Massachusetts has made great progress jumpstarting clean sources of energy for the future. But the failure to address our need for reliable, affordable energy in the interim harms the planet and our economy.
Running Out of Energy
The closure of Brayton Point Station and Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station and other planned and potential retirements mean as much as 1/3 of the Commonwealth’s energy sources may be retired in the years to come. Meanwhile, our region’s grid operator says Massachusetts is still “decades away” from complete independence from fossil fuels.
The Highest Electricity Costs in the Country
Today, we pay the highest electricity prices in the continental United States and Massachusetts is one of costliest states to do business (#45). Every winter, our lack of reliable energy leaves New Englanders paying an estimated $1 billion in increased costs — even more when temperatures dip.
Serious Reliability Concerns
The region’s grid operator has warned that a “perfect storm” of problems could force them to request that the public conserve electricity or even order controlled power outages. These costs and concerns have already caused some companies to leave the Commonwealth.
Increasing Pressure to Use Oil and Coal
When demand spikes during winter peak periods, we rely on high greenhouse gas-emitting oil and coal-fired facilities for as much as 40% of our electricity. Changes recently proposed at the federal level will only deepen this problem, increasing the likelihood that coal or oil generation will be used and undoing much of our climate progress.