MA Dept of Energy Plan Focuses on Reducing Energy Use
Originally published by: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources — January 4, 2019
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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources recently released its Massachusetts Comprehensive Energy Plan Commonwealth and Regional Demand Analysis. This is part of the efforts there to comply with Governor Charlie Baker's (R) Executive Order in 2016 which requires this plan to include reasonable projections of the Commonwealth's energy demands for electricity, transportation, and thermal conditioning. The report notes that the vast majority of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the Commonwealth derive from the use of energy. Reducing GHG emissions from the energy supply is necessary to achieve their environmental goals and mitigate climate change. The CEP also includes strategies for meeting these demands in a regional context, prioritizing meeting energy demand through conservation, energy efficiency, and other demand-reduction resources in a manner that contributes to meeting the Commonwealth's greenhouse gas emissions limits set by the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) of 2008.