BOSTON – On May 16, 2019, the Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC) awarded State Representative Jennifer Benson and former Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Matthew Beaton their prestigious Clean Energy Champion awards.
“Representative Benson and Secretary Beaton are true champions for the clean energy economy,” said Peter Rothstein, President of NECEC. “Thanks to their leadership, Massachusetts has established itself as a global leader in clean energy, creating a vibrant sector of our economy while also saving money for energy consumers and addressing the challenges of climate change.”
Representative Benson is recognized for her sponsorship of multiple bills in the legislature designed to grow the clean energy economy, update our infrastructure and accelerate the adoption of clean vehicles. Of note for the current session, she is sponsoring several important bills including An Act to Promote Green Infrastructure & Reduce Carbon Emissions, An Act Promoting Local Energy Investment and Infrastructure Modernization, and An Act to Increase the Use of Zero Emission Vehicles in the Commonwealth.
In his tenure as Secretary, Matthew Beaton helped to lead the largest clean energy procurements of hydropower and offshore wind in state history. Under his leadership, Massachusetts led the country as the most energy efficient state, including nation-leading goals for energy savings, investing over $220 million in grid modernization technologies, and over $60 million in funding through the Green Communities program.