This plan focuses on actions that promote and develop clean energy generation in the region that increases the local circulation of profits generated from proposed developments to support a regional clean energy economy—creating many new local businesses and employment opportunities. The goals of the Pioneer Valley Clean Energy Plan were developed through a participatory planning process overseen by a group of clean energy experts. They were set within the context of existing state, federal and international clean energy plans and policies.
- Goal One: Reduce our region’s energy consumption to 2000 levels by the end of 2009 and reduce that by 15 percent between 2010-2020.
- Goal Two: Site sufficient new capacity to generate 214 million kilowatt hours of clean energy annually in the Pioneer Valley by the end of 2009 and another 440 million kilowatt hours per year by 2020.
- Goal Three: Reduce our region’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent below year 2000 levels by 2050.
- Goal Four: Create local jobs in the clean energy sector.