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Climate Change Action - Massachusetts

Organization(s) Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description Part of the $14.8 million generated by the December 2008 auction of Massachusetts GHG emissions allowances will be used to support the development of a new energy efficiency industry. The bulk of these proceeds will be allocated for jobs and energy cost savings similar to the funds generated by the first Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) auction in September 2008. The $13.3 million from that first auction has been deployed to support expanded energy efficiency programs operated by electric and natural gas utilities, heating system upgrades for low-income households, start-up of the Green Communities Division of the Department of Energy Resources, as well as vendor costs associated with participating in the allowance auction.

In addition to these priorities, the new auction funds will support an Energy Efficiency Skills and Innovation Initiative. This new initiative will facilitate the growth of an energy efficiency industry that is expanding under the mandates and incentives of the Green Communities Act but lacks the capacity in organization, workforce, and scale to take advantage of all available opportunities to save consumers and businesses money. For more information, visit: www.mass.gov/dep/.

Motorists in Massachusetts will soon have an easy way to identify new vehicles that help cut down on smog and GHG emissions. Starting with model year 2010 vehicles, an "Emission Performance Label" will be affixed to the driver's side window so that consumers will have information they can use to choose the most environmentally friendly vehicle that meets their transportation needs. Massachusetts is among the first states proposing to adopt the label developed by California under its Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV) program.

The label, which is identical to the one developed by California, scores each vehicle's smog and global warming emissions on a scale from 1-10, with the highest scores being the cleanest vehicles. The smog score is based on the smog-forming emissions from the vehicle's operations. The Global Warming score covers the emissions of GHG - carbon dioxide and other pollutants - from the vehicle's operation and fuel production. The average new car has a score of five on both scales. The labeling requirement will go into effect early next year following a public comment period.

More Info www.mass.gov/dep/public/publiche.htm
 
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Areas of P2 Expertise Energy Efficiency
Industrial Sectors Auto Body
Activity Keywords Policy/Legislative, Research and development
 
Source
Newsletter Northeast Assistance & Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 19 No. 1, Spring 2009 [PDF]

 

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