Budget Amendment ID: FY2023-S4-88

ENV 88

MOR-EV Extension

Mr. Barrett, Ms. Creem, Messrs. Tarr and Moore and Ms. Rausch moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section __ the following section:-

SECTION __. Chapter 142 of the acts of 2019, as most recently amended by section 56 of chapter 102 of the Acts of 2021, is hereby amended by striking out section 95 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-

SECTION 95. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, subject to availability of sufficient proceeds, the department of energy resources shall expend amounts from the RGGI Auction Trust Fund established in section 35II of chapter 10 of the General Laws to fund the green communities program established in section 10 of chapter 25A of the General Laws, electric vehicle incentive programs through June 30, 2024 and  transportation sector electrification programs through June 30, 2024; provided, however, that the department of energy resources shall offer rebates of not less than $2,500 and not more than $5,000 for the purchase or lease of battery electric vehicles, fuel cell electric vehicles and zero-emissions vehicles for sale or lease with a retail price of not more than $50,000. All payments made from the fund before June 30, 2024 shall be prioritized so that the initial payments from the fund shall be made to the green communities, electric vehicle incentive and transportation electrification programs; provided, however, that not less than $27,000,000 shall be available for electric vehicle incentive programs per fiscal year; provided further, that the department shall examine the programs, including, but not limited to, the cost-effectiveness of the programs in greenhouse gas emissions reductions, and report its findings to the joint committee on telecommunications, utilities and energy not later than October 1, 2022; provided further, that the department, with the approval of the secretary, may allocate funds sufficient to reimburse the commonwealth for the direct costs incurred in its administration of the RGGI program; and provided further, that not later than October 1, 2022, the department shall itemize said reimbursements in a report to the joint committee on telecommunications, utilities and energy.