Will RGGI Double Down on Carbon Cuts?
Peter Shattuck, who heads the Acadia Center Clean Energy Initiative, says raising the target to 5 percent and extending it for 10 years is necessary to reach the 2030 emissions standards set by the Clean Power Plan. “Anything short of doubling down will make it harder for states to achieve the reductions in climate pollution that we need to see,” he told Public News Service.
As Jordan Stutt, an Acadia Center policy analyst points out in a blog: “Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts are procuring significant quantities of hydroelectricity and renewable energy through a joint procurement, and soon-to-be-enacted legislation in Massachusetts will require additional procurements of hydroelectricity, offshore wind, and other renewables equivalent to approximately 30 percent to 40 percent of the Commonwealth’s electric consumption. New Yorkhas committed to a 50 percent renewable energy supply by 2030, and Rhode Island recently adopted a 40 percent renewable energy requirement by 2035.”
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