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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 705        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1572


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Cynthia S. Creem


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 relative to energy efficiency funds generated by municipal light plants.






Cynthia S. Creem

First Middlesex and Norfolk

Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

John F. Keenan

Norfolk and Plymouth

Donald Humason


Michael R. Knapik

Second Hampden and Hampshire

Jonathan D. Zlotnik

2nd Worcester

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

Leonard Mirra

2nd Essex

Harriette L. Chandler

First Worcester

Richard J. Ross

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

Jennifer L. Flanagan

Worcester and Middlesex

Thomas M. McGee

Third Essex

Gale D. Candaras

First Hampden and Hampshire

Eileen M. Donoghue

First Middlesex

Katherine M. Clark

Fifth Middlesex

Michael F. Rush

Norfolk and Suffolk

Marc R. Pacheco

First Plymouth and Bristol

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Robert L. Hedlund

Plymouth and Norfolk

SENATE DOCKET, NO. 705        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1572

By Ms. Creem, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1572) of Cynthia S. Creem, Alice Hanlon Peisch, James B. Eldridge, John F. Keenan and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to energy efficiency funds generated by municipal light plants.  Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relative to energy efficiency funds generated by municipal light plants.


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

              Chapter 25 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following new section:-

              Section 19 ½.  In addition to any other amounts derived from sources internal or external to Municipal Lighting Plants,  costs associated with energy efficiency programs including but not limited to, demand side management programs  established by such Municipal Lighting Plants, shall be funded, without further appropriation,  from those amounts generated from cap and trade pollution control programs, including, but not limited to, and subject to section 22 of chapter 21A,  amounts generated by the carbon dioxide allowance trading mechanism established under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Memorandum of Understanding, as defined in subsection (a) of section 22 of chapter 21A. Such amounts shall be allocated based on the percentage of each municipal lighting plants’ electricity sales relative to total electricity sales statewide as determined by the Department of Energy Resources and not less than 80 per cent of such allocated amounts shall be returned to such Municipal Lighting Plants for implementation of such aforementioned programs.

              Such municipal lighting plants’ programs funded by those additional amounts pursuant to this section shall be administered by each municipal lighting plant through either the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company or Energy New England LLC or their successors as determined by each municipal lighting plant.

              Each municipal lighting plant shall include an itemization of expenditures of those funds received under this section in its annual return filed pursuant to section 63 of chapter 164.

              Provided however that a municipal light plant may annually at its option elect not to participate in those additional amounts available under this section. In the event of such election such municipal lighting plant would not be subject to the energy efficiency and demand side management programs requirements established under this section.

              Any amounts distributed pursuant to and received by municipal lighting plants under this section shall not subject municipal lighting plants to any other general or special law.

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