Clean Energy Rankings/Progress

How Mass. ranks nationally on clean energy issues

Rankings/Progress

Mass. Energy Rankings

Massachusetts continues to lead the way nationally in ensuring clean, reliable and efficient energy, ranking in the top 10 nationally in numerous energy categories. In 2020, the Commonwealth ranked 2nd in energy efficiency and ranked 1st nationally for LEED Green Building (2020) per capita (U.S. Green Building Council). Massachusetts also ranked 8th in new installed solar capacity in 2021 (SEIA)

As a result of all this activity, the clean energy sector continues to grow. The Mass. Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) released its 2020 Clean Energy Industry Report showing that the clean energy sector continues to grow, with more than 114,000 clean energy workers in Massachusetts, 3.1% of the workforce. Since 2019, Massachusetts added 2,100 clean energy jobs, and the industry contributes almost $14 billion to the Massachusetts Gross State Product. Clean energy employment has grown 89%, or nearly 54,000 jobs, since 2010.  For more information see the MassCEC's 10-Year impact report tracking the growth of the clean energy sector. 

Massachusetts also continues to pursue innovative measures to ensure grid modernization and storage as well as alternative transportation.  In 2017, the Administration announced a 200 MWH target for energy storage by 2020 as part of its broader Energy Storage Initiative.  In 2020, DOER announced the first in the nation Clean Peak Energy Standard designed to provide incentives to clean energy technologies that can supply electricity or reduce demand during seasonal peak demand periods.

On the Alternative Transportation front, Massachusetts ranked 7th in terms of Electric Vehicle (EV)sales by state in 2017, selling 4,632 electric vehicles. The number of EVs sold in Massachusetts increased by 59.4% between 2016 and 2017. Massachusetts also ranked 9th in terms of electric vehicle market share within states. Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) sales increased by more than 70.5 percent between 2016 and 2017. This brings Massachusetts closer to its goal of having 300,000 ZEVs on the road by 2025 as part of its participation in the Multi-State Zero Emission (ZEV) Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2013.

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