Partnership to support hydro and wind in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Clean Electricity Partnership has been created to advocate for affordable hydropower, onshore wind and other clean energy resources. The coalition will focus on the environmental and economic benefits of clean electricity, including price stability for ratepayers.

 “The partnership represents a diverse group of regional wind, hydro and transmission companies,” the Massachusetts Clean Electricity Partnership says. It will work with business, consumer, environmental and governmental stakeholders to support adoption of new laws that enable long-term access to supplies of much-needed clean electricity.

Massachusetts has a mandate to reduce electricity sector greenhouse gas emissions by about 50% by 2050.

“Without prompt legislative action, Massachusetts’ electricity customers could miss an excellent opportunity to secure long-term supplies of affordable, clean and reliable energy that not only provides clear environmental benefits, but also ensures ongoing electricity rate affordability for the state’s business and residential customers,” says Donald Jessome, chief executive officer of partnership member Transmission Developers Inc. (TDI).

The partnership says the pending closure of the Pilgrim Power Plant leads to an urgent need for sustainable supplies of clean energy, as this nuclear facility provides “84% of the clean electricity and 17% of the total electricity that is generated here in Massachusetts,” says Ahmad R. Chatila, president and CEO of partnership member SunEdison.

A telephone survey conducted in November 2015 on behalf of the partnership revealed that Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly support (84%) new legislation if it ensures an ongoing, sustainable supply of clean and affordable electricity resources, including North American hydropower.

Partners in the coalition are Brookfield, Emera, Hydro-Quebec, Nalcor Energy, Energie NB Power, SunEdison and TDI New England.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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