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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2647         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2979

 

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

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Michael Barrett

Third Middlesex

Michael D. Brady

9th Plymouth

William N. Brownsberger

Second Suffolk and Middlesex

Antonio F. D. Cabral

13th Bristol

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Sonia Chang-Diaz

Second Suffolk

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Christopher G. Fallon

33rd Middlesex

Danielle W. Gregoire

4th Middlesex

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Carlos Henriquez

5th Suffolk

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Stephen Kulik

1st Franklin

James M. Murphy

4th Norfolk

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Aaron Vega

5th Hampden

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2647        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2979

By Mr. Sciortino of Medford, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2979) of Carl M. Sciortino, Jr. and others relative to energy efficiency programs and green jobs.  Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 1774 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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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, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is amended by inserting in Section 21 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 aggregated data that includes the number of participants served per US Census Block Group; energy efficiency measures provided; program and participant dollars spent per measure; energy savings per measure; fuel type; conversion rate; and whether the residential participant is a renter or owner.

              2. Not later than January 1, 2014 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 2025 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, 2014 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.

              ii. 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.

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

              (i) Any entity receiving energy efficiency funds to employ people that will implement each electric and natural gas plan shall:

              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 Department of Energy Resources and Department of Labor, with input from 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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