On October 29, 2020, the Department of Public Utilities (“Department”) voted to open an investigation into potential policies that will enable the Commonwealth to reach its goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and the role of Massachusetts gas local distribution companies (“LDCs”) in achieving that goal. Investigation by the Department of Public Utilities on its own Motion into the role of gas local distribution companies as the Commonwealth achieves its target 2050 climate goals, D.P.U. 20-80, Vote and Order Opening Investigation at 7 (October 29, 2020) (“Order”). The Department docketed this matter as D.P.U. 20-80. In its Order, the Department directed the LDCs to initiate a joint request for proposals (“RFP”) for an independent consultant to conduct a study and prepare a report (“Report”) within the parameters discussed in the Order. Order at 4. The resulting Report is to inform and support separate proposals from each LDC that include the LDC’s recommendations and plans for helping the Commonwealth achieve its 2050 climate goals (“Proposals”). Order at 6. On March 18, 2022, the LDCs submitted the Report and their Proposals.
Tuesday, May 5, 2022, beginning at 2:00 p.m.
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