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Massachusetts is leading the way in innovative and comprehensive energy reform that will make clean energy a centerpiece of the Commonwealth’s economic future. Created by the Green Jobs Act of 2008, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies and projects in the Commonwealth—while creating high-quality jobs and long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts. MassCEC is a partner, clearinghouse and connector for people in the clean energy sector, making direct investments in clean energy companies, building a strong clean energy workforce, and supporting responsibly sited renewable energy projects across the Commonwealth. MassCEC works with the entire clean energy community in Massachusetts to propel promising technologies from the drawing board to the global marketplace.
In November 2009, Governor Deval Patrick signed an Act Relative to Clean Energy, which transferred the state's Renewable Energy Trust Fund to MassCEC. The Renewable Energy Trust Fund was created in 1998 by the Massachusetts Legislature. The Renewable Energy Trust Fund comes from a systems benefit charge paid by ratepayers of investor-owned utilities in Massachusetts as well as municipal lighting plants (MLP) that have opted to participate in the Renewable Energy Trust. The average residential ratepayer in 2009 paid $0.29 a month.
The Green Communities Act of 2008 established a mechanism for MLPs to participate in MassCEC's Renewable Energy Trust fund and clarifies the implications of such participation.
MassCEC is committed to leveraging Massachusetts’ outstanding resources in academic research, technology entrepreneurship, and workforce skills to accelerate growth of the clean energy industry. The result of these efforts will be new technologies, new companies, and a workforce ready to roll up its sleeves to ensure Massachusetts’ place as a national clean energy hub.
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