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Good news: today the Massachusetts legislature passed "An Act driving clean energy and offshore wind." This climate legislation includes eliminating renewable energy subsidies for wood-burning power plants.
THANK YOU to all of the NGOs and grassroots groups that have been tirelessly advocating for state climate legislation, to everyone who took the time to send emails and make phone calls about the bill, and to the elected officials who pushed the bill across the finish line. ... See MoreSee Less
📣 End of the state legislative session action alert:
With just 3 days left for a veto-proof bill, we need to urge state legislators to pass a Massachusetts climate bill! Please ask the Senate-House conference committee to include Climate Action Now’s top four priorities in the climate bill:
1. Remove subsidies for burning woody biomass from all of Massachusetts’ renewable energy programs;
2. Include offshore wind development and grid modernization (essential to bringing wind power on shore)
3. Starting with the demonstration project for ten communities, require all electric construction in new buildings and large renovations; and,
4. Require the Department of Energy Resources to develop new guidance on siting of solar projects.
For detailed instructions including which legislators to contact, their contact information, and a script go here:
Check the graphics for the full list of this week's #westernmassclimatehub events and actions.
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Honored to be invited to join Senate colleagues for the announcement of An Act Driving Climate Policy Forward, the Senate's 2022 Climate bill.
Grateful to the Senate President, Chair Rodrigues, and Senators Creem and Barrett for their leadership.
This legislation builds on the gains made by the bill passed last session mandating a net zero Commonwealth by 2050 and incorporates a bill I filed with Rep. Natalie Blais to restructure the so-called single parcel rule which has prevented separate entities on the same tax parcel from benefitting from net metering gains.
Among other gains, the bill:
**Creates a $100M Clean Energy Investment Fund to be used to support the clean energy industry
**Supports the advancement of solar power by eliminating the so-called “donut hole” for on-site solar energy net metering, allowing for Class I solar systems up to 25kW to be exempt from the cap, requiring DOER to make recommendations for a successor to the current SMART program
**Puts more electric vehicles on the road
**Creates an Electric Vehicle Adoption Incentive Trust fund at $100 Million to be used by DOER for an EV incentive program
**Increases by $1,000 (to $3,500) the rebate for qualifying purchases and leases of zero-emission passenger cars and light duty trucks and costing $50,000 or less
**Requires new vehicle sales to be ZEVs starting in 2035
**Allows all electric building construction as a local option
**Ends incentives for fossil fuel infrastructure in market-rate residential, except for hybrid systems, starting in 3-year Mass Save plan for 2025-2027
**Removes biomass as a renewable energy generating source or an alternative energy generating source under Massachusetts law, other than already-qualified biomass facilities
H/t Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley, MA, Climate Action Now MA and more! ... See MoreSee Less
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Stop the Money Pipeline protest and info sharing event.
Northampton April 2 2022
TD Bank of America Chase Citibank US Wells Fargo
If you bank with one of the top fossil fuel funders, sign the pledge here to tell the banks that you will close your account if they do not stop funding by the end of this year.
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