February 15, 2017

Area lawmakers help push renewable energy bills, full conversion by 2050

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BOSTON — Massachusetts would need to get all of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2050 under legislation filed last month and backed by more than a quarter of state lawmakers.

Bills filed this week by Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, and Reps. Sean Garballey, D-Arlington, and Marjorie Decker, D-Cambridge, (SD 1932, HD 3357) would call for 100 percent renewable electricity by 2035 and 100 percent renewable energy economy-wide — including electricity, heating, transportation and other sectors — by 2050.

Supporters of the legislation said their goal was an ambitious one that would help fight climate change and would make Massachusetts the first state to commit to 100 percent renewable energy throughout its economy.

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