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Massachusetts Governor Introduces Long-Term Energy Plan; Focus on Conservation and Renewables, Including Biofuels

12 August 2006

Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney on Friday outlined a long-term energy plan that seeks to better manage the energy needs of the state, which faces billions of dollars in new federally mandated energy surcharges, potential issues with energy reliability at extremely hot and cold times of the year and a small and slow-growing renewable energy sector.

Romney said the four steps necessary to take control include becoming more energy efficient, diversifying and increasing the energy supply, fixing the inadequate energy infrastructure and leading the nation in developing advanced energy technologies.

First, to become more energy efficient, the Governor proposes to create new electricity energy efficiency programs for homes and business as well as implement new electricity rates that encourage energy efficiency at peak times. He will also issue directives requiring energy efficiency measures for current and future state buildings. Romney supports state tax incentives for the purchase of fuel efficient vehicles, a measure currently pending in the legislature.

Second, Romney supports diversifying and increasing the energy supply through renewable wood, hydro and wind power developments as well as the use of biofuels in state vehicles and buildings.

Third, the Governor proposes a reduction of utility rates on companies that install their own clean, on-site power generation capabilities.

Finally, Romney advocates an expansion of the emerging energy technology sector and energy research in the state’s research universities. The Governor proposes creating new partnerships between business and universities to speed the commercialization of these technologies to create new jobs in the advanced energy marketplace.

The Governor has instructed several agencies, including the Executive Office of Economic Development and Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, to begin implementing these steps.

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___Generating closer to the customer is the way to go. That way, you do not have to transmit it over high voltage lines, hundreds/thousands of miles. Scale of economy is another consideration. Perhaps a pilot multi-GwH combine cycle (gas and steam turbine, with heat/steam/hot water cogeneration) is an attractive option. Improving efficiency in those office towers is a must.

As a Mass resident very involved in green energy, here's the low down:

1. Romney is against RGGE, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, that would unite NY, ME, NH, VT, ME, MA, CT, RI, and a Canadian province or two to begin carbon trading, etc. It's a good plan, everyone else (almost, IIRC) has signed on, and Romney yanked Massachusetts out at the last minute.

2. "Second, Romney supports diversifying and increasing the energy supply through renewable wood, hydro and wind power developments as well as the use of biofuels in state vehicles and buildings."

Except Cape Wind, an offshore wind farm proposed that would supply 3% of MA electricity. 3% doesn't sound like much, but for a single renewable energy project, that's a whole lot of juice. Cape Wind has the permits and approval, and yet Romney (and certainly not the only person) is fighting to derail it.


The plan is a solid plan, and it sure looks good on paper. The problem is, it requires both an executive branch (guv) and legislative branch (state congress) to really work with it, not try to use it to their district or personal advantage at the expense of the overall vision.

Unfortunately, Romney doesn't have that vision to do the job right. Fortunately, his term ends this coming January, and he's not running for reelection since he wants to run for POTUS, and there's a good chance he'll be replaced by Deval Patrick or chris Gabrielli, both of whom are sure to be more considerate of green energy than Romney has been.

I agree. I think Mitt Romney's tireless opposition to the Cape Wind project shows his true colors. That project -- since the planning, engineering and most of the permitting have already been done -- is the single biggest and quickest move to renewable power that the state can undertake. And Romney is committed to killing it.

Conservation is good, and things like peak prices should have been more widely implemented years ago, but his current proposal is not much more than a fig leaf for his delayed action and his inaction.

I think the Massachusetts voters need to elect a new governor this coming January. Governor Romney has consistently shown opposition to wind power development. He was against the Nantucket wind farm and also for another offshore proposal. Why is he now saying that he is supporting wind energy development?

Massachusetts is in dire need of additional energy resources. New York will not be the only state having blackouts. Massachusetts has nearly reached the limits where electrical demand exceeds supply.

Governor Romney should well consider stepping down from office and allowing a person with more concern for future energy needs of Massachusetts take his place. To do otherwise would be hypocritical.

I agree with Stomy. Governor Romney does not have the vision to do the job right.

adrianakau@aol.com

Another political whim by Mitt. I remember serving the Lt. Governor at a party as a waiter. She was with the Attor. General and other ranking officials giving a speach. I asked her and the other delegates at the table of honor why we are going to war for oil, while we pay and mandate that farmers keep their farms by the conneticut river undeveloped but don't then use them for biofuel. I recieved a 'that's a good question?'. I also asked why our boys have to kill and die overseas while people try to block Cape Wind! I only saw afraid faces!!

Another political whim by Mitt. I remember serving the Lt. Governor at a party as a waiter. She was with the Attor. General and other ranking officials giving a speach. I asked her and the other delegates at the table of honor why we are going to war for oil, while we pay and mandate that farmers keep their farms by the conneticut river undeveloped but don't then use them for biofuel. I recieved a 'that's a good question?'. I also asked why our boys have to kill and die overseas while people try to block Cape Wind! I only saw afraid faces!!

Another political whim by Mitt. I remember serving the Lt. Governor at a party as a waiter. She was with the Attor. General and other ranking officials giving a speach. I asked her and the other delegates at the table of honor why we are going to war for oil, while we pay and mandate that farmers keep their farms by the conneticut river undeveloped but don't then use them for biofuel. I recieved a 'that's a good question?'. I also asked why our boys have to kill and die overseas while people try to block Cape Wind! I only saw afraid faces!!

Andy,
Politicians are often afraid of smart savy and sensible working class people. They can wave the populist/green gauntlet all they want, but when you confront them with choices that will inconvenience them, they will stonewall all they can.

As a Massachusetts environmentalist, I observe Mitt as a duplicitous, anti-environmentalist. His energy plan is only posturing for a run for President. How can he claim to support the environment and work to stop Cape Wind, which is one of the most promising green projects in the country? He's another heartless member of the religious (mormon) right who made his millions buying businesses and then putting many people out of work. In addition, Mitt is insincere and not very bright. Once at a party, he introduced himself to me three times! He shook my hand and smiled every time as though it was the first time. It was the best entertainment I had had at a party in a long time.

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