Legislative News

» New Maine law prohibits offshore wind farms in state waters
But the compromise still encourages the development of offshore wind technology in federal waters off Maine.
By Kevin Miller, Portland Press Herald, in centralmaine.com
Photo: Maine Coast | Expedia
July 7, 2021

» Congress Votes To Restore Regulations On Climate-Warming Methane Emissions
Reducing greenhouse gases, means tackling pollution from the oil and gas industry
By Jeff Brady, NPR
June 25, 2021

» Stop sweetheart deals with state utilities
3% revenue increase each year not fair to ratepayers
By Natalie Blais, Joanne Comerford and Daniel Sosland, CommonWealth Magazine
June 24, 2021

» Maine utility regulators can’t consider climate in their decisions. A bill headed to the governor can change that
A bill approved this week by Maine lawmakers would expand the Public Utilities Commission’s scope beyond reliability and rate impacts and allow it to consider the state’s climate goals in decision-making. Equity might be next.
By David Thill, Energy News Network
June 16, 2021

» Fossil fuel subsidies are a ‘disgrace’, Greta Thunberg tells US House panel
Climate activist asked to speak at hearing as part of push by Democrats to include fossil fuel subsidy elimination in bill
By Oliver Milman, The Guardian
April 22, 2021

» What You Need To Know About The New Mass. Climate Law
By Miriam Wasser, WBUR
March 26, 2021

» Baker signs climate change bill into law
Sets state on road to achieving net zero emissions by 2050
By Chris Lisinski, CommonWealth Magazine
March 26, 2021

» Baker intends to sign climate and emissions bill
By Chris Lisinski, WWLP
March 25, 2021

» Baker administration ‘very pleased’ with climate change bill
With few options, top aide embraces Legislature’s amended proposal
By Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth Magazine
March 18, 2021

» Senate stands pat on climate change legislation
Bill rejects major amendments proposed by Baker
By Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth Magazine
March 10, 2021

» State lawmakers poised to pass revised climate bill
By David Abel, Boston Globe
March 10, 2021

» Investment tax credit for energy storage a ‘once in a generation opportunity towards saving planet’
By Andy Colthorpe, Energy Storage News
Image: Andy Colthorpe / Solar Media.
March 10, 2021

» Andrew Ahern: ‘Who’s delaying climate action in Massachusetts?’
By Andrew Ahern, Telegram & Gazette | Opinion
February 17, 2021

» Baker takes more conciliatory tone on climate change bill
Sends it back with amendments, drops objection on offshore wind
By Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth Magazine
February 7, 2021

» Baker Sends Climate Bill Back With Amendments
By Colin A. Young, State House News Service, on WBUR
February 07, 2021

» Massachusetts legislature passes climate policy bill
By Wicked Local
February 2, 2021

» Massachusetts lawmakers quickly approve climate change bill for second time
By STEVE LeBLANC, AP, in Boston.com
January 28, 2021

» Inside the divide between Legislature, Baker on climate plan
By Danny Jin, The Berkshire Eagle
January 27, 2021

» Pass the climate change bill again
And governor, this time go ahead and sign it
By Eugenia Gibbons, David Gasson and Will Havemeyer, CommonWealth Magazine / Opinion
January 27, 2021

» Questions on Baker’s $6b climate change cost estimate
Barrett, CLF’s Campbell say governor’s veto letter not convincing
By Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth Magazine
January 19, 2021

» Proposals to prohibit natural gas bans may threaten cities’ clean energy goals
By Karen Uhlenhuth, Energy News Network
Photo By J. Stephen Conn, David Casteel / Flickr / Creative Commons
January 15, 2021

» Reluctantly, governor vetoes Mass. climate change bill, but it may soon be back on his desk
By Matt Stout and David Abel, Boston Globe
January 14, 2021

» Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker vetoes omnibus climate, emissions reduction bill
By Matt Murphy, State House News Service, in Berkshire Eagle
January 14, 2021

» Mariano ready to refile accord on climate, emissions
By Matt Murphy, WWLP Channel 22 News
January 13, 2021

» Worries mount over climate change bill
Some advocates, lawmakers fret about Baker veto
By Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth Magazine
January 12, 2021

» Real estate groups push for veto of climate bill, saying it could thwart economic recovery
Developers worry that rules allowing towns to adopt “net zero” building requirements could drive up costs and drive away business
By Jon Chesto, Boston Globe
January 12, 2021

» A letter to Gov. Baker: Sign the climate bill
By Tim Cronin | Emily Reichert, Boston Business Journal / Opinion
January 11, 2021

» 8 Ways The New Climate Bill Affects You, Your Washing Machine And Our Climate Goals
By Miriam Wasser, WBUR
January 5, 2021

» Deal reached on major Massachusetts climate change bill; 40% of the state’s electric power would be renewable by 2030
By Michael P. Norton, MassLive
January 4, 2020

» San Francisco’s gas ban on new buildings could prompt statewide action
The vote adds San Francisco to the growing list of nearly 40 California cities to pass such ordinances since Berkeley’s historic ban in July 2019.
By Kristin Musulin, Utility Dive
November 12, 2020

» Reps. Schakowsky, Barragán Introduce Legislation to End Fossil Fuel Expansion and Protect Communities
By Collin Rees, Oil Change International
September 17, 2020

» Delayed Senate Energy Bill Promotes LNG Exports, ‘Clean Coal’ and Geoengineering
By Steve Horn, DeSmog Blog
March 11, 2020

» Act on Climate bill faces resistance in [RI] House Environment Committee
By Steve Ahlquist, Uprise RI
March 8, 2020

» Virginia Mandates 100% Clean Power by 2045
The Clean Economy Act will drive utility Dominion to procure gigawatts of solar, offshore wind and energy storage.
By Jeff St. John, GreenTech Media
March 6, 2020

» Over 570 Groups Endorse Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez’s Fracking Ban Act as ‘Essential and Urgent Climate Action’
“The path to a Green New Deal starts with bold action to restrict the supply of fossil fuels, and that is precisely why a ban on fracking is an absolute necessity.”
By Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams
February 20, 2020

» Massachusetts Senate passes economy-wide carbon pricing, net zero emissions target
By Tim Cronin, Climate XChange
January 31, 2020

» Sanders introduces bill to ban fracking
By Rachel Frazin, The Hill
January 30, 2020

» Energy Subcommittee Announces Oversight Hearing on the Natural Gas Act
By House Committee on Energy & Commerce
January 29, 2020

» Massachusetts AG Healey stokes grassroots effort for clean energy market rules in ISO-NE
By Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive
December 13, 2019

» A roadmap for combatting climate change
Let’s build on Global Warming Solutions Act
By Joan Meschino and Alyssa Rayman-Read, CommonWealth Magazine
October 26, 2019

» State Bills to Criminalize Peaceful Protest of Oil & Gas “Critical Infrastructure”
By Connor Gibson for Greenpeace USA
March 25, 2019

» Grid operator laments lack of action on carbon pricing
Says New England states uninterested; New York pushing ahead
By Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth Magazine
February 20, 2019

» Trump Eyes Action to Limit States’ Powers to Block Pipelines
By Ari Natter and Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg
January 24, 2019

» Supporters: Some state lawmakers drawn to ‘bold’ climate bill
By Matt Murphy, State House News Service, on Telegram.com
January 11, 2019

» Warning Of Flooded Cities, Spilka Puts Climate Change Atop To-Do List
By Matt Murphy, State House News Service – On WGBH Public Radio
January 9, 2019

» 14 New Massachusetts State Reps Support 100% Renewable Energy by 2050
By Guest Stacy Clark, DeSmog Blog
January 8, 2019

» Two MIT grads are goading Bob DeLeo with ballot measures in his district
By Joshua Miller, Boston Globe
October 26, 2018

» Senators Rafferty, Dinniman, Killion To Introduce Bipartisan Pipeline Siting Bill, 4 Other Pipeline-Related Bills Now On Senate Calendar
PA Environmental Digest Blog
October 2, 2018

» Activists Have A New Strategy To Block Gas Pipelines: State’s Rights
Jeff Brady, NPR
August 20, 2018

» Acadia Center Summary of 2018 Clean Energy Legislation in MA
By Acadia Center
August 15, 2018

» Mass. Legislature fails the environment
By Margery Eagan, Boston Globe Opinion
August 06, 2018

» Massachusetts Lawmakers Pass Bill that Opens New Prospects for Microgrids
By Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge
August 6, 2018

» Beyond Beacon Hill, citizens and civic leaders go big on clean energy (Guest viewpoint)
By Ben Hellerstein, MassLive Editorial
August 3, 2018

» Advocates hail passage of Massachusetts clean energy bill but want to take it further
Peter Maloney, Utility Dive
August 2, 2018

» Ben Downing: End Of Session
By Ben Downing, Commentary on WAMC Radio
July 31, 2018

» ‘Home energy scorecard’ idea pulled from Senate energy bill
By Mary C. Serreze, MassLive.com
June 22, 2018

» Massachusetts Senate passes ambitious clean energy bill
By Mary C. Serreze, MassLive.com
June 15, 2018

» State addresses mounting storm damage on Cape
By Doug Fraser, Cape Cod Times
April 26, 2018

» Moving toward Massachusetts’ 100 percent sustainable future
By Bryce Fricklas, BU Statehouse Program  / SouthCoast Today                   
March 31, 2018

» Ahead of Senate vote on Clean Energy Bill, Massachusetts is on the cusp of an energy revolution (viewpoint)
By State Sen. Eric P. Lesser, MassLive.com
March 20, 2018

» Baker-Polito Administration Files Legislation Committing Over $1.4 Billion to Climate Change, Environmental Protection, and Community Investments
Baker/Polito Administration Press Release
March 15, 2018

» Pacheco: Citizens will demand omnibus clean energy bill
By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / Lowellsun.com
February 13, 2018

» Mass. Senators Offer Plan To Accelerate
Clean Energy Growth
By Matt Murphy, State House News Service
February 12, 2018
» Onmibus Energy Bill Summary page
» Download the bill

Legislative Updates – March 2018

from Mass Power Forward

Months into 2018, urgency on climate change hasn’t dulled. In fact, with storms, blizzards, floods and power outages, the need for action is becoming ever-more visible. Fortunately, the legislature and governor are considering major action on climate and the environment. In the menatime, we need advocates to keep calling, calling, calling until the legislature acts!

A quick status report on Mass Power Forward priorities:

H2913/S426, the Environmental Justice Act, is now in the House Ways and Means committee. Funding for an environmental justice director also appears in the Governor’s budget proposal. Read more on environmental justice here.
Omnibus energy legislation, S2302, An act to promote a clean energy future is pending in Senate Ways and Means. Read a fact sheet on the omnibus energy bill here. Meanwhile, the Governor has filed an Environmental Bond Bill. The bond bill is focused on climate adaptation, but includes also policy changes on a number of energy and environmental issues. Bond bills have a long legislative process, but we’ll likely see a hearing scheduled soon in the Joint Committee on Environmental, Natural Resources and Agriculture soon.
Various bills on the Renewable Portfolio Standard and Solar (including H3396/S1831 An Act relative to solar power in environmental justice and urban communities Rep. Holmes / Sen. Chang-Diaz) are still pending in the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilties and Energy. These bills have a deadline of April 12. H3400, the “DPU reform bill,” was unfortunately sent to study, but its major components are included in the Senate omnibus legislation.

The House should be commended for acting on Environmental Justice and the Massachusetts Senate for advancing aggressive climate action. Your legislators can take action to advance both – urge them to speak up today! Let’s be sure the legislature acts before the session ends in July!