Policy Positions

The following legislative priorities were developed collaboratively among supporting organizations in the interest of facilitating clean energy development, maximizing local jobs and economic growth through the transition to a clean economy, addressing the urgent issue of climate change, protecting public health, ensuring equitable outcomes for low income, working class communities and communities of color, and encouraging innovation. The Commonwealth must take swift action to address these imperatives as soon as possible in 2019.

HIGH PRIORITY

Transportation Climate Policy and Equitable Clean Transportation Investment – Implement the regional approach to transportation climate policy under discussion (Transportation and Climate Initiative) in a timely manner, with proceeds to be invested to reduce transportation emissions, provide access to clean transportation for all, including communities with the least access to clean, reliable mobility options, through an inclusive process in the Commonwealth

A Modern, Clean, and Resilient Grid – Provide for a future with widespread local energy resources, including solar, storage, and demand response, with improvements to the timeliness and fairness of interconnection processes, smarter electricity rates, improved net metering, enhanced access for low and moderate income (LMI) customers, and increased stakeholder input

Stronger Long–Term Climate Protection Policies – Expand the greenhouse gas reduction requirements of the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner, commensurate with the latest science, by using planning, public policy, and funding to reach interim targets, maximizing energy efficiency, utilizing 100% clean or renewable energy, deploying energy storage and other innovative clean technologies, implementing natural climate solutions, and expanding carbon pricing to all sectors

Improved and Expanded Renewable Energy Procurement Mechanisms – Authorize additional state and regional procurements for offshore wind and other RPS Class I renewable energy resources, guard against conflicts of interest in project evaluation and selection, require climate benefits for all selected projects, enable new procurement mechanisms and funding sources to empower businesses and communities, and ensure that environmental impacts of electricity generation and transmission are appropriately avoided, minimized, and mitigated

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

Energy Efficiency – Ensure that appliances meet top efficiency standards, promote consumer education and building efficiency with home energy ratings, higher standards for large buildings, and a net zero stretch energy code, and improve implementation of statutes enacted in 2018

 

Clean and Efficient Heating – Encourage beneficial electrification of heating, including efficient electric heat pumps, direct thermal renewables and other clean advanced technologies, through market development and customer education to reduce emissions and avoid unnecessary investment in fossil fuel infrastructure, and, where appropriate, require non-fossil heating and cooling in new buildings

 

Electric Vehicles – Facilitate beneficial electrification of transportation and eliminate barriers to ownership and mobility choice for all consumers by promoting zero emission fleets and transit, providing for sustained funding for consumer rebate programs and income-qualified incentives, increasing access to new charging stations, and integrating EVs into utility planning and smarter rates