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Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2025 and 2030

The Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2025 and 2030 (2025/2030 CECP) provides details on the actions the Commonwealth will undertake through the next decade to ensure the 2025 and 2030 emissions limits are met. The 2025/2030 CECP development is informed by the 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap such that the strategies, policies, and actions outlined in the 2025/2030 CECP will put the Commonwealth on a pathway to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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Development of the Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2025 and 2030

On March 26, 2021, Governor Baker signed into law An Act Creating A Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy, which requires the EEA Secretary to set interim emissions limit and sector-specific sublimits every 5 years. The 2030 emission limit shall be at least 50% emissions reduction below the 1990 baseline, and the 2040 emissions reduction shall be at least 75% emissions reduction below the 1990 level.  It also specifies July 1, 2022 as the deadline for the adoption of the 2025 emission limit and sublimits, the 2030 emission sublimits, as well as the release of a comprehensive plan to achieve those limits.  In compliance with the new law, EEA will develop and finalize a CECP for 2025 and 2030 by the deadline.  At the same time, the Administration is continuing implementation of the strategies, policies, and actions outlined in the Interim 2030 CECP.  Meeting our aggressive interim emissions reduction targets and achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050 requires that we press forward with policy implementation while continuing to plan.

Public Engagement

The necessary transformations to achieve Net Zero in 2050 touch lives across the Commonwealth, and the actions in the next decade are critical to ensure a least cost, strategic, and equitable transformation. To help ensure an equitable and strategic transition towards Net Zero, EEA worked with stakeholders across the Commonwealth to ensure that development of the 2025/2030 CECP is an inclusive policy planning effort. 

EEA has been convening the GWSA Implementation Advisory Committee (IAC) since 2012 as a primary public body for advising EEA on greenhouse gas reduction measures. The IAC has several Work Groups, including Climate Justice, Buildings, Natural and Working Lands, Transportation, and Electricity.  In 2019 and 2020, the IAC and associated Work Groups contributed policy recommendations and guiding principles towards the development of the 2030 CECP. The Climate Justice Work Group, in particular, provided a memo on February 26 2020 and on August 7 2020. These recommendations and principles, in addition to the policy evaluation criteria in the GWSA, were important considerations in the development of policies for the 2030 CECP. 

In addition to engagement with the IAC, EEA sought the public's feedback on the Interim 2030 CECP from January 7 to 5pm on March 22, 2021. EEA reviewed all submitted comments and summarized them at the GWSA  Implementation Advisory Committee meeting on April 12, 2021. 

As part of the development and finalization process for the 2025/2030 CECP, EEA is offering additional opportunities for stakeholders and members of the public to provide comments:

  • October 14 and 15, 2021: Public meetings on EEA's approach to complete the Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2025 and 2030. 
    • Meeting information is available in multiple languages here and on www.mass.gov/gwsa-meetings
    • The presentation slides are available in English.
    • The recording the Oct. 14 and Oct. 15 virtual meetings will also  be available in Español, Português, Kreyòl, Tiếng Việt, and 粵語.
  • This Winter: Public meetings and process around the proposed interim emissions reduction targets and carbon sequestration goals for 2025 and 2030 and the proposed plan to achieve those targets and goals.  Please sign up here to receive announcements about the upcoming meeting or about the 2025/2030 CECP generally.

Comments are also accepted at gwsa@mass.gov.

Below is a directory of public processes that inform the 2025/2030 CECP.  EEA will update this directory regularly as more information of new public processes become available.

Public Processes informing the Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2025 and 2030

Topic

Agency/Office

Public Meeting/Comment Period

More Information 

Environmental Justice Strategy in accordance with the Environmental Justice Policy (updated June 2021)

Environmental Justice

Early 2022

www.mass.gov/environmental-justice

Sign up to get Environmental Justice updates & notices: https://www.mass.gov/forms/get-environmental-justice-updates-notices

New regulations requiring Environmental Impact Report for projects within 1 mile of an Environmental Justice community

Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office

October 12 and 13, written public comment accepted until Oct. 20, 2021

www.mass.gov/mepa

Cumulative Impact Assessment in review of applications for certain air permits and approvals

Department of Environmental Protection

Usually the third/fourth Tuesday and Wednesday of each month

www.mass.gov/info-details/cumulative-impact-analysis-in-air-quality-permitting

Recommendations from the Commission on Clean Heat Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Dec. 2021 and March 2022: date/time to be determined

www.mass.gov/orgs/commission-on-clean-heat 

Sign up for updates on the Commission: www.mass.gov/forms/sign-up-for-updates-on-the-commission-on-clean-heat

Energy efficiency plans (Mass Save program) Department of Energy Resources, Department of Public Utilities The Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC) usually have meetings the third/fourth Wednesday of each month, with public comment opportunities

https://www.mass.gov/energy-efficiency-activities-of-utilities

Calendar of EEAC meetings: https://ma-eeac.org/latest-council-meetings-materials/

Revisions to the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (APS) Department of Energy Resources 2022: date/time to be determined

https://www.mass.gov/alternative-energy-portfolio-standard

Sign up to get updates & notices from DOER at https://www.mass.gov/forms/subscribe-to-doer-email-lists

Role of gas local distribution companies (DPU docket 20-80) Department of Public Utilities 2021-2022

https://thefutureofgas.com/

Information on the DPU proceeding (search for docket 20-80), including public comment opportunities: https://eeaonline.eea.state.ma.us/DPU/Fileroom

Electric vehicle incentives and charging Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs The Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Commission have upcoming meetings in Nov. 2021, Feb. 2022, May 2022, with public comment opportunities: date/time to be determined

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/zero-emission-vehicle-zev-commission

Email gwsa@mass.gov to be put on the ZEV Commission meeting listserv

EVSE proposals from utility companies (DPU dockets 21-90, 21-91, and 21-92) Department of Public Utilities Public comment period has ended but comments may be sent to hearing officers

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/electric-vehicle-charging

Information on the DPU proceedings (search for dockets 21-90, 21-91, and 21-92), including upcoming meetings: https://eeaonline.eea.state.ma.us/DPU/Fileroom

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Program Review Department of Energy Resources, Department of Environmental Protection 2021-2022 https://www.rggi.org/program-overview-and-design/program-review
Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Tariff (DPU docket 20-145) Department of Public Utilities Public comment period has ended but comments may be sent to hearing officers Information on the DPU proceeding (search for docket 20-145), including upcoming meetings: https://eeaonline.eea.state.ma.us/DPU/Fileroom
Electric grid modernization (DPU dockets 21-80, 21-81, 21-82) Department of Public Utilities Public comment period has ended but comments may be sent to hearing officers

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/grid-modernization

Information on the DPU proceedings (search for dockets 21-80, 21-81, 21-82), including upcoming meetings: https://eeaonline.eea.state.ma.us/DPU/Fileroom

Forest carbon goals and policies Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Nov. 2021 – Feb. 2022: date/time to be determined Sign up for updates and meeting notices: https://www.mass.gov/forms/forest-carbon-goals-and-policies-mailing-list
Specialized Stretch Energy Codes Department of Energy Resources Date/time to be determined soon  

 

Additional Resources

Interim Clean Energy and Climate Report for 2030

The Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) sets out a series of requirements for how the Commonwealth is to achieve emissions reductions by mid-century. One of the requirements is for the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) to set an emissions limit for 2030 and develop an implementation plan to achieve said limit.  In setting the limit, the Secretary of EEA is to both ensure that it maximizes the Commonwealth’s ability to meet the emissions limit for 2050 and consider the feasibility, cost-effectiveness, and enforceability of greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions measures, along with their co-benefits, for achieving said limit. 

To inform the setting of the 2030 emissions limit, the development of the 2030 CECP, and help the Commonwealth meet the ambitious Net Zero by 2050 emissions limit, EEA commissioned a large research effort analyzing pathways to cost effectively and equitably achieve net zero over the next 30 years.  EEA’s 2050 Roadmap study commenced in July of 2019, focusing on the necessary transformations in how we heat our buildings, power our vehicles, and generate and supply electricity to significantly reduce emissions.  The study also looked at other sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and assessed how much emissions our natural and working lands can potentially remove in 2050.  Additionally, the study analyzed the economic and health impacts of achieving net zero emissions. These findings have been published as part of the 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap report as well as several accompanying technical reports. Please visit www.mass.gov/2050Roadmap for more information and to access the full reports.

On December 30, 2020, Secretary Kathleen Theoharides set the 2030 emissions limit at 45% emissions reduction below the 1990 baseline, and released the Interim 2030 CECP for public comment.  The Interim 2030 CECP was built upon the Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020 (2020 CECP) published in 2010, as well as the Update to the 2020 CECP (Updated 2020 CECP) published in 2015.  The Interim 2030 CECP is available inEnglish;   Español;   中文;   Português;   Kreyòl ayisyen;   Tiếng Việt

EEA hosted two public webinars on the Interim 2030 CECP (details below). Comments given during the meeting were recorded and are being considered with the other public comments on the Interim 2030 CECP:

 

Additional Resources

Public Comments on Interim 2030 CECP

Over a thousand comments on the Interim 2030 CECP were submitted to EEA in multiple ways.  These comments have been compiled and are posted below. 

Thank you to all who commented.  EEA is working to incorporate these public feedback into the final 2025/2030 CECP. Questions can be emailed to gwsa@mass.gov.  

Additional Resources

2030 Emissions Limit

The 2030 emissions limit was set on December 30, 2020, in accordance with Executive Order 569. 2030 GHG Emissions Limit Letter of Determination

In compliance with An Act Creating A Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy, the Secretary of EEA will set a new 2030 emissions limit by July 1, 2022.

Additional Resources

Feedback and Resources

For additional information on Heat Pumps, please visit: https://www.masscec.com/learn-about-air-source-heat-pumps

For additional information on Electric Vehicles, please visit: https://driveelectricus.com/explore-electric-cars and https://massdriveclean.org/

For additional information on a clean energy home, please visit: https://goclean.masscec.com/ 

 

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