The current population of the “Bay State,” Massachusetts is approximately 6.98 million people. In February 2020. state utilities used natural gas (80.9%) and renewable energy (19.1%) to generate electricity. Hydropower, biomass, solar and wind are the primary sources of renewable energy in Massachusetts.
In May 2019, the last nuclear power plant in Massachusetts was officially closed. The cost to close this nuclear power plant contributed to the state’s high electricity costs. In February 2020, the average cost of electricity in Massachusetts was U.S. 23.05 ¢ per kWh, which is the 6th most expensive state in the United States. The average price of electricity in the United States is U.S. 12.85 ¢ per kWh.
Concerns about climate change have prompted state legislators to accelerate the moved from fossil fuels to renewable energy. In August 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a bill promoting clean energy in the state. The bill mandates Massachusetts electric utilities have 35% renewable energy sources by 2030.
Although state legislators want clean, green energy, green house gas emissions in the state have actually increased. Why? The shuttered nuclear power plant, which generates no greenhouse gases, has been replaced by utility scale natural gas and biofuel power plants, which are major sources of generate greenhouse gases.
Massachusetts legislators are also struggling to balance land conservation and growth of onshore solar parks and wind farms. Onshore renewable energy projects are struggling with lengthy interconnection studies, mandated by the state and high transmission upgrade costs. Recent, state legislation, further restricts land use for new renewable energy projects and critical transmission lines.
Massachusetts is a classic case of legislators shouting their support for clean green energy without a clue on how to make it happen. Sadly, greenhouse gas emissions in Massachusetts continue to climb, as state legislators chant “Green New Deal.”
“Our Energy Conundrum”