New England’s Bright Clean Energy Future
There has perhaps never been a more exciting time to work in clean energy in New England. Our home state of Rhode Island is already a leader in the integration of renewables on to the grid, with Governor Raimondo driving an energy agenda that will prepare the state, and its electric grid, for a clean energy future. With ambitious initiatives like 1,000 by ’20 – a strategic goal to increase the amount of clean energy in the state by 10 times by the end of 2020 – Rhode Island has established itself as a national leader in the integration of renewables.
Now, with new governors preparing to take charge across New England and Governor Raimondo ready to take the reins at the Democratic Governors Association, the future looks bright for clean energy in the region.
Incoming governors have already set ambitious targets to meet:
- In Connecticut, Governor-elect Ned Lamont campaigned on a statewide reduction in carbon emissions from current levels of 35 percent by 2030, 70 percent by 2040, and a carbon neutral Connecticut by 2050.
- In Maine, Governor-elect Janet Mills has promised to make Maine a “national leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy” – aiming to reduce climate pollution 80 percent by 2030 by focusing on decentralized energy production and widespread solarization.
All of this advancement will require a grid that is up to the task. As Governor-elect Lamont recognized, a key part of this journey will be to “leverage new technologies and improve current transmission and distribution systems.”
At Utilidata, we’re excited to be part of this exciting New England landscape, and are looking forward to working across the region to prepare the grid for the introduction of new clean sources of power.