Boston (October 13, 2023) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate, and Nuclear Safety, today celebrated an announcement from the Department of Energy that Massachusetts will receive nearly $1 million in federal funding to develop clean energy infrastructure. This funding was awarded through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program created through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
Of these funds, Boston will receive $659,900 to create a Building Decarbonization Advisory Program, which will assist residents with enhancing energy efficiency, decarbonizing their homes, and complying with the City’s standards.
Littleton will receive $300,000 to collaborate with five local electric utilities, the Beneficial Electrification League, and the Northeast Public Power Association to launch a clean energy program. The program will help six Massachusetts municipal utilities transition to 100 percent clean energy while advancing their communities towards net-zero emissions by 2050.
“Massachusetts is the home of the American Revolution, and we’ll be the home of America’s clean energy revolution,” said Senator Markey. “With nearly a million in federal funding, we are supporting Massachusetts families in upgrading and decarbonizing their homes – all while electrifying and transitioning our Commonwealth to clean energy. Together, we can reduce carbon emissions to zero, protect environmental justice communities, and save our planet.”
Senator Markey, co-author of the Green New Deal and co-chair of the Senate Climate Change Task Force, has been a longtime advocate for developing clean energy infrastructure. Last month, Senator Markey and Representative Jamaal Bowman (NY-16) introduced the Green New Deal for Public Schools Act, legislation that would invest $1.6 trillion over the next decade in public and Bureau of Indian Education schools to revitalize the K-12 education system, upgrade every public school building in the country, and reduce hazardous pollution. In August, Senator Markey introduced the Granting Resources for Eliminating Emissions Now in (GREEN) Hospitals Act to protect health facilities from climate disaster. In July, Senator Markey and Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) and Greg Casar (TX-35) reintroduced the Connecting Hard-to-reach Areas with Renewably Generated Energy (CHARGE) Act, comprehensive legislation that would lay the groundwork for America’s clean energy revolution by advancing critical electric infrastructure to strengthen reliability and lower costs for consumers.