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.
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Meeting/Comment Period||
|Environmental Justice Strategy in accordance with the Environmental Justice Policy (updated June 2021)||
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|
|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
|Recommendations from the Commission on Clean Heat||Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs||Dec. 2021 and March 2022: date/time to be determined||
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||
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||
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||
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||
Email email@example.com 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||
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||
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|
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 in: English; 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:
- Slides from March 2021 CECP Public Webinar: 2030 Interim CECP March Public Webinar Slides
- Recording for Interim 2030 CECP Webinar #1 (English), Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 3-4:30pm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYcKlu31dMk
- Recording for Interim 2030 CECP Webinar #2 (English), Monday, March 15, 2021, 6:30-8pm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6ZQzFtaf2c
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.
- 325 Comments submitted through the online Formstack: Interim 2030 CECP Public Comments: Formstack Submissions
- 5 voicemails and 673 comments emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, including form letters: Interim 2030 CECP Public Comments: Voicemail and Email Submissions
- 150 comment letters that came in as attachments (through formstack or email): Interim 2030 CECP Public Comments: Letter Attachments
- Additionally, we received 43 oral comments from public meetings held on March 9th and March 15th.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Feedback and Resources
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