SECTION 1. To provide for a program of climate change resiliency for cities and towns in the commonwealth, the sums set forth in this act, for the several purposes and subject to the conditions specified in this act, are hereby made available, subject to the laws regulating the disbursement of public funds, which sums shall be in addition to any other amounts previously made available for these purposes; provided, however, that the amounts specified for a particular project may be adjusted to facilitate projects authorized in this act.
EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
2000-7076. For the GreenWorks infrastructure program established in section 28 of chapter 21A of the General Laws.............................................................................$1,000,000,000
EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Department of Energy Resources
9300-8000. For the purpose of developing a matching grant program to support and provide technical assistance for cities and towns to develop and deploy municipal microgrid energy systems; provided that the department of energy resources, in consultation with the Massachusetts clean energy center, shall establish eligibility and selection criteria which shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (i) the microgrid shall be located in a city or town in the commonwealth; (ii) the microgrid shall be located on the property of at least 2 neighboring municipal buildings connected by an electric distribution company, and such microgrid provides electricity to such buildings; (iii) the microgrid fulfills 1 of the following objectives: (a) mitigates peak energy demand periods, (b) reduces energy costs for at least one of the host municipal buildings served by the microgrid, or (c) provides local residents with access to electricity during a power disruption in the local electric distribution system; (iv) the microgrid shall utilize clean energy, as defined in section 1 of chapter 23J of the General Laws, or electricity that is generated from renewable energy generating sources, as defined in subsection (b) of section 11F of chapter 25A of the General Laws, and is connected to on-site energy storage capacity, provided, however, that the clean energy or renewable energy generating resources shall not include the combustion of an energy source that emits greenhouse gases when generating electricity; and (v) the municipality shall receive the majority of the benefits accrued from the municipal microgrid project; provided further, that the department of energy resources may consider exemptions to clause (ii) if a municipality demonstrates plans for a functioning microgrid located on a single municipal building in the absence of 2 suitable neighboring municipal buildings; provided further, that the department of energy resources shall determine the appropriate project cost share that municipalities shall contribute; and provided further, that funds may be expended under this item to cover up to the full cost of a microgrid for a municipality or municipalities that contain an environmental justice community……………………………………………………………………….......$100,000,000
9300-8001. For the purpose of developing and implementing grant programs designed to encourage the electrification of vehicle fleets owned by municipalities or regional transit authorities; provided that the department of energy resources may promulgate regulations necessary for the operation of the programs; provided further, that not less than $10,000,000 shall be expended for planning, training and technical assistance purposes including, but not limited to, studies examining the feasibility of utilizing electric vehicles on existing public transportation routes, studies examining how public transportation routes could be modified to provide equivalent service while utilizing electric vehicles, studies examining the contracted use of privately-owned vehicle fleets by municipalities and opportunities for expanding the utilization of electric vehicles, studies evaluating the environmental and economic benefits of replacing existing vehicles with electric vehicles and training or technical assistance necessary for the operation and maintenance of electric vehicles and related infrastructure; provided further, that not less than $25,000,000 shall be expended to municipalities for the purchase of light-duty vehicles belonging to 1 of the following classifications: plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles, or other zero-emission vehicles, the purchase and installation of related infrastructure, or both; provided further, that not less than $90,000,000 shall be expended to municipalities, regional transit authorities, or other political subdivisions for the purchase of buses, medium-duty vehicles or heavy-duty vehicles belonging to one of the following classes: plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles or other zero-emission vehicles, the purchase and installation of related infrastructure, or both; provided further, that, unless otherwise specified, any funds expended under this item for a vehicle itself shall not exceed the difference between the purchase price of the electric vehicle and the purchase price of an equivalent non-electric vehicle with regards to passenger capacity or intended use; and provided further that funds may be expended under this item to cover up to the full cost of a vehicle intended to serve the population of an environmental justice community...................................................................................................................$125,000,000
9300-8002. For the purposes of a sustainability coordinator grant program to be established by the executive office of energy and environmental affairs to provide grants to a municipality or group of municipalities to hire a sustainability coordinator to organize, secure funding for, implement and monitor projects that have been awarded grant funding pursuant to the GreenWorks infrastructure program under section 28 of chapter 21A of the General Laws; provided, however that the executive office of energy and environmental affairs shall develop a certification process for sustainability coordinators participating in the program, which shall take into account expertise and experience with technologies and methodologies outlined in this act; provided further, that a municipality or group of municipalities may apply for such grants and preference shall be given to municipalities without the equivalent of a sustainability coordinator; provided further, that grant recipients shall execute a contract of up to 5 years with a sustainability coordinator; provided further, that grants awarded under this program shall provide funding for not more than the first 2 years of such contract; and provided further, that grants awarded to a municipality or municipalities that contain an environmental justice community shall provide funding for not more than the first 3 years of such contract…………………………………………...........................................................$20,000,000
9300-8003. For the purpose of establishing a fund to be known as the Green Resiliency Fund within the executive office of energy and environmental affairs to provide loans to a qualifying municipality or groups of municipalities for purposes including, but not limited to, the following: (a) assistance to a municipality or municipalities to provide matching funds for projects awarded grant funding pursuant to the GreenWorks infrastructure program under section 28 of chapter 21A of the General Laws; (b) resiliency improvements, including hardening of assets or nature-based solutions, or any combination thereof to prepare for extreme weather events; or (c) resiliency investments which result in economic revitalization; provided that the executive office of energy and environmental affairs shall promulgate rules and regulations for the operation of the fund, which may include, but not be limited to, eligibility and selection criteria, ensuring timely repayment by borrowers and the use of interest rates to ensure that the fund maintains a consistent purchasing power from the time loans are disbursed to the time of their collection........................................................................ $50,000,000
9300-8004. For the purpose of continuing the Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles program upon the depletion of its existing funds; provided, however, that the department of energy resources shall offer rebates of not less than $2,500 and not more than $5,000 for the purchase or lease of battery electric vehicles, fuel cell electric vehicles and zero-emissions vehicles for sale or lease with a retail price of not more than $40,000……….............$30,000,000
SECTION 3. Chapter 21A of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following section:-
Section 28. (a) The executive office of energy and environmental affairs shall establish a GreenWorks infrastructure program to: (i) issue public infrastructure grants to municipalities, local government bodies and other public instrumentalities for design, construction, building, land acquisition, rehabilitation, repair and other improvements to publicly-owned infrastructure that improve climate adaptation and resiliency, mitigate the impacts of climate change, reduce carbon emissions, implement energy efficient or conservation measures, improve the energy efficiency of publicly-owned buildings, improve the climate resiliency of water infrastructure and water resources or contribute to the commonwealth meeting its greenhouse gas emissions limits established pursuant to section 3 of chapter 21N; (ii) issue grants to municipalities to assist in financing the siting and construction of renewable energy, energy storage and alternative energy projects on municipally-owned land, provided, however, that the renewable energy, energy storage and alternative energy projects shall not involve the combustion of an energy source that emits greenhouse gases when generating electricity; (iii) issue grants to municipalities to implement adaptation and resiliency measures and infrastructure or building improvements outlined in the statewide adaptation strategy pursuant to section 10 of said chapter 21N; or (iv) issue grants to municipalities to implement nature-based solutions, infrastructure or other improvements to the built or natural environment as identified through the municipal vulnerability preparedness program.
(b) Eligible public infrastructure projects authorized pursuant to subsection (a) shall be located on public land or on public leasehold, right-of-way or easement. A project that uses grants to municipalities for public infrastructure provided by this section shall be procured by a municipality in accordance with chapter 7, section 39M of chapter 30, chapter 30B and chapter 149.
(c) There shall be at least 1 open solicitation period each year to accept and consider new applications. Not less than 12 weeks before the annual open solicitation period, the executive office of energy and environmental affairs shall release the criteria upon which the applications shall be evaluated, including, but not limited to, a minimum project readiness standard, overall spending targets by project type and other preferences applying to that funding round. The criteria may also establish additional levels of funding that may be provided to a municipality or municipalities that: (i) contain an environmental justice community; or (ii) have committed to providing matching funds; provided, however, that the funding levels for projects that meet these criteria shall be higher proportionally than other GreenWorks projects that do not meet the criteria. Grants may be made outside of the open solicitation period at the discretion of the secretary of energy and environmental affairs subject to subsections (d) and (e).
(d) An eligible city or town, acting by and through its municipal officers or by and through any agency designated by such municipal officers to act on their behalf, may apply to the program for a grant in a specific amount to fund a specified project. Two or more municipalities may apply jointly, with 1 municipality acting as fiscal agent, or through a regional planning agency or watershed association acting as fiscal agent. The grants may be made in addition to other forms of local, state or federal assistance.
(e) Within the program, at least 10 per cent of the grant funds shall be dedicated annually to assist towns with populations of 7,000 or fewer in undertaking qualifying projects. Such towns shall be eligible for a grant not to exceed $1,000,000 and shall be eligible to receive 1 grant every 3 fiscal years. Two or more towns eligible under this subsection may file a joint application for a single project serving those towns; provided, however, the total amount distributed to any 1 town shall not exceed the maximum amount allowed under this section. Receipt of a grant which is part of a joint application shall not preclude a town from receiving additional funds under a separate application.
(f) The secretary of energy and environmental affairs and the secretary of housing and economic development, in consultation with appropriate secretariats as determined by the governor, may coordinate efforts of the GreenWorks infrastructure program and the MassWorks infrastructure program under section 63 of chapter 23A to enhance safety, avoid duplicative costs and strengthen the resiliency of communities, including but not limited to: (i) promoting GreenWorks and MassWorks projects that are consistent with the statewide adaptation strategy pursuant to section 10 of chapter 21N; and (ii) coordinating among cross-cutting project categories between GreenWorks and MassWorks to capitalize upon priority projects with potential co-benefits for climate change adaptation, resiliency or mitigation, environmental protection, public health or other factors that achieve program and administration efficiencies and leverage resources from federal, state and private sources.
(g) The secretary of energy and environmental affairs may establish rules and regulations to govern the application and distribution of grants under the program. The rules and regulations may include provisions for joint applications by 2 or more eligible municipalities for a single project serving those municipalities.
(h) The secretary of energy and environmental affairs shall report annually to the clerks of the house of representatives and the senate, who shall forward the report to the chairs of the joint committee on telecommunications, utilities and energy, the chairs of the house and senate committees on ways and means and the chairs of house and senate committees on bonding, capital expenditures and state assets on the activities and status of the program. The report shall include a list and description of all projects that received grant funds under the program, the amount of the grant awarded to the project, other sources of public funds that supported the project, a detailed analysis of the environmental impact of each project including, where applicable, the number of construction and full time equivalent jobs to be created, the private investment in the project, the expected tax revenue generated from the project, the projected energy efficiency savings and the projected greenhouse gas emission reductions.
SECTION 4. To meet the expenditures necessary in carrying out section 2, the state treasurer shall, upon receipt of a request by the governor, issue and sell bonds of the commonwealth in an amount to be specified by the governor from time to time, but not exceeding, in the aggregate, $1,000,000,000. All bonds issued by the commonwealth, as aforesaid, shall be designated on their face, GreenWorks Capital Improvement Act of 2019, and shall be issued for a maximum term of years, not exceeding 20 years, as the governor may recommend to the general court pursuant to section 3 of Article LXII of the Amendments to the Constitution; provided, however, that all such bonds shall be payable not later than June 30, 2050. All interest and payments on account of principal on such obligations shall be payable from the General Fund. Bonds and interest thereon issued under the authority of this section shall, notwithstanding any other provisions of this act, be general obligations of the commonwealth.
SECTION 5. To meet the expenditures necessary in carrying out section 2A, the state treasurer shall, upon receipt of a request by the governor, issue and sell bonds of the commonwealth in an amount to be specified by the governor from time to time, but not exceeding, in the aggregate, $295,000,000. All bonds issued by the commonwealth, as aforesaid, shall be designated on their face, Climate Resiliency Act of 2019, and shall be issued for a maximum term of years, not exceeding 20 years, as the governor may recommend to the general court pursuant to section 3 of Article LXII of the Amendments to the Constitution; provided, however, that all such bonds shall be payable not later than June 30, 2050. All interest and payments on account of principal on such obligations shall be payable from the General Fund. Bonds and interest thereon issued under the authority of this section shall, notwithstanding any other provisions of this act, be general obligations of the commonwealth.
SECTION 6. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, bonds or notes issued under section 4 shall not be included in the computation of bonds issued and outstanding for purposes of the limit imposed by the second paragraph of section 60A of chapter 29 of the General Laws. The bonds or notes issued under section 4 and the debt service authorized under section 4 shall not be considered in the estimate required under subsection (f) of section 60B of said chapter 29 or the determination required under subsection (h) of said section 60B of said chapter 29.
SECTION 7. The secretary of energy and environmental affairs shall open the first solicitation period for the GreenWorks infrastructure program required by section 28 of chapter 21A of the General Laws on or before September 1, 2020.
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