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Several Massachusetts Mayors Endorse Move To All Renewable Energy

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A group of ten mayors in Massachusetts have announced support for an ambitious initiative to fully transition the state to renewable sources of energy.

The coalition “Mayors for 100 percent Renewable Energy” has five co-chairs, including Easthampton Mayor Nicole LaChapelle.

They’ve signed a statement pledging support for an energy bill being pushed on Beacon Hill by several environmental groups.  It commits Massachusetts to completely transition to renewable energy sources for electricity, heating, and transportation by 2045.

The mayors will be reaching out to their colleagues to invite them to sign on.

For more about the initiative and the new support for it, WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Ben Hellerstein, state director of Environment Massachusetts.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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