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.
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.