The Patrick Administration’s clean energy agenda has resulted in significant emissions reductions, growth of the clean energy sector, greater energy independence and mitigation of fossil-fuel price increases and volatility. Our comprehensive suite of clean energy policies, including our participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), nation-leading energy efficiency programs, aggressive renewable energy policies and innovative electric vehicle initiatives are driving down greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while spurring economic development.  

Under the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), Massachusetts is required to achieve a 25 percent statewide reduction in GHG emissions from utilities, industry, transportation and other sources by 2020. New GHG emissions data displayed in the graph below shows that the Commonwealth is on the path to meet that requirement. In 2011, GHG emissions were 16 percent below 1990 levels. From 2010 to 2011, emissions dropped five percent, driven by the utility sector using less coal to generate electricity.

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Graph - Massachusetts Greenhouse Gas Emissions: On the Path to 25% Below 1990 Levels by 2020

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