Client: Barr Foundation
Liz Stanton, PhD, and Tyler Comings
The pending 2018 ‘Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future’ includes a range of provisions to address climate change while strengthening the state’s innovation economy. They include accelerating renewable energy targets, creating aggressive offshore wind and battery storage goals, and removing limits on rooftop solar. Applied Economics Clinic’s (AEC’s) 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.