Utility raises concerns on emission targets

Eversource official calls MA an outlier in the region

A TOP OFFICIAL WITH EVERSOURCE ENERGY said on Wednesday that Massachusetts was in danger of not meeting its carbon emission reduction targets for 2020.

In a conference call with financial analysts, Lee Olivier, an executive vice president with Eversource, said all of the New England states except for Massachusetts are on track to meet their near-term emissions goals. “Massachusetts would be the outlier,” he said.

Under the Global Warming Solutions Act, Massachusetts is required to reduce emissions 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. Olivier said Massachusetts will have more problems than other New England states in meeting its near-term goal.

“Massachusetts has more of a gap, particularly as you have the retirement of Pilgrim, which is coming up in 2019,” he said.

Olivier said all of the New England states have a lot of work to do if they are to meet the 2050 emissions targets.

The Baker administration has said the state is on track to meet its carbon emission goals. As of 2013, the state had reduced emissions by 19.7 percent from 1990 levels, leaving a 5.3 percentage point gap to achieve by 2020.

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Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

Peter Lorenz, a spokesman for the governor’s energy and environmental affairs office, issued a statement saying the administration is making progress toward reaching its greenhouse gas reduction goals.