To address our energy deficit and continue progress reducing emissions, Massachusetts needs to expand our access to natural gas.
By expanding our natural gas supply, we can reduce our energy costs and add enough electricity to power more than 5 million homes within 5 years — while continuing our climate progress until our arsenal of renewable energy sources comes online.
Adding natural gas is a necessary and vital step toward achieving our economic and environmental goals:
Natural gas is currently the most widely used form of electricity production in Massachusetts, powering most of our buildings and heating more than half of our homes with nearly 100% reliability. Expanding natural gas infrastructure along an existing footprint in a safe, thoughtful manner could ensure we have the fuel necessary to access lower-cost electricity for consumers within five years.
Natural gas remains the only reliable source of energy that can continue our progress reducing emissions in the next decade. Already, natural gas is the single biggest reason regional emissions have declined by 63% as electricity use has increased. Adding natural gas capacity will directly result in less use of more carbon intensive fossil fuels like coal and oil.
Expanding our natural gas supply will pave the way for more aggressive and innovative steps to reduce emissions. Additional natural gas-powered electricity generation would allow Massachusetts to replace the vast majority of our estimated 5 million vehicles with electric cars and meet 25 percent of our emissions commitments decades ahead of schedule.
In so many ways, Massachusetts is well positioned for the future. By boosting our supply of natural gas, we can stabilize energy prices, reduce costs to ratepayers and attract jobs and businesses to our state, while also speeding our transition to renewable energy and advancing our position as a climate change leader.