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What we are doing for you

A Few Things NEHPBA Accomplished in 2020:

  • Board of Building Regulations & Standards, MA (BBRS) - State Wide NetZero Building code - Testified at Public Hearing and submitted written comments. Got BBRS to "stay" the vote in Nov 2019 and to vote AGAINST in May 2020, removing this completely from the agenda.
  • A MCSG/NEHPBA Members-Only webinar with David Ismay, former Undersecretary of Climate Initiative to Governor Baker re the path to Net-Zero – this is the highest government official we have ever had the ear of one-on-one for a 1-hour conversation.
  • MA Attorney General Healy voted against the Brookline, MA city-wide gas ban - Submitted written testimony on behalf of our members and initiated a letter-writing/email campaign to the MA AG in July 2020.
  • MA S.2842 State-Wide Gas Ban Legislative Amendment we had overturned through a phone call/email campaign by our members.
  • Overturned MA amendment 61 to House Climate Bill that had removed language about improving greenhouse emissions through the use of biomass/wood/proper forestation - email writing campaign for members to Massachusetts House of Reps.

What we are working on Right Now in 2021:

  • Publishing regular press releases on "energy diversity and security".
  • Submitted comments on the MA Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2030
  • We are closely monitoring building code legislation at the BBRS as well as the MA Department of Public Utilities investigation into the state’s reliance on natural gas, a directive from the MA Attorney General’s Office.
  • Closely monitoring legislation calling for greater accountability in the utility sector in CT.
  • Submitted public comments on gas ban legislation in Burlington, VT, NY, Portland/South Portland, ME and MA.
  • NEHPBA was integral in the writing and editing of the MCSE letter to the conferees and to Governor Baker regarding the MA Climate Bill.
  • Recently submitted a comment letter on behalf of our members to the Conference Committee and to Governor Baker regarding the MA Climate Bill as well as to the Portland/South Portland City Councils on the One Climate Future Legislation.
  • Submitted comments on MA Clean Environment Climate Plan Roadmap for 2030.
  • 3/9 we offered testimony - MA Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2030
  • 2/26 we submitted testimony on RI H5445 the 2021 act on climate Update: Held for further study.
  • 2/18 we testified in support of CT SB 152 to allow electronic delivery of delivery tickets - Update: Bill is moving forward. 2/18 we offered comments in support CT HB 6412 a biofuels bill to educate the committee about the importance of energy diversity.
  • 2/12 we testified in opposition of NH HB 172 a GHG climate bill.
  • 2/12 we testified in support of NH HB 399 a bill to change the focus of NH's energy consumption reduction goal to GHG emissions rather than fossil fuels. Update: Killed in committee
  • 2/8 we testified in support of NH SB 86 a bill to protect propane from state bans.
  • 2/9 we testified in opposition of NH SB 115 a GHG climate bill.
  • 2/10 we testified in opposition to CT HB 6386 a product stewardship bill for gas cylinders.
  • Submitted comments on the VT Comprehensive Energy Plan Update
  • Sent introductory and welcome letters to all state legislators in all 7 states

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