Expired, Repealed, and Archived Massachusetts Incentives and Laws
The following is a list of expired, repealed, and archived incentives, laws, regulations, funding opportunities, or other initiatives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, advanced technologies, or air quality.
Pursuant to state law, all diesel motor vehicle fuel and all other liquid fuel used to operate motor vehicle diesel engines in Massachusetts must contain at least 2% renewable diesel fuel by July 1, 2010; 3% renewable diesel fuel by July 1, 2011; 4% renewable diesel fuel by July 1, 2012; and 5% renewable diesel fuel by July 1, 2013. For these purposes, eligible renewable diesel fuel includes diesel fuel that is derived predominantly from renewable biomass and yields at least a 50% reduction in life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions relative to the average life cycle GHG emissions for petroleum-based diesel fuel sold in 2005. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) must also study the feasibility, benefits, and costs of applying the percentage mandates on a statewide average basis rather than for every gallon of diesel motor fuel sold.
DOER may delay the implementation of the biodiesel blend mandate if DOER determines that it is not feasible to meet the mandate due to lack of supply, lack of blending facilities, or unreasonable cost. As of June 2010, DOER suspended the formal requirement on grounds of unreasonable cost.
(Reference Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 94, Section 295G1/2)
Fuel consisting of cellulosic biofuel or a blend of gasoline and cellulosic biofuel is eligible for a fuel tax exemption in proportion to the percentage of the fuel content consisting of cellulosic biofuel. For these purposes, eligible cellulosic biofuel includes fuel derived from cellulose, hemicellulose, or lignin derived from renewable biomass that yields at least a 60% reduction in life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions relative to the average life cycle GHG emissions for petroleum-based fuel sold in 2005. This exemption is available through December 31, 2017. (Reference Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 64A, Section 1 and 1A and Massachusetts Department of Revenue TIR 09-4)
National Grid provides rebates on a case-by-case basis to customers who purchase NGVs.
State fleets must acquire AFVs according to the requirements of the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 1992 and the Massachusetts Office of Vehicle Management (OVM) must approve any light-duty vehicle acquisition. All agencies must purchase the most economical, fuel-efficient, and low emission vehicles appropriate to their mission. OVM, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, will set new minimum standards for vehicle mileage and work with agencies to acquire vehicles that provide the best value for the Commonwealth on a total cost of ownership basis. (Reference Executive Order 388, 1996, and Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration and Finance Administrative Bulletin 10, 2010)
Coulomb Technologies' ChargePoint America program offers EVSE at no cost to individuals or entities in the Boston metropolitan area. To be eligible for free home charging stations, individuals living within the specified areas must purchase a qualified plug-in electric vehicle. Application information is available on the ChargePoint America website. In most cases, installation will be paid for by the EVSE owner; some cities, states, and utilities, however, will provide funding towards installation costs. All participants in the ChargePoint America program must agree to anonymous data collection after installation. Additional restrictions may apply.
The Green Communities Division of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has funding available to local governments to fund the installation of publically available EVSE. All Massachusetts cities and towns are eligible and encouraged to apply; preference will be given to the 74 designated Green Communities and communities predicted to have the largest volume of potential plug-in electric vehicles. DOER will award grants based on funding availability; as of December 2011, funding is not available. For more information, refer to the Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs website.
A committee lead by the Operational Services Division and made up of other state and regional agency representatives was tasked with studying the feasibility of developing and implementing a system to facilitate the bulk purchase of AFVs by the Commonwealth and its political subdivisions. The study should include the associated cost savings of a bulk purchase system, as well as the cost of the system administration, the appropriate entities to participate in the system, and the probability that the system would be utilized by these entities. The study results, relevant recommendations for moving forward, and drafts of legislation necessary to put these recommendations into effect should be presented to the Massachusetts legislature. (Reference Massachusetts Session Law 169, 2008)
A special commission was established to study the feasibility and effectiveness of various forms of incentives to promote the development and use of advanced biofuels in Massachusetts including, but not limited to, production credits, the production and harvesting of woody biomass, feedstock incentives and direct consumer credits for the use of advanced biofuels in various applications. The commission must report the results of its investigation and study and its recommendations to the Massachusetts legislature. (Reference Massachusetts Session Law 206, 2008)
A special commission was established to investigate and develop a strategy to increase the use of advanced biofuels as alternatives to conventional carbon-based fuels by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, its agencies and political subdivisions, and regional transit authorities. The commission will consider methods such as financing mechanisms including grants, loans, and other incentive programs for group procurement of advanced biofuels, vehicles using advanced biofuels, distribution infrastructure, and technical assistance. The commission must report the results of its investigation and study and its recommendations to the Massachusetts legislature. (Reference Massachusetts Session Law 206, 2008)
In order to reduce the energy consumption and greenhouse gas impact of state government, Massachusetts agencies must prioritize programs and practices that result in a reduction of fossil fuel-based energy consumption and emissions from such consumption, including promoting sustainable transportation practices and switching to biobased and other alternative fuels. (Reference Executive Order 484, 2007)
A committee led by the Commissioner of Energy Resources and made up of other state and regional agency representatives is required to develop a statewide plan for the advancement of hybrid electric and alternative fuel vehicles. The plan should cover a 10 year period, beginning in 2010, and take into account geographic diversity, demographics, transportation needs, infrastructure, and the current and emerging alternative fuel and advanced vehicle technologies. Goals set forth in this plan may include the purchase of alternative fuel or advanced vehicles and the production or distribution of alternative fuels. The plan should include strategies and methods for achieving these goals. (Reference Massachusetts Session Law 169, 2008)