Energy chief says net-zero carbon goal under review

by Matt Murphy

(SHNS) – Energy Secretary Kathleen Theoharides said Tuesday that the Baker administration is exploring more aggressive carbon reduction targets for Massachusetts, including what it would take to go net-zero by 2050, but would not commit to lawmakers to speeding up the state’s emission reduction goals.

Theoharides testified before the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy to update legislators on the administration’s “deep decarbonization analysis” that began this spring. The administration is working to identify the strategies and policies that will be necessary to meet its current requirement of an 80 percent reduction in emissions below 1990 levels by 2050.

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