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Commission says Massachusetts will need to offer incentives to convert buildings to cleaner heating technology

Paul Tuthill
Office buildings in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts

Two million residential and commercial buildings currently use fossil fuels for heat

Most buildings in Massachusetts are heated using fossil fuels -- oil, natural gas, or propane.

That is going to have to change dramatically in order for Massachusetts to reach a legal requirement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 50 percent by 2030.

A commission that spent 11 months looking at how the state can accelerate the decarbonization of residential and commercial buildings issued its final report earlier this month.

It recommended the state establish a “clean heat standard” to incentivize the switch to cleaner heating technology.

Kim Robinson, the executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, served on the Commission on Clean Heat. She spoke with WAMC’s Paul Tuthill.

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.