Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) State Legislation Could Make Clean Energy Affordable

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    Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) State Legislation Could Make Clean Energy Affordable

    Call for the Environment and Jobs

    Do you want to install solar, geothermal or other clean energy at your
    property for no upfront costs?  What if loan payments for these
    installations could be equal to or less than your current utility or
    fuel bills?  If yes, then I recommend contacting state lawmakers and
    urging them to include PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) in the
    final version of a bill titled An Act Relative to Municipal Relief.

    PACE allows property owners to obtain low-interest, long-term loans
    for up to 20 years from municipalities, and is available in several
    other states.  State enabling legislation is necessary for
    municipalities to offer such loans as betterment, and is currently
    being considered by our state senators and representatives.  A quick
    internet search will reveal more benefits and details about PACE than
    can be included in a letter to the editor.

    The Massachusetts House version of An Act Relative to Municipal Relief
    included PACE until it was removed by the House Ways and Means
    Committee last month.  The state's Senate version of this bill still
    includes PACE after making its way through committee.

    A Conference Committee consisting of members from each legislative
    branch
    will soon merge both current versions (House Bill 4631 and
    Senate Bill 2424) and decide if PACE will be included in the final
    bill.

    Support PACE in an effort to protect our environment and create jobs.
    Contact state lawmakers urging them to vote "yes", and to include PACE
    in the final version of An Act Relative to Municipal Relief.



    Find your State Senator or Representative:
    http://www.mass.gov/legis/city_town.htm

    Another state, Missouri, gets PACE:
    http://www.jdsupra.com/post/documentViewer.aspx?fid=1736efcd-708a-4ba...

    White House PACE Framework:
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/assets/documents/PACE_Principles.pdf

    PACE Info:
    http://www.pacenow.org/

    Mass. House Bill Text:
    http://www.mass.gov/legis/hbillsrch.htm
     
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    Re: Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) State Legislation Could Make Clean Energy Affordable

    I made a mistake on my earlier PACE letter to the editor and need to
    make a correction... my apologies.   PACE is in the House version of
    an Act Relative to Muni Relief (Reference text at link below beginning
    w/ line 625 of H. Bill 4631).

    I’m new to tracking and reading bills in an attempt to share important
    information and didn’t mean to misinform.  I thought the earlier Bill
    #4526 was the House’s final version and was told its amendments didn’t
    include PACE.  Thanks for your understanding.

    Mass. House Bill 4631 (PACE on line 625):
    http://www.mass.gov/legis/hbillsrch.htm

    History of House Bill 4631 (w/ prior bill #’s listed):
    http://www.mass.gov/legis/186history/h04618.htm

    ++++

    Mass. Senate Bill 2424 (PACE starts on line 624):
    http://www.mass.gov/legis/billsrch.htm

    History of Senate Bill 2424:
    http://www.mass.gov/legis/186history/s02424.htm

    The good news is that this could mean PACE has a better chance of
    being in the final bill when both House and Senate versions are
    combined.


     
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