June 05, 2020 Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Maura Healey yesterday filed a petition with the
Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Maura Healey yesterday filed a petition with the Dept of Public Utilities to open an investigation into the future of the natural gas industry. While the commonwealth uses the fuel for winter heating and other purposes, it has a goal to move away from fossil fuels altogether by 2050.
“In order to combat the climate crisis and meet our clean energy goals, we must transition away from fossil fuels and change the way gas utilities do business in our state,” Healey said. “We want the DPU to take a close look at the future of the natural gas industry in Massachusetts and make the policy and structural changes we need to ensure a clean energy future that is safe, reliable, and fair.”
Massachusetts’ heating sector has to make sizeable cuts in its use of fossil fuels to achieve the state’s mandated GHG targets, the petition noted. Ensuring that the gas utilities’ current and planned business and operating practices are consistent with the commonwealth’s 2050 emission reduction mandate and interim targets requires more from the local distribution companies (LDCs) than…