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[Hearing] "Net Zero" Stretch Energy Code
Tuesday, March 08, 2022, 03:00pm - 05:00pm
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Why it's important to attend this virtual hearing (and the one tomorrow as well), according to Sen. Mike Barrett:

The 2021 Climate Act orders the Executive branch to promulgate a local opt-in "net zero" stretch energy code for newly constructed buildings.  If implemented well, it will be a game-changer, a leap forward for climate policy.

Now, almost a year on, the Baker administration has gone public with an effort that disappoints, profoundly, in two respects. 

First, they set out to kneecap public scrutiny.  The Legislature commanded five public hearings, so the Administration has packed all five into a single week -- starting last Wednesday, and including last Friday evening.

Second, they take an anti-competitive stand in favor of natural gas.  Contrary to legislative expectations, the Administration's straw proposal -- or, rather, its PowerPoint stand-in -- bars municipalities from opting for all-electric in new construction.  The PowerPoint is linked here

Don't let them muffle city and town voices and cut off our choices.  If you can, turn out to this week’s sessions and testify. Anyone can testify on either day, regardless of where in MA you live.  

To register, click this link: Southeastern Region 

Written comments will also be accepted until 5 pm on March 9th at:

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  •  use subject line “Stretch Code Straw Proposal Comments”

To submit questions or to sign up to give public comment at a hearing please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the title ‘Comment for Public Hearing’ and include your name, organizational affiliation and municipality where you work or reside, as applicable. There will be four regional hearings and one additional hearing dedicated for Environmental Justice communities statewide. At each regional hearing comments and questions from participants from communities in the designated region will be prioritized. Visit the Green Communities webpage to find out which region your community is in.

Location  online, please register in advance