Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr.
Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
As I take the helm at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, I can’t help but be impressed with what the Patrick-Murray administration accomplished in clean energy during the Governor’s first term. Highlights include brokering and putting into action the biggest energy efficiency program in the country, developing renewable energy incentive programs that yielded a 20-fold increase in solar installations (and nearly tripled the jobs in solar manufacturing and installation) and a more than 10-fold increase in onshore wind energy, presiding over the environmental review and permitting of the nation’s first offshore wind farm, and setting the strongest enforceable greenhouse gas limit in the US and producing a plan to reach that goal that will further grow our burgeoning clean energy sector.
Going forward, I see my responsibility as advancing Governor Patrick’s ambitious clean energy agenda further – moving Massachusetts toward his goals of 250 megawatts (MW) of solar power installed by 2017 and 2,000 MW of wind power by 2020. While I am Secretary, our three-year energy efficiency plans will have fully invested $2 billion in efficiency measures, and those programs will start to deliver savings of over $6 billion to Massachusetts electricity and natural gas customers. We will have in place new Renewable Portfolio Standard regulations to ensure the sustainability and positive greenhouse gas impact of technologies that are allowed to earn Renewable Energy Credits, and we will engage with the federal government, coastal communities, and wind power developers to begin the process of leasing for wind development areas in federal waters off our shores. In short, Massachusetts will continue to cement its place as the country’s clean energy leader.
It’s going to be an exciting time, and I thank Governor Patrick for the opportunity to steer the Commonwealth through it. I urge you to continuing reading this blog for updates on our projects and programs, and hope that you’ll comment on how we’re doing.
Happy New Year!
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