Massachusetts continues to lead the way nationally in ensuring clean, reliable and efficient energy. Coming into 2018, the Commonwealth ranked 1st in energy efficiency for an unprecedented seventh straight year, ranked #2 in a clean tech leadership (CleanEdge, 2017) for a fifth year and was just ranked 1st nationally for LEED Green Building per capita for the second year in a row (U.S. Green Building Council). Massachusetts also ranked sixth in new installed solar capacity in 2017 (SEIA 2018).
As a result of all this activity, the clean energy sector continues to grow. The Mass. Clean Energy Center’s 2017 Clean Energy Industry Report tracks the growth of this sector. The clean energy sector accounts for just over 109,000 jobs (109,226); an 81% increase since 2010. In 2016, the clean energy sector produced $11.4 billion in economic activity, accounting for 2.3% of the Mass. Gross State Product (GSP).
The MassCEC Report further notes a continued rise in the installation of renewable energy systems across the Commonwealth. Businesses and homeowners in Massachusetts installed more than 10,428 such systems from January-November 2016, adding an additional 482 megawatts (MW) of electric capacity in the process,.
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. On the Alternative Transportation front, the MassCEC report notes that 2,256 zero emission vehicles (zevs) were sold in Mass.in the first two quarters of 2017, compared to 114 vehicles in 2011. This brings the state 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.