Client: Barr Foundation
Dates: March 2018-June 2018
Clinic Director and Senior Economist Liz Stanton, PhD, Senior Researcher Tyler Comings, and members of the Applied Economics Clinic (AEC) staff partnered with Sustainable Energy Advantage and analyzed Massachusetts pending 2018 'Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future'. The act includes a range of provisions to address climate change while strengthening the state's innovation economy: accelerating renewable energy targets, ambitious offshore wind and battery storage goals, and removing limits on rooftop solar. AEC's policy briefs and report detail the economic impacts of these policies. The benefits for Massachusetts include new jobs, a stronger economy, more renewable resources, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, these policies would have little or no effect on consumers’ electric bills through 2030.