Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order 9.20.21

Published: Sep 20, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today signed an executive order waiving the application of AB 361 until October 1, 2021, when the provisions of a prior executive order that established certain requirements for public agencies to meet remotely during the COVID-19 emergency will expire.

AB 361 extends the flexibilities provided in the Governor’s prior executive order to local and state bodies to hold public meetings electronically beyond the executive order’s September 30, 2021 expiration date. The order signed today specifies that for any meetings held to determine if remote meetings are justified beyond September 30, local legislative bodies must follow the statutory requirements established by AB 361.

Today’s action provides clarity for local legislative and state bodies about the applicable requirements for holding remote meetings.

The text of the Governor’s executive order can be found here.

 

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RIDOH and DEM Recommend Avoiding Contact with Flat River Reservoir (Johnson's Pond)

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are advising people to avoid contact with Flat River Reservoir (Johnson’s Pond) in Coventry due to a blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) bloom and associated toxins. The toxins can harm humans and animals.

People should be careful not to ingest water or eat fish from the pond. All recreation, including fishing, boating, and kayaking, should be avoided. Animals who may ingest pond water are especially at risk from exposure to the algal toxins, so owners should not allow pets to drink or swim in the water. The advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

Skin contact with water containing blue-green algae commonly causes irritation of the skin, nose, eyes, and/or throat. Common health effects associated with ingesting water containing algal toxins include stomach-ache, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. Rarer health effects include dizziness, headache, fever, liver damage, and nervous system damage. Young children and pets are at a particular risk for health effects associated with algal toxins. People who have had contact with pond waters and experience those symptoms should contact their healthcare provider.

If you come into contact with the water, rinse your skin with clean water as soon as possible and, when you get home, take a shower and wash your clothes. Similarly, if your pet comes into contact with the water, immediately wash your pet with clean water. Do not let the animal lick its fur. Call a veterinarian if your animal shows any symptoms of blue-green algae poisoning, including loss of energy, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, or any unexplained sickness that occurs within a day or so after being in contact with water. People are cautioned that toxins may persist in the water after the blue-green algae bloom is no longer visible.

Blue-green algae blooms may also be affecting other waterbodies in Rhode Island. People are advised to avoid contact with waterbodies that exhibit bright green coloration in the water or at the water surface and/or dense floating algal mats that form on the water’s surface. The water may look like green paint, thick pea soup, or green cottage cheese.

Please send reports of suspected blue-green algae blooms, along with photographs, if possible to DEM.OWRCyano@dem.ri.gov.


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COSMO Technologies Advances Family-First Tech Revolution With Launch of New Kids Smart Watch

COSMO JrTrack 2 Kids Smart Watch

JrTrack 2 Kids Smart Watch

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COSMO Technologies, Inc.

As demand grows for safe cell phone alternatives, COSMO's JrTrack 2 kids smart watch offers industry-leading features and affordability for families.

We see this as more than a new product – it’s really the next step in the family-first tech revolution.”

— Russell York

DENVER, COLORADO, UNITED STATES, September 20, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — COSMO Technologies, Inc., a leading technology design and manufacturing company for families, has released its latest product, the 4G-enabled JrTrack 2 Kids Smart Watch. The new device, with industry leading features and affordability, pushes forward a growing movement for "family first" technology that provides safe connection solutions for kids and parents.

The second generation JrTrack 2 is equipped with upgraded GPS tracking, 4G nationwide calling, voice and text messaging, stranger call blocking, pedometer, and more, all at a retail price of just $59.99. With its array of fully-enhanced features and price point well below other 4G connected kids devices, the JrTrack 2 provides families a safe and affordable cell phone alternative for kids ages 5-12 years old.

“We are thrilled to be launching an amazing new product to help families stay safe and connected without compromise,” said Russell York, COSMO’s Founder and CEO. “Parents and kids today need better solutions that are built with families in mind. We see this as more than a new product – it’s really the next step in the family-first tech revolution.”

The release follows the standout success of COSMO’s first-generation JrTrack, which quickly soared to the #1 best seller spot for kids smart watches on Amazon earlier this year. COSMO secured pre-seed funding in June and the company continues to grow and develop new landmark, family-focused technology products. COSMO plans to launch a safe smartphone for kids later this year.

COSMO’s growth comes in the midst of rising concern about the dangerous impact that screen time, social media, and online content can have on young children. A growing body of research signaling alarm has caused soaring interest from parents and families in traditional smartphone alternatives for kids.

— 53% of kids in the US today have a smartphone by the age of 11 (Common Sense Media)
— Kids between the ages of 5-8 average over three hours per day on a screen (Common Sense Media)
— 82% of parents say they are concerned about their kids’ screen time (Parents Together Action)
— Reports of child online exploitation have risen dramatically since the start of the coronavirus pandemic (WSJ)
— Numerous recent studies suggest strong correlation between social media usage, screen time, and increased risk of depression in adolescents (ABC News)

“COSMO is all about family connection that doesn't sacrifice safety,” says COSMO’s Co-Founder and COO Michelle Ross. “More parents than ever are looking for alternatives in our current digital world that puts kids at risk to maximize clicks, screen time, and attention grabbing content.”

The JrTrack 2 comes with a fully redesigned and upgraded app called COSMO: Mission Control. The app, available on iOS and Android, allows parents or guardians to track their child’s location in real time, set custom safe zones and alerts, approve trusted contacts, set step goals, and more. The JrTrack 2 is also fully COPPA compliant, meeting the highest U.S. standards for child online safety and data protection.

COSMO’s founders call it a “cyber-safety belt” for families to navigate an increasingly dangerous digital world.

“It’s the perfect tool for giving parents peace of mind,” says York. “Kids need the freedom to be kids again, and parents need the confidence to know they can always be there for them.”

To learn more about COSMO, visit www.cosmotogether.com and follow on social media.

Media Contacts:

Russell York – Co-Founder & CEO
Russell@cosmotogether.com

Ryan Gilles – Director of Brand & Marketing
ryan@cosmosmartwatch.com

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Watch for deer and wildlife on highways; they're on the move

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The Wyoming Department of Transportation is cautioning drivers about an increase in wildlife/vehicle collisions and other wildlife crossing highways.

An increase in Wyoming wildlife/vehicle collisions normally occurs in the fall and winter months, partially due to migration and shorter daylight hours. This wet spring, the extremely hot and dry summer, and green grass in the state right-of-way seems to be encouraging deer and other wildlife to move toward and across highways, according to WYDOT District Engineer Pete Hallsten of Basin.

“Our maintenance personnel are seeing an increase in dead deer. Be extra careful,” Hallsten said. “Hitting a deer can also be a very costly expense, and sometimes it can be a life-threatening incident.”

 

WYDOT offers tips for avoiding wildlife/vehicle crashes:

— Avoid swerving your vehicle; swerving may cause drivers to lose control of their vehicle, which may result in a more serious incident;

— Pay attention to changes in habitat types along roadways. Creek bottoms and where agricultural fields meet trees are prime areas for wildlife to cross roadways;

— Deer are herd animals; if you see one, watch for more;

— Deer crossing signs show where high levels of deer/vehicle crashes have occurred in the past;

— Pay extra attention when driving at dawn and dusk when animals are most active;

— When you see deer, activate your vehicle’s horn several times and flick your headlights (if no oncoming traffic is present), and reduce your speed. The horn and flicking lights may spook the deer into running across the road, so remember to reduce your speed;

— Wear your seat belt, use appropriate child safety seats and drive at a safe speed; driving slower at dawn and dusk may help you avoid a collision;

— If possible, use your high-beam headlights as much as possible; watch for the shining eyes.

If you hit a deer or other species of wildlife:

— Slow down, pull to the highway shoulder and turn on the emergency flashers;

— Don’t worry about the animal. Law enforcement and WYDOT will arrange to have the animal removed from the roadway or shoulder. Tell the dispatcher if the animal is still in the roadway when you’re calling for help;

— If possible, remain buckled up in your vehicle, protecting yourself and your passengers in the event there is a secondary crash involving another vehicle;

— If you and/or your passengers must exit your vehicle, stand as far off the roadway as possible;

— To report a crash, call the Wyoming Highway Patrol at 1-800-442-9090.

“It doesn’t matter if you, the driver, are traveling on rural roads or busy highways, the threat of hitting a deer or other wild animal is very real,” Hallsten said. “All drivers should take extra precautions this time of the year to enhance safety while traveling on our highways.”

 

 


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Memorandum: Executive Order 21-210, Extension of Executive Order 21-148

MEMORANDUM

 

DATE:             September 20, 2021

 

TO:                  Interested Media

 

FROM:            Taryn Fenske, Communications Director, Executive Office of the Governor

 

RE:                  Executive Order 21-210, Extension of Executive Order 21-148

 

Good evening,

 

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 21-210 to extend Executive Order 21-148 which provides assistance for the families impacted by the Surfside tragedy.

 

A PDF of Executive Order 21-210 is available here.

A PDF of Executive Order 21-148 is available here.

 

 

STATE OF FLORIDA

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 21-210

(Emergency Management- Extension of Executive Order 21-148 – Miami-Dade County)

 

WHEREAS, on June 24, 2021, I issued Executive Order 21-148, subsequently extended, declaring a state of emergency in Miami-Dade County in response to the major structural building collapse at 8777 Collins Avenue in Surfside, Florida; and

WHEREAS, the cause of the structural building collapse remains unknown, and recovery efforts in Surfside are ongoing and require the continued support of the State of Florida; and

WHEREAS, the State of Florida continues to implement budgetary response efforts to help Floridians to the greatest extent possible; and

WHEREAS, as Governor of Florida, I am committed to providing all available resources and assistance for the Surfside community to cope with this terrible disaster.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RON DESANTIS, as Governor of Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section I (a) of the Florida Constitution and by the Florida Emergency Management Act, as amended, and all other applicable laws, promulgate the following Executive Order, to take immediate effect:

Section 1. The state of emergency declared in Miami-Dade County and all provisions of Executive Order 21-148 are renewed for sixty (60) days following the date of this Executive Order.

Section 2. Executive Orders 21-160 and 21-199 are incorporated herein by reference and all provisions of Executive Order 21-160 are renewed for sixty (60) days following the date of this Executive Order.

Section 3. All actions taken by the Director of the Division of Emergency Management as the State Coordinating Officer with respect to this emergency before the issuance of this Executive Order are ratified, and he is directed to continue to execute the State of Florida Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan and other response, recovery, and mitigation plans necessary to cope with this emergency.

Section 4. Except as amended herein, Executive Orders 21-148 and 21-160 are ratified and reaffirmed.

Section 5. This Executive Order is effective immediately.

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Governor Dunleavy Responds To Decrease in Crime Rate in 2020 Crime in Alaska Report

(Anchorage)  – Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy today issued the following statement in regard to the 2020 Crime in Alaska report that shows a decrease in Alaska’s overall crime rate by 18.5%.  The total number of reported violent crimes decreased by 3.7% and the number of property crimes decreased by 22.9%, the lowest total number of reported property offenses since 1974.  The overall total number of reported offenses were at their lowest level since 1975.

“Public safety in Alaska has been the top priority for my administration since the first day I took office. I immediately began work to repeal and replace SB 91 with crime legislation that makes sense and protects Alaskans,” said Governor Mike Dunleavy. “And while the decline in crime rate numbers is a testament to the great work law enforcement and partners across the state are doing, we will not stop until sexual assaults and domestic violence are no longer a problem in our communities. I will continue with my plan to remove sexual predators and violent offenders from the streets in Alaska by immediately collecting 100% of the DNA owed in all authorized cases going forward and by collecting DNA from another 20,022 offenders who owe the State a sample of their DNA under State law through the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Corrections. My directive remains to reduce the sexual assault kit testing and processing times to 90 days and increasing funds to add more staff and resources to achieve that goal.”

According to state law, anyone who is arrested or convicted for crimes against a person or a certain felony must provide DNA. Over the last 25 years, thousands of lawfully owed DNA samples were not collected in Alaska for various reasons.

DPS has cleared the backlog of previously unsubmitted, untested sexual assault kits from Alaska State Trooper cases and is nearing completion on untested sexual assault kits from all law enforcement agencies in Alaska. The governor’s plan includes the use of software and a tracking database to allow survivors and agencies involved in sexual assault response the ability to track the status and location of sexual assault evidence kits.

Governor Mike Dunleavy’s Omnibus Crime Bill, HB 49, was passed and signed into law seven months after he took office. The legislation repealed and replaced SB 91, and enacted timeframes for submission and testing. The law now requires that law enforcement notify the victims from which a kit was collected, that testing has been completed.

Governor Dunleavy will request the legislature appropriate $1.1 million of ARPA funds for this initiative, to be used in conjunction with $900,000 in existing Department of Public Safety funding for necessary resources. He also intends to introduce legislation next session to directly address sexual assaults and violent offenses.

Click here for the Department of Public Safety’s Combined SNA Index System (CODIS) Report.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions on the DNA Collection and Sexual Assault Kit testing directives.

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ARCIS GOLF ACQUIRES GENTLE CREEK COUNTRY CLUB WITH MAJOR INVESTMENTS PLANNED

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TEXAS EXPANSION CONTINUES IN THRIVING DALLAS-FORT WORTH MARKET

DALLAS, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, September 20, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Fresh on the heels of the August acquisition of six Mickelson Golf Properties in Arizona as well as the early September purchase of The Golf Club at Twin Creeks in Allen, Texas, Arcis Golf, the second-largest and fastest-growing owner and operator of golf facilities in the United States, has now added Gentle Creek Country Club in Prosper, Texas to its portfolio.

The purchase of this highly regarded Dallas-based private golf club closed on September 20. The company assumes ownership and operation on September 21. Gentle Creek becomes Arcis Golf's 66th property under management, 21st in Texas, and 12th in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

"Gentle Creek is an exceptional private club, and we are thrilled to be expanding our footprint within the DFW metroplex,” said Blake Walker, Founder, and CEO of Arcis Golf. “The addition of Gentle Creek to our collection of clubs is consistent with our growth strategy and builds upon our irreplaceable and differentiated club offering within the market."

Gentle Creek Country Club—part of Gentle Creek Estates, an upscale residential golf-and-lifestyle community—has received numerous course accolades and hosted multiple PGA Tour and USGA qualifiers over the years. Its D.A. Weibring-designed, parkland-style golf course meanders through 235 acres of gently rolling terrain and wooded countryside. It features subtle elevation changes, strategic bunkering, generous landing areas, and a feeling of movement throughout the course.

Arcis Golf plans to make a significant investment in the clubhouse and course infrastructure, continuing its practice of operating its clubs at the highest standards to deliver extraordinary experiences for its members and guests. "Our vision is to further enhance Gentle Creek's rich legacy through targeted capital reinvestment and a firm commitment to expanding the breadth and scope of family-centric amenities and services," according to Rob Larkin, Senior Vice President of Operations for Arcis Golf.

Gentle Creek complements other Arcis-owned private club properties across Texas such as Lantana Golf Club (Dallas), The Dominion Country Club (San Antonio), and Onion Creek Club (Austin).

Arcis Golf is known for innovative management, with a best-in-class leadership team that is reinventing the modern club experience, making it more relevant to the lifestyles of today's consumers. In addition, the company is committed to enhancing service levels, amenities, programming, and content to broaden the appeal for members and guests at all its properties.

Over the past few years, Arcis Golf has invested more than $75 million in upgrades, amenities, personnel, training, and systems to maximize the growth and future success of its collection of private, resort, and daily-fee clubs throughout the United States.

The company has received numerous honors, including ranking on the Inc. Magazine 5000 list of the nation's fastest-growing companies (2017, 2018) and a National Golf Foundation "Top 100 Businesses in Golf" (2018, 2020). In addition, in 2018, CEO Blake Walker was recognized by EY as the Entrepreneur Of The Year® in the hospitality category.

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About Arcis Golf
Arcis Golf is the premier operator of nearly 70 public and private golf clubs in the United States and an industry leader, providing dynamic direction and unrivaled amenities that complement diverse playing experiences. Arcis Golf properties enhance the golf and country club lifestyle to a level of excellence designed to exceed the needs and expectations of family, friends, co-workers, and guests of all ages. Headquarters: 13727 Noel Road, Ste. 1000, Dallas, TX 75240. Phone: (214) 722-6000. Website: www.arcisgolf.com

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Monthly Public Board Meeting Set for Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The IUB’s monthly public meeting to discuss agency issues and help inform the public and utility industry stakeholders about various dockets and functions of the Board will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in the Hearing Room at the IUB Office, 1375 E. Court Ave., Des Moines.

Due to ongoing health concerns regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the IUB encourages customers, stakeholders, and the general public to use virtual options for all identified meetings, workshops, or proceedings.  

Virtual options will be available for this meeting. A video livestream of the meeting will begin at 8:55 a.m. The meeting can also be viewed via a Webex and attendees are encouraged to register in advance. 

AGENDA 

9 a.m. Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Hearing Room, 1375 E. Court Ave., Des Moines, IA 

  1. Call to Order
  2. Consent Items

    1. Board Meeting Minutes
    2. Notification of Board Orders
    3. Delinquent Payments
  3. Action Items

    1. E-21301: ITC Midwest LLC – Regarding Amendment of Franchise
    2. E-21336: ITC Midwest LLC – Regarding Amendment of Franchise
    3. E-21342: Northeast Missouri Electric Power Cooperative – Regarding Extension of Franchise
    4. E-21352: ITC Midwest LLC – Regarding Extension of Franchise
    5. E-21353: ITC Midwest LLC – Regarding Extension of Franchise
    6. E-22445: Ledyard Windpower LLC – Regarding New Franchise
    7. EPB-2020-0150: Interstate Power and Light Company – Regarding EPB Update, Settlement Agreement, and Confidential Treatment
  4. Discussion Items

    1. Rules Review
    2. Monthly Financials
    3. Litigation Update
    4. RMU-2020-0027: Chapter 27  Regulation of Municipal Utilities and Electric Cooperatives
    5. RPU-2019-0002: Interstate Power and Light Company  Subsequent Proceeding
    6. EFS Enhancement for KMZ Files
    7. FY 2022 Estimated Assessments
  5. Deliberations

    1. E-22401: MidAmerican Energy Closed Session Pursuant to Iowa Code § 21.5(1)(f)(2021)
    2. RPU-2021-0001, TF-2021-0016: MidAmerican Energy Closed Session Pursuant to Iowa Code § 21.5(1)(f)(2021)
  6. Other Business
  7. Public Comments
  8. Adjournment: Next meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, August 17, 2021

SCHEDULING CONFERENCE

       RPU-2021-0002, TF-2021-0044, TF-2021-0045: Black Hills Energy 

The Board welcomes public comment at the end of the meeting. The public comment process requires individuals to sign up in advance on the list located on the table outside of the hearing room, and for the sign-in information to be legible, in addition to providing a full name, state of residence and contact information. Public comments cannot address contested matters (open dockets) pending before the Board.

To assure the meeting is orderly, meeting attendees are required to comply with the following:

  • No signs or placards will be permitted in the hearing room and the audience is expected to remain quiet and refrain from interrupting the meeting.
  • Persons attending the meeting should behave in a respectful manner that allows all comments to be heard.
  • Mobile phones and other electronic devices must be turned off or set to silent mode. Persons answering phone calls must do so outside of the hearing room.
  • Meeting attendees are free to come and go as they wish, provided the meeting is not disrupted.

Persons with disabilities requiring assistive services or devices to observe or participate should contact the Iowa Utilities Board at 515.725.7300 at least 24 hours in advance of the scheduled meeting to request arrangements. For more information, email iub@iub.iowa.gov.


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Governor Baker Signs Executive Order Establishing First-in-the-Nation Commission on Clean Heat 

BOSTONBuilding on the Baker-Polito Administration’s national leadership on climate change and its commitment to achieving Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050, Governor Charlie Baker today signed an Executive Order which establishes a Commission on Clean Heat to advise the Administration on strategies and policies to achieve deep emissions reductions from the use of heating fuels in the Commonwealth. The Commission, the first-of-its-kind in the United States, will establish a framework for a long-term decline in emissions from heating fuels, consistent with the findings from the Administration’s 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap, and help the Commonwealth meet the ambitious emissions reduction targets signed into law by Governor Baker in March 2021. The Executive Order was signed as the Administration celebrates Climate Week in Massachusetts.

“Recognizing the urgent challenge presented by climate change and the need to reduce emissions, our Administration is convening this first-of-its-kind commission to help the Commonwealth meet our emissions reduction goals,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “By soliciting the expertise of leaders with a variety of perspectives, including the affordable housing community, we can ensure that the strategies and policies we pursue to reduce emissions from heating fuels will be innovative, affordable, and equitable.”

“Massachusetts has ambitious climate goals, and we will need to pursue innovative solutions to reduce emissions from our heating fuels, keep costs low, and deliver lasting benefits to our communities,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “The Commission on Clean Heat will reflect a diversity of expertise that will be crucial in developing the forward-thinking policies we need to achieve our nation-leading emissions reduction targets.”

The Commission will be chaired by Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides, or a designee appointed by the Secretary, and shall include up to 22 additional members recommended by the Secretary and appointed by the Governor. The Commission will reflect a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds from outside stakeholders, including representatives from the fields of affordable housing, energy efficient building design and construction, healthcare, heating system design and technology, real estate, and heating fuel distribution.

Once appointed, the Commission will meet regularly, advise the Governor on a framework for long-term greenhouse gas emission reductions from heating fuels, and provide policy recommendations to help the Commonwealth meet the requirements of the Global Warming Solutions Act. In March 2021, Governor Baker signed nation-leading climate legislation that commits the Commonwealth to reducing emissions below 1990 levels by 50% by 2030, 75% by 2040, and to achieve Net Zero emissions by 2050. 

“By working directly with stakeholders and soliciting a variety of perspectives, Massachusetts will be in a stronger position to develop innovative policies and solutions to cost-effectively reduce emissions from heating homes and buildings,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “The Executive Order signed by Governor Baker today once again puts Massachusetts on the leading edge of climate action in the U.S. by taking a deliberate, collaborative and thoughtful approach to decarbonizing our buildings sector.”

“Transitioning our buildings sector to a clean, resilient, and affordable future will require an unprecedented level of ambition, planning, and ultimately energy efficiency and clean energy deployment. Massachusetts has led the nation in bold and innovative energy policy and today’s Executive Order signed by Governor Baker embarks our state in another chapter of our climate leadership with a singular focus on clean building policies,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Patrick Woodcock. “In order to achieve our long-term climate goals, we will need to make significant investments to lower emissions from our buildings sector through energy efficiency and clean energy and this new Commission starts the process with collaboration, deliberation, and analysis that will set that foundation.”

Aligned with the Administration’s 2050 Roadmap report, the Commission will develop policy recommendations to accelerate the deployment of energy efficiency programs and clean heating systems in new and existing buildings and transition existing distribution systems to clean energy.  The Commission’s focus will include financing mechanisms, incentives, and other regulatory options including a framework for a cap on greenhouse gas emissions from heating fuels.  As it develops its suite of recommendations, the Commission will also consider the various benefits of any policy proposal as well as affordability, equity, costs, and how it works within specific regional circumstances.

“As we continue to tackle the dual challenges of economic recovery and the housing crisis, I am pleased that we will have a Commission comprised of leaders with varied perspectives to deliberate on this important topic,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy. “We look forward to the conversations and strategies that will come out of this collaborative effort.”

The Commission will provide Governor Baker with a set of policy recommendations by November 30, 2022 that will sustainably reduce the use of heating fuels and minimize emissions from the building sector while ensuring costs and opportunities arising from such reductions are distributed equitably. 

The Executive Order also establishes an Interagency Building Decarbonization Task Force to support the work of the Commission. The Task Force will consist of subject-matter experts from across the Executive Branch, including the Department of Energy Resources and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.

The Executive Order advances the Baker-Polito Administration’s commitment to take aggressive action on climate change and achieve Net Zero emissions in 2050. On December 30, 2020, the Administration released two reports – the Massachusetts 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap Report and an interim 2030 Clean Energy and Climate Plan (CECP) – that detail policies and strategies to equitably and cost-effectively reduce emissions and combat climate change. The Commission on Clean Heat was identified by the Administration as a critical tool in the effort to reduce emissions from heating fuels. The heating of buildings currently accounts for nearly one third of statewide greenhouse gas emissions in Massachusetts.

During this year’s Climate Week in Massachusetts, the Baker-Polito Administration is highlighting its commitment to reducing emissions, mitigating the impacts of climate change, and building a more resilient Commonwealth. Throughout Climate Week, the Administration is holding events to spotlight important initiatives including offshore wind, land protection and conservation, the Greening the Gateway Cities program, and the expansion of clean energy in the Commonwealth. The Administration is also highlighting the urgent demand for funding to support climate resiliency in Massachusetts, and Governor Baker’s plan to immediately put to use part of Commonwealth’s direct federal aid from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to support critical priorities in cities and towns. The Administration’s plan would commit $900 million to key energy and environmental initiatives, including $400 million to modernize critical water infrastructure and $300 million to support local climate resilience projects.

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