Massachusetts Energy Budgets & Investments

Budgetary Information for DOER and related energy investments

The primary public entities investing in clean energy programs are the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). Below you can access DOER’s spending history, current Fiscal Year spending and budget requests, as well as spending plans for Alternative Compliance Payments (ACP) and auction proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). MassCEC’s current Fiscal Year spending and budget requests are also available.

The statewide energy efficiency programs, delivered under the Mass Save® name by the state’s investor owned utilities and energy efficiency service providers represent the biggest investments in clean energy. Below you can access Mass Save general funding sources, budgets and spending.


DOER Budgets & Investments

DOER leverages operating, capital, trust, and federal funds from multiple sources. DOER uses this funding to develop and implement policies, regulations, technical assistance, rebates, and incentives.

Detailed spending information is available on Open Checkbook, which allows you to see details such as vendors, grant recipients, and staff.

The new CTHRU Open Records Platform provides expanded financial data from the Commonwealth.  CTHRU is designed to provide an intuitive experience for exploring where tax dollars are utilized and is available 24/7 and includes links throughout to Open Checkbook. 

The FY 2021 Budget Request for DOER, and past DOER budgets, is available in the Governor’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2021: Annual Budget Requests

Alternative Compliance Payments (ACP) are collected by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, and directed by DOER through both the Alternative Compliance Trust and the DOER Expendable Trust. To see how ACPs are derived through the Renewable Portfolio Standard, and allocated, see Alternative Compliance Payment Collections and Projected Allocations under “Renewable Energy / Annual Reports.”

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) auction proceeds are used to fund a portion of the Mass Save programs, grants for Green Communities and rebates for electric vehicles, among other energy initiatives.

Additional Resources

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC)

Detailed spending information for MassCEC is available on the Massachusetts Open Checkbook, which provides details such as vendors, grant recipients, and staff. 

Mass Save®

The Mass Save programs are funded by a variety of sources, the largest of which are a historical System Benefit Charge (SBC) and the Energy Efficiency Reconciliation Factor (EERF) created by the Green Communities Act. Typically, approximately 11 percent of the funding comes from the RGGI auction proceeds. These funds are allocated by DOER.

Mass Save spending plans and metrics are available at Mass Save Data.

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