Client: Barr Foundation
Liz Stanton, PhD, and Tyler Comings
On behalf of the Barr Foundation, Clinic Director and Senior Economist Liz Stanton, PhD, and Senior Researcher Tyler Comings prepared an Applied Economics Clinic policy brief discussing the pending 2018 ‘Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future’, which includes a range of provisions to address climate change while strengthening the state’s innovation economy. The act includes accelerating renewable energy targets, creating aggressive offshore wind and battery storage goals, and removing limits on rooftop solar. Dr. Stanton and Mr. Comings' study of the economic impacts of these policies found benefits for Massachusetts including 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.