Amendment ID: S2477-24

Amendment 24

Add natural gas to greenhouse gas definition

Ms. Creem, Mr. Eldridge, Ms. Jehlen, Ms. Comerford, Messrs. Pacheco and Welch move that the proposed new draft be amended by inserting the following new section:-

"SECTION_. Section 1 of chapter 21N of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the definition of “Statewide greenhouse gas emissions” and inserting in place thereof the following definition:-

“Statewide greenhouse gas emissions”, the total annual emissions of greenhouse gases in the commonwealth, including (i) all emissions of greenhouse gases from the generation of electricity delivered to and consumed in the commonwealth, accounting for transmission and distribution line losses, whether the electricity is generated in the commonwealth or imported; (ii) all emissions of greenhouse gases from the distribution and consumption of natural gas in the commonwealth; (iii) all emissions of greenhouse gases from any energy source derived from fossil fuels; and (iv) all emissions from production, distribution and consumption of biomass, biogas, liquid biofuel, renewable natural gas technologies, and emitting sources of renewable energy; provided, however, that statewide greenhouse gas emissions shall be expressed in tons of carbon dioxide equivalents.