The following is a press release from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office submitted to SOURCE media.
BOSTON – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey today, October 28, led a coalition of 11 attorneys general in calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to recognize and consider the states’ shared priority of transitioning to a cleaner energy system and to adopt policies and take actions that aid in that effort.
“Massachusetts is helping lead the country’s transition to clean energy with an $11 billion economy that employs more than 100,000 people,” said Attorney General Healey. “It’s critical that FERC work with states like ours to ensure we are building on these investments that protect our planet for future generations.”
In a letter sent to FERC Commissioners today, the coalition asserts that the states have adopted important policies to address the massive health, economic, and environmental harms caused by the climate crisis.
These policies not only require reductions in climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions, but will also enhance electric grid reliability and security, lower costs, improve air quality, and assist markets in maintaining adequate resources at just and reasonable rates.
As the letter notes, however, FERC’s actions and decisions can significantly impact the states’ abilities to meet their climate and clean energy goals.
Joining AG Healey in sending today’s letter are the attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, as well as the District of Columbia.
“Decisions made today will shape the electricity system for decades to come,” the coalition writes. “Now, more than ever, it is essential for the states and the Commission to work together to ensure that the Commission’s actions advance, not impede, state policies and prerogatives.”
The attorneys general specifically call on FERC to consider:
- Promoting market design choices that appropriately recognize the rights of states under federal law to grow their clean energy resources;
- Assisting states in procuring the lowest-cost options for meeting electricity needs by eliminating barriers to competition for renewable energy generators, energy storage, energy efficiency, demand response, and other innovative clean energy technologies;
- Comprehensively assessing the associated climate impacts and all reasonable clean energy alternatives when evaluating proposed new fossil fuel infrastructure;
- Exercising its oversight authority to ensure that the operators of regional electric grids and other regulated entities are fostering participation, transparency, independence and responsiveness to states, consumers, and other stakeholders.
Healey is committed to ensuring access to clean electricity at reasonable prices for all Massachusetts ratepayers and working with other state attorneys general to advocate for renewable energy and combat climate change.