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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1692         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1774

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act regarding community access to energy efficiency programs and green jobs.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Michael F. Rush

Suffolk and Norfolk

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

Jeffrey Sánchez

15th Suffolk

Susan C. Fargo

 

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex, Suffolk, and Essex

Antonio F. D. Cabral

13th Bristol

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

Sonia Chang-Diaz

 

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Kevin G. Honan

17th Suffolk

Michael D. Brady

9th Plymouth

Cynthia S. Creem

 

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Nick Collins

4th Suffolk

Aaron Michlewitz

3rd Suffolk

Harriette L. Chandler

 

Carlos Henriquez

5th Suffolk

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Linda Dorcena Forry

12th Suffolk

Gloria L. Fox

7th Suffolk

Marcos A. Devers

16th Essex

Patricia D. Jehlen

 

Paul A. Schmid, III

8th Bristol

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

Robert M. Koczera

11th Bristol

James B. Eldridge

 


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1692        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1774

By Mr. Sciortino of Medford and Senator Eldridge,  a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1774) of Carl M. Sciortino, Jr. and others relative to energy efficiency programs and green jobs.  Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act regarding community access to energy efficiency programs and green jobs.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Chapter 25 of the General Laws is amended by in Section 21by inserting after subsection (e) the following new subsections:-

             

              “(f) Energy Efficiency Program Reporting. In implementing its energy efficiency plan, each electric and natural gas distribution company Program Administrator and any entity that receives public subsidy and provides energy efficiency services shall, in consultation with the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council, as defined by section 22 of chapter 25 of the General Laws, and subject to the approval of the Department of Public Utilities:

              1.              Report the residential and commercial ratepayers and buildings that receive energy efficiency program benefits to the Department Of Energy Resources. The report shall specify for each participant the US Census Block Group of the address served; energy efficiency measures provided; program and participant dollars spent per measure; energy savings per measure; and whether the participant is a renter or owner.

              2.              Not later than January 1, 2012 and every January 1 and July 1 of each year thereafter, each electric and natural gas distribution company Program Administrator and any entity that receives public subsidy and provides energy efficiency services shall submit the data identified in Section (f)(1) to the Department Of Energy Resources.

             

              g.              Energy Efficiency Program Database. The Department Of Energy Resources shall establish and maintain a database to store and manage the data.

                (h)  Statewide Weatherization Goals. The Department Of Energy Resources will establish statewide goals to weatherize 100% of residential homes and 50% of the businesses in Massachusetts by 2030 and establish benchmarks for equitable access to energy efficiency program benefits.

              1.              The Department Of Energy Resources shall establish annual benchmarks for reaching the statewide goals and providing equitable access to historically harder-to-reach segments, including, but not limited to, residential rental properties, low and moderate-income homeowners and renters (those earning up to 120% state median income), communities whose primary language is not English, and small commercial businesses, which may not be participating at rates commensurate with the funds that they are paying into the programs as ratepayers.

              i.              Not later than January 1, 2012 and every January 1 of each year thereafter, the Department Of Energy Resources shall provide a report demonstrating whether energy efficiency programs are reaching ratepayers and buildings equitably, and progress towards reaching the statewide weatherization goals. 

              2.              For purposes of this subsection, weatherize means: the practice of protecting a building and its interior from sunlight, precipitation, and wind, and of modifying a building to reduce energy consumption and optimize energy efficiency.

              3.              The Department Of Energy Resources shall promulgate regulations to implement the requirements of this legislation within twelve months following passage of this legislation.”

             

              SECTION 2. Chapter 23J of the General Laws is amended in Section 10 by inserting after subsection (iii) the following new subsection:-

             

              “(iv) Funds provided to the Pathways Out Of Poverty Initiative shall be used to:

              1.              Collect data on jobs created and demographic information about who is hired;

              2.              Adopt targeted hiring goals;

              3.              Require inclusion of Responsible Employer language in all state Requests For Proposals and contracts;

              4.              The Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development and Department Of Energy Resources shall submit within six months after passage of this legislation, a report to the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council and Department of Public Utilities, detailing the energy efficiency and green industry workforce development needs in the State. The report shall include recommended legislation to implement the proposed plan on a long-term basis.

              5.              For purposes of this subsection, a Responsible Employer is: an employer that complies with all workplace laws and Criminal Offender Record Information requirements, provides fair wage and benefits levels, properly classifies workers, implements local and targeted hiring requirements, and abides by comprehensive safety and health plans.

              6.              The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center shall adopt regulations to implement the requirements of this legislation within twelve months following passage of this legislation.”

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