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  MBR Energy Principles 2016
  Energy Whitepaper 2015
   
  NEWS
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  Roundtable Joins Deepwater Wind, Environmentalists for Offshore Wind Farm Tour
  Roundtable Testifies before Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy on Internet Privacy Legislation
  Roundtable Member Companies Lead Offshore Wind Energy Supply Chain Forum
  Roundtable Advocates for Member-Driven Principles in Energy Legislation
  MBR Adopts “Balanced Approach” to Building Reliable, Affordable & Sustainable Energy Future
  ViewPoint: State needs balanced approach on energy, BBJ Op-Ed
  Roundtable Advocates for Sustainability, Competition & Reduced Costs for Employers in Energy Legislation
  Escalating Energy Cost is Real Problem, Needs Real Solutions
  MBR Board Meeting Features Conversation with Energy Secretary Matthew Beaton
   

Energy
The Massachusetts Business Roundtable supports public policy and regulatory efforts that provide reliable, sustainable, affordable energy resources for consumers and businesses enabling the state to meet the needs of a growing economy and the goals of the Global Warming Solutions Act, and address climate change, in the most cost-effective way possible. To achieve this goal, the Roundtable supports a balanced, competitive, regional approach that includes renewable energy sources, natural gas, efficiency programs, and innovative on-site distributed generation solutions, guided by the following principles:

  • Pursue a Balanced Approach. A balanced public policy approach to meet the Global Warming Solutions Act targets in 2020 and 2050 and promote long term economic development must include: growth in renewable energy sources; increased supply of natural gas; continued focus on energy efficiency; and promoting new technologies that deliver innovative on-site distributed generation and storage solutions.
  • Support Cost Competitive Solutions. Public policy solutions must prioritize steps that improve the competitiveness of the region’s energy costs and ensure a transparent, competitive marketplace across all sources of energy being generated, transmitted and distributed throughout the region. The Commonwealth must balance costs to ratepayers and environmental goals to promote economic growth and sustainability while meeting Global Warming Solutions Act targets and maximize the impact of competitive forces to ensure the most cost effective outcomes for businesses and consumers.
  • Foster Innovation and Technology. Technology and innovation will continue to change where and how energy is produced, stored, delivered and consumed. Public policy must consider—and foster an environment conducive to—technological advancement and incorporating innovative solutions now and into the future.
  • Increase Capacity and Reliability. The region must have adequate capacity to access competitively priced energy resources—including natural gas and clean, cost-effective renewable sources of energy—to control costs and enhance reliability. Businesses across the Commonwealth require reliable, uninterrupted access to energy resources to compete locally and in the global economy. With increased vulnerabilities to our electric grid from cyberattacks, natural disasters, or other disruptions, a focus on the security and diversity of the grid is essential to economic growth.
  • Collaborate Regionally. Regional problems demand regional solutions. Massachusetts must work effectively with partners in the New England region to strengthen the reliability, diversity and consistent supply of energy, while modernizing aging infrastructure serving the region.

Policy Priorities

  • Renewable Procurement Law Implementation. Advocate for balanced approach in the implementation of the state’s new renewable energy procurement law, focusing simultaneously on cost competitiveness, promoting new technology and innovation, and climate change.
  • Federal Policy Changes. Monitor changes in federal energy policy, particularly with renewable energy and natural gas, for impacts on Massachusetts’ consumers, public policy and economy.
 

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