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"The pledges put on the table to date do not put us on track to meet that goal and will make it very difficult for us politically and technically beyond 2020 to meet that target," said Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists.
The United States, in a submission last Thursday, repeated President Obama's promise to cut emissions "in the range of" 17 percent by 2020 compared with 2005 levels — but only if Congress enacts legislation that meets that goal, a far-from-certain prospect.
"We started out cynical, and we've done expert diligence," Mr. Bernbaum said. "We think Better Place is going to work."
He added that the venture was "one of the largest, and the most important and significant financial equity investments we've made."
The plan calls for a statewide reduction of 2.4 percent in electricity use and 1.15 percent in natural gas use annually for three years. The reductions were mandated by the Green Communities Act, passed by the state Legislature in 2008. But the bill did not specify the reduction goals or how they were to be reached. The state Department of Public Utilities approved the plan late Thursday.
"The Green Communities Act established energy efficiency as the Commonwealth's 'first fuel' — what we look to first to power our homes and our economy," Ian Bowles, the state's secretary for energy and environmental affairs, said in a written statement. "We are off and running, pulling out all the stops to cut energy waste, save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in buildings across Massachusetts."
February 1, 2010
Climate change can increase demand for US forces, requiring adaptation in our own facilities. DOD's enormous demand for energy makes it vulnerable to disruption of energy flow and price fluctuations. For this reason, DOD aims to be a leader in improving sustainability, efficiency, increasing renewable energy supplies and reducing energy demand.