Climate Action Plan (Massachusetts)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Massachusetts

Applies to States or Provinces Massachusetts
Name Climate Action Plan (Massachusetts)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Climate Policies
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source


In August 2008, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), making Massachusetts one of the first states in the nation to move forward with a comprehensive regulatory program to address climate change.

The GWSA requires the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA), in consultation with other state agencies and the public, to set economy-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals for Massachusetts that will achieve reductions of between 10 percent and 25 percent below statewide 1990 GHG emission levels by 2020, and 80 percent below statewide 1990 GHG emission levels by 2050. It is in this context that EOEEA presents the Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020. Secretary Bowles has set that 2020 limit at 25 percent — and the Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020 contains the measures necessary to meet the limit.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Kathleen Baskin


Contact Name Bill Lamkin
Department Department of Environmental Protection
Division Air and Climate
Address 100 Winter St., Boston, MA, 02108

Phone 2 978-694-3294


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA)

Authority 2: Green Communities Act (GCA)