BOSTON—Senator Jamie Eldridge yesterday was awarded the ‘Clean Energy Champion’ Award by the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) for consistently taking the lead in advancing clean energy throughout the Commonwealth. The award recognized lawmakers for their efforts to drive the clean energy revolution in Massachusetts at the Second Annual Massachusetts Clean Energy Day hosted at the State House.
“I am extremely proud to receive this award and to have the opportunity to promote environmentally sensible policies that accelerate the growth of clean energy and power every region of the Commonwealth,” said Senator Eldridge. “The clean energy movement has undeniably taken root in Massachusetts through the rapid expansion of clean energy technologies, companies and projects that will create first-rate job opportunities and lasting economic growth for families in Massachusetts.”
Following the ceremony, numerous NECEC member companies representing every sector of the clean energy industry met with legislators, including Senator Eldridge, to express support for clean energy legislation and to accelerate the clean energy industry.
“Senator Eldridge, in his time in the House and Senate, has been a strong leader for clean energy and environmental policies,” said NECEC President Peter Rothstein. “His role as Vice Chair on the Global Warming and Climate Change Committee and Co-chair of the Green Economy Caucus has allowed him to take the lead on new legislation to help grow the industry and a clean economy for the Commonwealth.”
“Senator Eldridge and I have worked on many clean energy issues over the years and he is always a tireless and passionate partner in these endeavors,” said Representative Frank Smizik, also a recipient of a Clean Energy Champion award yesterday. “By working across both chambers, the legislature has made lasting progress in building a clean energy economy and bringing innovative businesses to Massachusetts.”
Last session, S 2395 An Act Relative to Competitively Priced Electricity was signed into law last August, which will strengthen Massachusetts’ commitment to clean, renewable energy sources and programs. It will lower the cost of electricity and promote investment in clean energy, ultimately benefiting the consumer, economy and the environment.
The new law includes an important provision to help expand net-metering programs in Massachusetts and double the net-metering cap, enabling more Massachusetts residents to invest in solar power and ultimately bolstering the clean energy industry. This provision is based on An Act Improving Neighborhood Solar and Net-Metering in the Commonwealth, filed last session by Senator Eldridge.
This session, Senator Eldridge filed the following bills to accelerate the growth of clean energy in Massachusetts:
S 1479 An Act Promoting the Use of Total Energy Impact Analysis would require that new construction or major renovation projects in state buildings measure the energy implications of all resources used.
S1584 An Act Creating a Grant Program for Municipal and Regional Energy Efficiency Managers would authorize the green communities grant program to finance all or a portion of the salaries of municipal or regional green community officers, who could be hired by municipalities or through regional planning agencies to develop, coordinate, and monitor comprehensive energy use reduction plans and provide assistance to municipal staff, elected officials, the public, businesses, schools, and community.
S 1585 An Act Relative to Energy Efficiency Funds Generated by Municipal Lighting Plants ensure that all monies funneled into Forward Capacity Market, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and NOx Programs from municipal lighting plants be returned to such municipal lighting plants to be used in their own energy efficiency programs.
The New England Clean Energy Council is the lead voice for hundreds of clean energy companies across New England, influencing the energy policy agenda and growing the clean energy economy. The NECEC mission is to accelerate New England’s clean energy economy to global leadership by building an active community of stakeholders and a world-class cluster of clean energy companies.
NECEC is the only organization in New England that covers all of the clean energy market segments, representing the business perspectives of investors and clean energy companies across every stage of development. Council members span the broad spectrum of the clean energy industry, including energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy, combined heat and power, energy storage, fuel cells and advanced and “smart” technologies. Our ranks also include venture investors, major financial institutions, universities, industry associations, utilities, labor and large commercial end-users.