"A market-based framework is needed to provide a clear signal to the electricity market to improve upon the cleaner energy portfolios of the last few years. One approach to be considered is a CPS [Clean Energy Performance Standard], which would require electricity suppliers to favor lower- and no-emissions sources in the mix of electricity delivered to their customers."
- Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020 file size 1MB, p. ES-10
Consistent with the Clean Energy and Climate Plan, and its requirement that Massachusetts achieve an 80 percent reduction in GHG emissions by 2050, MassDEP intends to implement a Clean Energy Standard (CES). A CES would provide a long-term incentive to deliver increasing amounts of clean electricity to consumers in Massachusetts, and thereby move the state toward a stable and reliable energy system.
MassDEP has postponed the hearings and comment period on the proposed Clean Energy Standard rule until it has completed the reviews required under Executive Order 562. A new schedule will be published when that review is completed.
- Fact Sheet: Proposed MassDEP Clean Energy Standard
- 310 CMR 7.75: Proposed Clean Energy Standard (CES)
- 310 CMR 7.75: Technical Support Document
- Invitation to Stakeholder Meeting
MassDEP held a session in Boston in October 2014 to discuss options for implementing a CES.
- Stakeholder Meeting Presentation
Slides from the October 2014 meeting in Boston.
- Discussion Draft Regulation
Provided to facilitate stakeholder input on all aspects of a CES. This is not a proposed regulation.
- Comments Received on the Discussion Draft Regulation file size 5MB
MassDEP accepted comments through mid November 2014.
- Report: A Clean Energy Standard for Massachusetts file size 2MBPrepared for the state's energy and environmental agencies by Synapse Energy Economics in 2013.
- GHG Reporting Technical Support Document - 2009
Includes an explanation of MassDEP GHG reporting requirements relevant to the CES.