The Commission on the Future of Transportation was established almost a year ago by Governor Baker’s Executive Order No. 579.
The Commission developed 18 recommendations to guide Commonwealth transportation policy “so that Massachusetts can benefit from coming changes – including in demographics, technology, and mobility preferences – and build a future for all of us that is healthy, sustainable, and prosperous.”
Link to report of the Commission – Choices for Stewardship: Recommendations to Meet the Transportation Future: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/commission-on-the-future-of-transportation. A second volume containing extensive background materials, supporting data, and valuable sources of information accompanies the report.
Transportation and Climate Initiative aims to complete design process before end of 2019.
On 12/18, a coalition of nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, including Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia announced their intent to design a new regional low-carbon transportation policy proposal that would cap and reduce carbon emissions from the combustion of transportation fuels, and invest proceeds from the program into low-carbon and more resilient transportation infrastructure.
Link to more: http://bit.ly/CapGG-Transpo
On 12/19, the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) issued a directive requiring National Grid to implement comprehensive new safety protocols before the company can initiate any natural gas work besides emergency work.
The DPU directive contains “specific comprehensive safety requirements for National Grid, applicable to all non-emergency work. First, it requires National Grid to use task specific operating procedures which will lay out step-by-step instructions as to how work on any given project will be conducted. In addition, consistent with recommendations made by the NTSB and legislation filed by the Baker-Polito Administration, (BF from Abbie) National Grid will be required to obtain the review and approval of a certified professional engineer in advance of any work taking place within their distribution territory. National Grid will also be required to impose stricter standards than those currently required for employee qualifications to ensure public safety, including requiring five years of experience for work on low pressure service lines, 10 years of experience for work on intermediate pressure service lines, and 15 years of experience for work on high pressure service lines.”
Press release: https://www.mass.gov/news/department-of-public-utilities-requires-national-grid-to-adopt-strict-new-safety-standards-for
Three lease winners have each agreed to pay $135M to gain access to ocean tracts off the coast of Massachusetts where they may someday build commercial-scale wind energy installations. The lease areas auctioned this week are 20 nautical miles from Martha's Vineyard. [Source: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management]
The results of the December 13 federal government auction of 390,000 acres were announced on December 14, 2018 by the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The auction began at 9 AM on December 13 and ended late Friday morning on December 14. The winners were Equinor Wind US, Mayflower Wind Energy LLC, and Vineyard Wind. Vineyard Wind is already in the process of building an offshore wind farm in an area south of Martha's Vineyard on a previously leased site.
Link to Press Release on the Ocean Tracts
The next Board meeting will be on December 20, 2018.
Link to agenda for this meeting
Issues for discussion on December 20 will include:
Additional resource links:
250 CMR –version as finalized through the Secretary of State’s office as of 2-10-2017
Scroll down on that webpage to separate sections of 250 CMR
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