Priority Legislation for the 2019-2020 Session
DEP Admin, DCR Parks, DCR Watershed, and DER
Our environmental agencies remain underfunded and understaffed. Adequate budgets for DEP, DCR, and DER are critical to maintaining Massachusetts’ clean air and water and the public health of our residents.
An Act Relative to Multi-State Offshore Wind Procurement
Representative Dave Rogers
This legislation compels Massachusetts to reach out to the other New England states to explore issuing a joint procurement for 6 GW of new offshore wind. It would also authorize Massachusetts to enter into such an agreement and direct utilities to purchase this new power. Between 4 and 9 GW of older fossil and nuclear power plants will close in coming years. It should be replaced by clean, inexpensive, and plentiful offshore wind.
An Act to Promote Green Infrastructure and Reduce Carbon Emissions
Representative Jen Benson
This bill puts a price on carbon emissions and creates new revenue while ensuring low and moderate income families are protected. In order to meet our GWSA mandates, we need to accelerate our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This market based approach would result in significant emissions reductions.
An Act Relative to Home Energy Efficiency
Senator Eric Lesser and Representative Adrian Madaro
This legislation requires energy audits and scores on all home sales, solidifying Massachusetts’ position as a national leader in energy efficiency while increasing consumer protection.
An Act to Create a 2050 Roadmap to a Clean and Thriving Commonwealth
Representative Joan Meschino
This bill amends the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) to require carbon neutrality by 2050. It would authorize carbon pricing, identify pathways to eliminate carbon from all sectors, and require 2030 and 2040 interim emission limits.