Political Notebook, June 22, 2018: Edwards in favor of Omnibus Energy Bill

  • Jonathan Edwards, candidate for 1st Franklin Seat, at Meet and Greet at First Congregational Church in Sunderland, April 13, 2018. Recorder Staff/Dan Desrochers

Published: 6/21/2018 11:42:59 PM

Jonathan Edwards, 1st Franklin state representative district candidate, said this week he would strongly favor the House of Representatives to pass the Omnibus Energy Bill that passed unanimously in the Senate recently.

The Whately selectman, one of eight Democrats in the Sept. 4 primary seeking the seat being vacated by Rep. Stephen Kulik, said he encourages the House to “quickly follow the lead of the Senate and pass this bill so that Massachusetts can maintain its leadership role with clean energy and energy efficiency.”

“If this remains unpassed in January of 2019 and I am the elected representative from the 1st Franklin District, I will make it one of my top priorities to work with my new colleagues to make this bill a reality,” said Edwards, citing several parts of the Senate bill “that would make for strong public policy in our battle against climate change and the ongoing work to create a stronger economy across our region.”

These include establishing a carbon pricing program to help the state limit greenhouse gas emissions, tripling the renewable portfolio standard, doing away with the net metering cap for nongovernment solar net metering projects and requiring the state to establish an energy storage system target of 2,000 megawatts by 2025 and a wind energy generation target of up to 5,000 megawatts capacity by the end of 2035.

“With our leadership in advanced manufacturing, the incubation capacity of UMass Amherst and the resolute demand across this region to curb climate change, the 1st Franklin District and all of western Massachusetts can and should take advantage of this very strong Omnibus Bill,” he said, calling it “nothing short of strong economic and environmental policy all wrapped up in one piece of legislation.”


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