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In 2016, The Baker-Polito Administration announced the Affordable Access to Clean and Efficient Energy Initiative (“Affordable Access Initiative”). Lead by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), in collaboration with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), the Affordable Access Initiative aims to help low- and moderate-income Massachusetts residents access cost-saving, clean and efficient energy technologies. The Affordable Access Initiative launched with the creation of an inter-secretariat Working Group and a commitment of $10 million in funding from DOER and $5 Million from MassCEC.
In 2017. the Baker-Polito Administration announced the results of the Affordable Access Working Group as well as several program opportunities through this Initiative.
The Affordable Access Working Group met from April through August 2016 to review barriers to clean energy investment by the state’s low- and moderate-income residents and suggest improvements to housing and energy policies and programs to address these barriers. This collaboration between public, quasi-public, and private partners led to the development of the Affordable Access Working Group Final Report. This report includes a summary of key barriers to clean and efficient energy adoption by low and moderate -income residents and sixteen recommendations to address these barriers. The recommendations can be generally organized into the following key areas:
In coordination with the release of the final Affordable Access Working Group Report, DOER and MassCEC released multiple funding opportunities to support recommendations from the working group. These funding opportunities, coupled with initiatives already underway, represent the Administration’s commitment to help low- and moderate-income Massachusetts residents access cost-saving, clean and efficient energy technologies.
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