House Passes Representative Benson’s Energy Efficiency Bill

BOSTON – Last week, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed Representative Jennifer Benson’s bill, An Act Relative to Energy Efficiency.

The legislation updates the Green Communities Act, passed in 2008, to include more energy efficiency technologies. This will allow homeowners access to more energy efficiency options so they can save money and reduce their carbon footprints.

“This bill will allow homeowners to leverage the revolutionary gains made in energy efficiency and renewables in the past ten years,” said Representative Benson. “Removing existing barriers and allowing consumers access to a broader range of technologies will ensure that Massachusetts remains number one in the country when it comes to energy efficiency.”

The House also passed three other energy bills:

  • 4737, An Act Relative to Expanding Resource Efficiency in the Commonwealth
  • 4739, An Act to Improve Grid Resiliency Through Energy Storage
  • 4738, An Act to Increase Renewable Energy and Reduce High-Cost Peak Hours

A conference committee has been appointed to reconcile these and Representative Benson’s bill with energy legislation passed by the Senate.