Hinds to bring Clean Energy Future Tour to Pittsfield
Pittsfield — Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, has announced that he will host a session of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Future Tour on Monday, June 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the K-111 lecture hall at Berkshire Community College.
The tour is a statewide committee initiative on clean energy, climate change and constituent engagement led by Senate President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco, D-Taunton, the founding chairman of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change. It consists of nine public, forum-based hearings in various communities across the Commonwealth to collect the thoughts and suggestions of constituents and stakeholders on clean energy and climate change issues.
Clean energy employs 105,212 workers across the Commonwealth, an increase of 75 percent, or 45,000 jobs, since 2010, according to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s annual Clean Energy Industry Report. Clean energy employment in Massachusetts grew 6 percent between 2015 and 2016. The clean energy sector has become an important part of the overall Massachusetts economy, contributing $11.8 billion in economic activity in 2015. Over the last six years, Massachusetts has taken first place among the 50 states in the energy efficiency sector. In the U.S. as a whole, clean energy jobs outnumber coal and gas jobs five to one.