to mitigate and adapt to climate change but that we also look at how do we reverse some of the damage that has already occurred,” Rep. Decker said. 

At Monday’s event, the bill’s sponsors called on their colleagues to help move Massachusetts towards a completely carbon-free climate. 

Rep. Garballey told 22News, “Representative Decker and myself will be meeting with every single lawmaker whether they’re in the Senate, House, Democrat or Republican, to try to get their feedback and try and get their support.”

This new clean energy push comes after Governor Charlie Baker proposed a plan to have an offshore wind farm generating 3,200 megawatts of power by 2035.

With bipartisan support, state lawmakers are optimistic that Massachusetts will reach their renewable energy goals.

Currently, Hawaii is the only state that has passed a 100 percent renewable energy bill, but more than a dozen states have proposed similar legislation. 

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