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Bay State Governor Commits to Net-Zero GHGs by 2050 (Ind. Report)
Date: 2020-01-24
In this week's 2020 State of the Commonwealth address, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) committed the Bay State to transition to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

In his address, the Governor reported "the state is leading the way in transitioning to clean, renewable energy" and noted a 50 pct drop in emissions from the power industry over the last decade under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Baker added the state's investments in renewable energy would meet 30 pct of the state's electric power needs and at the same time eliminate 5.7 million metric tpy of greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Smart Energy, 23 Jan., 2020) Contact: Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005,

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$40Mn Mass. Energy Efficiency Partnership Announced (Funding)
Gov. Charlie Baker
Date: 2019-05-01
In the Bay State, the office of Gov. Charlie Baker (R) has announced a three-year, $40 million energy efficiency partnership with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), Eversource and National Grid.

The partnership aims to cut energy consumption across dozens of MBTA stations and facilities, reduce MBTA operating costs, improve lighting and substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

This initiative will reduce MBTA electricity use by 7 pct -- 30 million kWh annually -- and save MBTA $2.7 million in energy costs while eliminating 10,000 metric tpy of carbon emissions.

The MBTA will invest approximately $30 million in the projects which include new lighting and lighting controls, upgrading HVAC equipment and building automation controls.

The Nass. Department Energy Resources (DOER) will provide $3.5 million in funding while Eversource and National Grid provide and estimate $9 million in cost cutting incentives. (Source: Framingham Source, 30 April, 2019) Contact:Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300,,; Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005,

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Mass. Gov. Proposes Real Estate Excise Tax to Fight Climate Change (Reg. & Leg., Ind. Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2019-01-21
In the Bay State, Republican Governor Charlie Baker has announced that, as part of his FY 2020 budget, he would propose an increase in the real estate excise tax and apply a portion of the approximate $137 million tax receipts to fund the Global Warming Solutions Trust Fund.

To date, Baker has opposed a carbon tax but has acknowledged the problem of climate change and the pressing need to address it. (Source: Office of Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker, Bloomberg, Foley Hoag LLP, Various Media, 18 Jan/. 2019) Contact: Office of Mass. Governor Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005,,,

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Bay State Gov. Supporting Woody Biomass Biofuels (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-09
The Boston Globe is reporting that Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's (R) administration has proposed rules that would designate fuel derived from felled trees as a form of renewable energy. The Governor's regulations would provide financial incentives and subsidies for woody biomass renewable fuels.

Environmental advocates and others are opposed to the initiative on the grounds that the rules would increase carbon emissions and lead to greater deforestation. Supporters say the Governor's scheme poses little threat of deforestation to the state which is 62 pct forest covered and the 8th most forested state in the nation. (Source: Olympian, Boston Globe, AP 7 Aug., 2017) Contact: Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005,

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