Energy Generation and Distribution

Progress toward 2020 GHG Emissions Reduction Limit

The following polices from the updated Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020 are being implemented to incentivize the use of cleaner fuel in electric generation and to decrease line losses in the electric distribution system.

Coal-Fired Power Plant Retirement pdf format of Coal-Fired Power Plant Retirement and Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

  • GHG emissions from coal-fired power plants have decreased 5 million metric tons between 2010 and 2014. Plant retirements contributed a third of that decrease.

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Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)

  • The expansion of the RPS by the Green Communities Act of 2008 has cumulatively reduced about one million metric tons of GHG emissions.

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Clean Energy Imports

Governor Baker recently signed An Act Relative to Energy Diversity which requires utilities to competitively solicit and contract for approximately 1,600 (MW) of offshore wind and approximately 1,200 megawatts (MW) of other Class I renewable resources like hydropower, solar and onshore wind.

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Clean Energy Standard (CES)

This policy is related to the Clean Energy Imports policy.

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Electric Grid Modernization

The DPU is conducting adjudicatory proceedings for each of the electric distribution companies’ grid modernization plans, which the companies filed to meet the requirements of DPU order 12-76-B.

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Progress Compared to GHG Emissions in the State

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