Massachusetts Legislature passes sweeping clean energy bill

State Rep. Natalie Higgins

The Massachusetts Legislature passed a sweeping clean energy bill, “An Act driving clean energy and offshore wind,” bolstering green transportation, green buildings and clean power production, including offshore wind, solar, storage and networked geothermal, while creating thousands of new jobs and economic benefits in the process. This builds upon the Next Generation Climate Roadmap bill, which passed earlier this session and overhauled the state’s climate laws, putting Massachusetts on a path to reach net-zero limit on greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Offshore wind

To incentivize the development of the offshore wind industry, this legislation establishes a Massachusetts Offshore Wind Industry Investment Program. It also creates the Massachusetts Offshore Wind Industry Investment Trust Fund, which can be used to promote the manufacture, fabrication, and assembly of domestic supply chain components of the offshore wind industry; stimulate increased financing for permanent manufacturing facilities; advance clean energy research, technology, and innovation; and prepare individuals for offshore wind careers by supporting workforce training at a range of educational institutions and through regional employment boards.

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