To the editor:
Who doesn't love beating New York? ("In clean energy race, credit agency deems Bay State a better bet than New York," Eagle, April 18). It feels good even when pinstripes aren't involved.
Moody's Investors Services delivered some encouraging news to Massachusetts last week in announcing that our progress in the clean energy sector is outpacing that of New York. A growing clean energy sector not only helps us tackle climate change, it creates economic growth for the commonwealth.
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center reported that in 2016 alone, the clean energy sector accounted for 12,335 jobs in Western Massachusetts, with 1,014 clean energy employers, an increase over 2015 numbers. Moody's made clear that while we're besting our friendly rivals, we're leaving potential growth on the table. It pointed out that Massachusetts utilities would benefit from investing further in renewable energy programs.
With the positive results that the state has already seen from the clean energy sector, the prospect of additional opportunities for growth should be the low-hanging fruit of our economy. Expanding the commonwealth's clean energy industry means jobs, revenue, and continued bragging rights that extend well beyond Fenway Park.
The writer is program director, The Alliance for Business Leadership.