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Presentation at 2016 Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference

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  1. 1. 1 Decarbonizing Massachusetts & the Grid: Local Solutions Caitlin Peale Sloan, Staff Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation Massachusetts Sustainable Communities Conference April 16, 2016
  2. 2. ‘Fossil fuels’ has become a dirty word.   It keeps coming up in conversations,  but what are we actually doing to  enable and speed up the transition  from fossil fuels to renewables? 2
  3. 3. Where are we on the path to  decarbonization in Massachusetts? 3
  4. 4. 4 Source: MA Clean Energy & Climate Plan Update, 2015
  5. 5. New England Electricity 5 Source: ISO‐NE Electric Generator Air Emissions Report
  6. 6. What does that path actually look like? 6
  7. 7. MA Global Warming Solutions Act Illustrative long term GHG reductions by sector 7MA Clean Energy & Climate Plan Update, 2015
  8. 8. The Gas Roadblock 8
  9. 9. 9 Source: Energy Information Administration
  10. 10. Some Critical Next Steps to  Decarbonization in Massachusetts 1. Prevent massive new natural gas infrastructure 2. Force our utilities to invest in large‐scale low‐ or no‐ carbon energy 3. Citizens continue to make the switch to clean  energy and increase energy efficiency at home 10
  11. 11. 11 Caitlin Peale Sloan Staff Attorney Conservation Law Foundation