Guide DOER Divisions and Services

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) mission is to develop and implement policies and programs aimed at ensuring the adequacy, security, diversity, and cost-effectiveness of the Commonwealth's energy supply to create a clean, affordable and resilient energy future for all residents, businesses, communities, and institutions.

This Guide describes DOER's Divisions, programs, initiatives, and policies designed to meet our mission.

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About DOER

Divisions

More than 70% of Mass. residents currently live in a Green Community

Emerging Technology: learn about new technologies related to energy storage, community clean energy resiliency, and alternative transportation

Energy Efficiency: learn about the state's nation leading energy efficiency programs and initiatives. 

Energy Policy Planning & Analysis:  find Mass. energy data, home and auto fuel prices, customer migration data and more.

Green Communities: provides grants and technical support to local communities for energy saving and clean energy measures. 

Renewable Energy: find information on renewable energy programs and incentives including: solar, wind, clean cooling and heating. 

Programs, Initiatives & Regulatory Measures

Programs

Leading by Example: encourages state agencies and public colleges and universities to adopt new practices to reduce their impact on the environment, particularly climate change. 

Massachusetts Clean Cities: works with other agencies and stakeholders to make alternative fuel vehicles and related infrastructure a viable option in Massachusetts.

Green Communities Designation & Grant Program: assists municipalities with becoming a Green Community to qualify for grants and technical assistance.   

Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART): A long-term, sustainable solar incentive program to promote cost-effective solar development in the Commonwealth

MOR-EV: program that issues rebates to electric vehicle drivers. Purchase or lease an eligible electric vehicle and apply for your rebate today.

Initiatives

Energy Storage Initiative:  aims to make Massachusetts a national leader in the emerging energy storage market.

Home Energy Market Value Performance (Home MVP) Pilot: new initiative working with a select group of home improvement contractors to provide incentives for comprehensive home energy improvements.

Clean Heating & Cooling:  learn about new clean energy technology and programs for heating and cooling your home and business. 

Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative: grant program that helps cities and towns use clean energy technologies to protect citizens from service interruption caused by severe weather due to climate change.

Zero Net Energy Buildings:  initiative designed to assist with a transition to the next generation of high-performance buildings

 

 

Regulatory Measures

Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS): Massachusetts' RPS was one of the first programs in the nation that required a certain percentage of the state's electricity to come from renewable energy.

Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (APS): established to complement the RPS Program, providing requirements and incentives for alternative electricity technologies.

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI): a cooperative effort by Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States to reduce CO2 emissions from large fossil-fueled power plants. RGGI is a regulatory program that uses market incentives to combat climate change.

Energy Management Services (EMS): an alternative public procurement method for municipalities; used to purchase energy conservation measures, energy efficiency and water conservation measures and onsite energy generation.

Key Actions for Programs, Initiatives & Regulatory Measures

Energy Data, Social Media & More

Energy Data

The Mass. Energy Data section of DOER's website highlights data used by DOER and others to determine how the state uses energy and how much progress we are making in reaching our clean energy goals. 

Among the Data & Information linked there are:

Additional data about electric & natural gas markets, greenhouse gas emissions, the electric grid, and more is also available.  

Social Media

DOER has several social media accounts that you can use to follow our work and the state's on energy issues.  DOER operates or has content on the following accounts:

Related Agencies

DOER works closely with numerous state and federal agencies developing and implementing clean energy policy for the state.  Among these agencies are:

  • Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs: DOER's Secretariat seeks to protect, preserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s environmental resources while ensuring a clean energy future for the state’s residents.
  • Mass. Clean Energy Center: manages the Renewable Energy Trust fund for the state
  • Dept. of Environmental Protection: responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.
  • Dept of Public Utilities: oversees investor-owned electric power, natural gas, and water companies in Massachusetts. DPU also oversee the safety of natural gas pipelines

 

 

Key Actions for Energy Data, Social Media & More

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