Governor Deval Patrick today outlined the progress of the Patrick-Murray Administration's clean energy agenda in an address to clean energy leaders and stakeholders at FastCap Systems in Boston's Innovation District. The Governor promised to build on four years of successful energy efficiency and clean and renewable energy policies, pledging to make Massachusetts a global leader in an industry that creates jobs, stabilizes costs and protects our environment.
"Four years ago, we set out to shape a new energy future to grow jobs, stabilize energy costs, and protect our environment for future generations," said Governor Patrick. "Today, we're seeing results across the board with increases in wind and solar generation, advancements in energy efficiency, growth in the cleantech sector and greater participation in Green Communities Act. Winners don't stand still, and if we want Massachusetts to stay a winner in clean energy, there's more for us to do."
Clean energy employment in Massachusetts grew by 6.7 percent during 2011 and the industry expects to meet or exceed this job growth in 2012. To date, the Governor's investments and policies have created close to 115 megawatts of solar power, the equivalent of taking 9,500 cars off the road each year or producing enough electricity to power more than 18,000 homes. In the last three years alone, Massachusetts consumers have saved nearly 40 percent on their electric bills.
In his speech, Governor Patrick announced the Obama Administration's designation of the Massachusetts Wind Energy Area, the largest proposed offshore wind development area along the East Coast that has already attracted interest from 10 offshore wind development companies. The Governor highlighted his support for new biogas regulations to increase our production of renewable energy and announced that Massachusetts is expected to reach 100 Green Communities by this summer. Finally, the Governor reiterated his support for wind siting legislation and called on the House of Representatives to pass a Senate-approved bill that expands support for renewable and clean energy.