The MCCC's efforts include not only state and local partnerships but also national collaborations. Over the years, these partnerships and projects have significantly increased the availability of alternative fuels and infrastructure across the Commonwealth; benefiting communities, businesses, and residents.
Executive Order 569; ESTABLISHING AN INTEGRATED CLIMATE CHANGE STRATEGY FOR THE COMMONWEALTH
Governor Charlie Baker’s Executive Order establishes a strategy to address climate change in Massachusetts that recognizes the opportunity for emissions reductions in the transportation sector through the use of electric vehicles.
$12 million in additional funding was announced for the Commonwealth electric vehicle rebate program, Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (Mor-EV), in addition to Department of Energy Resources’ (DOER) $2 million commitment in January. This program offers consumers a rebate of between $750-$2,500 on the purchase or lease of 25 types of qualifying electric vehicles.
DOER & DOE Plug In America Funding
DOER & DOE Plug In America Funding: The U.S. Department of Energy awarded funding to the Clean Cities program in Massachusetts and Plug in America to assist in further collaboration between the programs and aid in deployment of electric, plug-in electric, and fuel cell electric vehicles in the Commonwealth. The initiatives are designed to give consumers firsthand experience with electric vehicles and help show how simple the switch to electric can be.
DOER Grants funds for Electric School Bus pilot:
DOER's Vehicle-to-Grid Electric School Bus Pilot Program has awarded four grants for the purchase of electric school buses and chargers to Acton-Boxborough Regional School District, Amherst Public Schools, Cambridge Public Schools, and Concord Public Schools. The program aims to reduce schools’ petroleum use and test the benefits of electric school bus technology. The electric buses are more economical and environmentally friendly than traditional diesel buses, as electricity is cleaner than diesel by at least 70% and at least 40% cheaper. This program will be one of the first uses of electric school bus technology on the East Coast of the United States.
VEH-102 is a Request for Response by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the procurement of Advanced Vehicle Technology equipment, supplies, and services, including Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE), Anti-Idling technology, and after-market conversion technology. The services requested in the contract are intended to assist the Commonwealth and its partners keep pace with the energy efficient alternatives in the transportation sector.
MA DEP EVIP Workplace Charging funds
The Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (MassEVIP): Workplace Charging is an open grant program offered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) that offers employers 50% of the funding for hardware costs towards Level 1 and 2 Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations in amounts up to $25,000. Employers located in Massachusetts with 15 or more employees in non-residential places of business are eligible.
Leading By Example Solar Canopies with EV Charging Incorporated
DOER's Leading by Example (LBE) Clean Energy Grant Program for Solar Photovoltaic Canopies has awarded $245,000 in grant funding for the installation of a 490 kW solar canopy at a MassDOT research and materials facility in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. The DOER Clean Energy Grant Program for Solar Photovoltaic Canopies has resulted in six grants and the installation of over 6.5 MW of solar power at state facilities.