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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2332         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2621

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Timothy R. Madden and Sarah K. Peake

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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 relative to encouraging energy efficency and energy conservation.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Timothy R. Madden

Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2332        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2621

By Representatives Madden of Nantucket and Peake of Provincetown, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2621) of Timothy R. Madden relative to energy efficency and conservation.  Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act relative to encouraging energy efficency and energy conservation.
 

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

              WHEREAS, the Commonwealth encourages the reduction of usage and demand of fossil fuels, and a reduction of harmful emissions; and

              WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is already developing and encouraging the use of alternative Energy by implementing renewable energy portfolio standards for retail electricity suppliers, and

              WHEREAS, current RPS polices require an increasing portion of the state's electricity consumption to come from renewable power sources, and

              WHEREAS, improved efficiency and conservation of energy is an effective strategy for lessening dependence on fossil fuels and addressing global climate change, and

              WHEREAS, the Commonwealth has an interest in encouraging retail electricity suppliers to expand investment in energy efficiency and energy conservation programs, and

              WHEREAS, there is a national trend to expand the RPS portfolio options to encourage reduction of energy demand through energy efficiency and energy conservation to address global climate change, and

              WHEREAS, there is a great potential for achieving significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through enhanced energy efficiency and energy conservation programs, and

              WHEREAS, energy efficiency and energy conservation are inexpensive and immediately deployable climate change solutions, and

              WHEREAS, electricity energy efficiency programs in the Commonwealth are currently meeting only one-third of the annual growth in electricity demand, and

              WHEREAS, expanding PRS portfolio options to encourage reduction of energy demand will help address these important issues,

              NOW, THEREFORE,

              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. Notwithstanding any general or special law or regulation to the contrary, Chapter 25A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after Section 11 F 1/2 (d), added by 2008, 169, Sec. 32 effective January 1, 2009. See 2008, 169, Sec. 119, the following Section:

              Section e.

              (e) The Department shall incorporate such measures into the alternative energy portfolio standard for all retail electricity suppliers selling electricity to end-use customers in the Commonwealth to allow for energy efficiency and energy conservation to constitute up to five percent of the alternative energy portfolio. The department shall adopt regulations that establish the means through which a supplier can comply with this provision.

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