Legislative Priorities

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Legislative Priorities for 2023-24

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Buildings
  • Policy Priorities
    • Manage and fund retrofits to existing residential buildings to meet climate goals through Mass Save reform and funding (Preparing a position paper on Mass Save reform)
  • Highest Priority Bills
    • An Act relative to the future of clean heat in the commonwealth (S.2105/H3203). Provides a comprehensive plan to transition off gas
    • An Act establishing a zero carbon renovation fund (H3232/S.2365). Calls for $300 million to fund building retrofits.
Energy
  • Policy Priorities
    • Effectively meet projected electric supply and emissions targets for 2030
      • Streamline siting of electric infrastructure and generation while ensuring equity. Update grid governance and markets to support high penetration of renewables. Ensure electricity is affordable and clean
      • Prohibit new gas pipeline infrastructure
  • Highest Priority Bills
    • An Act to promote solar energy development consistent with the commonwealth’s 2050 next generation road map (H.3205).
      Sets targets for each type of solar development and aligns incentives with targets.
    • An Act establishing a moratorium on new gas system expansion (H.3238, S.2135).
      Calls for no new major gas infrastructure.
Funding
  • Policy Priorities
    • Improve access to funding for energy efficiency and decarbonization projects. Gov. Healey announced a Community climate bank in June 2023, to focus on funding clean energy projects in affordable housing. This is a great first step and positions the state to apply for Federal funding under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.
  • Highest Priority Bills
    • An Act creating a climate bank in Massachusetts (H.3774/S.675)
      Establishes and provides seed money for a bank offering loans for climate projects; the bank attracts private capital which expands the reach of climate bank programs. The bill proposes a broad array of projects that could be funded: all innovations, or uses of technologies, services, and solutions, or innovative financing to address climate resiliency, mitigate greenhouse gas emissions or support clean energy.
Natural Solutions
  • Policy Priorities
    • Support tree planting and preservation in cities and towns
    • Protect and preserve forests on public lands
  • Highest Priority Bills
    • An Act Relative to Forest Protection (HD.4430)
      Would designate all DCR lands as parks or reserves and effectively eliminate logging on state lands
    • An Act establishing the municipal reforestation program (H.869/S.452)
      Establishes an urban forestry council that provides technical assistance and funding to municipalities to plant and preserve trees in high heat areas.
Transportation
  • Policy Priorities
    • Jump-start Transit Electrification
      Set targets for electrifying trains, buses, ferries, and public and private fleets.
  • Highest Priority Bills
    • Act Electrifying Regional Transit Authorities (H.3366/S.2285)
      Supports electrification of public buses throughout MAAn Act Setting Deadlines to Electrify School Buses, Public Fleets and Establishing Programs to Encourage Private Fleet Electrification (H.3139/S.2218)
      Requires electrification of school buses and state/municipal vehicles by a date certain
Environmental Justice
  • Policy Priorities
    • Support environmental justice communities and initiatives
  • Highest Priority Bills
    • An Act relative to energy facilities siting improvement to address environmental justice, climate, and public health (H.3187/S.2113)
      Gives EJ communities a voice in siting energy facilities.
    • An Act to improve outdoor and indoor air quality for communities burdened by pollution (H.2131/S.1382)
      Develops a plan for monitoring and mitigating air pollution in hot spots near highways and in high risk buildings with input from EJ communities..

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