2007-2008

The Green Communities Act, Chapter 169

Signed into law July 2, 2008. Increases opportunities for energy efficiency and renewable generation, aligns Massachusetts building code with the International Energy Conservation Code, and provides new programs for municipal clean energy development.

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The Green Jobs Act

Signed into law August 13, 2008. Funds clean energy educational opportunities, allows for the creation of a Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Institute at a state college, and an Entrepreneurial Fellowship program to assist business developers entering the clean energy field.

The Global Warming Solutions Act, Chapter 298

Signed into law July 7, 2008. Requires Massachusetts to develop programs, policies, and regulations to ensure a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to at least 10% below 1990 levels by 2020. The 2020 reduction may be increased by up to 25% below 1990 after administrative hearings.

The Massachusetts Stretch Code to the State's Base Energy Code

Adds optional requirements and benefits for communities that adopt it. Will go into effect in 2010. See an overview of the benefits and requirements for communities of the Stretch Code.

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