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Deval Patrick

Governor Deval Patrick Governor Deval Patrick
  • Governor Patrick signed the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), committing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to a multi-state effort to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and tackle global climate change.
  • At the signing, Governor Patrick also pledged to use the proceeds of the sale of emissions allowances to fund an aggressive program of energy savings for households and industry. In addition, he will prioritize the purchase of renewable energies for state agencies.
  • “Today, my Administration takes its first step to set Massachusetts on a new course toward a clean energy future,” said Governor Patrick. “Joining this pact and using the auction proceeds to fund an aggressive new energy-efficiency and peak-management initiative will pay dividends in three ways: We curb our greenhouse gas emissions, we create new economic development opportunities and we cut our energy costs.”
  • “Changes in the electricity market are creating new economic incentives for large scale energy efficiency initiatives and programs that cut electricity demand on peak days – the hottest days in the summer when lots of us are using air conditioners,” said Secretary of Environmental Affairs Ian Bowles. “The Governor wants to use these incentives – along with those created by RGGI – to drive down greenhouse gas emissions, drive down electricity costs, drive up energy efficiency, and strengthen reliability of the power system.”
  • The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is an effort undertaken by Northeast states to develop a market-based system for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants. On terms reached in December 2005, seven states – Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont – signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to participate in the RGGI system. Massachusetts – which had been involved in the development of RGGI – declined to sign the agreement at that time, as did Rhode Island.

 

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