State reps, Greenfield woman testify on energy reporting bill
State Reps. Denise Andrews and Paul Mark joined Nancy Hazard of Greening Greenfield in testifying this week in support of legislation that would make public information utilities gather on home and commercial energy use.
“An Act Relative to Municipal Energy Use and Disclosure,” is currently being considered by the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
Filed by Andrews, D-Orange, the bill seeks to make available the types and percentages of fuels used to produce the energy and the amount of climate change emissions associated with energy production. The bill calls for aggregate data to be provided to the Department of Public Utilities, which in turn, would make it available on a public website.
House Bill 2910
House Bill 2910 “is really important,” said Hazard in a press statement released by Andrews. “It would put a very cost effective and powerful tool in the hands of citizen groups working in their communities to reduce residential energy use by requiring electric and gas utility companies to publish an annual report on average household energy use for each of the 351 communities in Massachusetts, and to report on progress of the Mass Save program.”
The data, which is useful to municipalities, town energy committees, and individuals working to reduce energy consumption, is already collected by utility companies, but can in some cases be difficult to obtain, according to Andrews. In addition to data on climate change emissions and energy use, the bill would also require reporting on the number of ratepayers inquiring about and participating in energy efficiency upgrades, the average cost of those upgrades, as well as the average reductions achieved through these measures.
More information on this bill is available on the Legislature’s website, www.malegislature.gov . Any individuals or community groups wishing to provide written testimony may do so by contacting the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy co-chairs, Senator Ben Downing and Representative John Keenan. Contact information for the committees may also be found on the Legislature’s website.