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Governor Healey Creates Commission to Accelerate Siting and Permitting of Clean Energy Infrastructure 

Commission on Clean Energy Infrastructure Siting and Permitting will make recommendations for regulatory and legislative reform to streamline clean energy siting next spring 

BOSTON – Governor Maura Healey today signed an Executive Order creating the Commission on Clean Energy Infrastructure Siting and Permitting (CEISP) and swore in Commission members. To meet the emissions limits outlined in the Clean Energy and Climate Plans (CECP), Massachusetts will need to site a significant amount of new energy infrastructure, including new solar and wind generation, storage, transmission, and distribution infrastructure. The CEISP brings together stakeholders to swiftly remove barriers to responsible clean energy infrastructure development. 

“The clean energy transition can’t wait,” said Governor Healey. “This commission represents our administration’s efforts to bring people together and build consensus to tackle one of the most complex issues of our time. We are looking forward to receiving a strong slate of recommendations that will deliver clean, affordable energy to our communities and all the economic growth that will come with it.” 

“The clean energy transition is going to transform our communities,” said Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll. “We’re going to need a lot of new infrastructure, and we’re going to need it fast. With these stakeholders at the table, we’re going to build serious consensus on how to tackle this challenge in a way that ensures environmental justice communities don’t bear a disproportionate burden, greenspace and other development priorities are protected, and we can all share in the benefits of clean energy.” 

“We’re thrilled to have a robust and diverse group of leaders to lead the Commission on Clean Energy Infrastructure Siting and Permitting,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rebecca Tepper. “We worked intentionally to ensure that we would have representation from every sector of the clean energy space – from labor, to environmental justice leaders, to energy experts. With these members leading this effort, we are confident that the recommendations will be smart, balanced, and ready for action.” 

The CEISP will be tasked with reducing permitting timelines, ensuring communities have input in the siting and permitting of clean energy infrastructure, and ensuring that the benefits of the clean energy transition are shared equitably. Secretary Tepper will order every relevant agency housed within the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs to evaluate existing permitting processes impacting energy infrastructure and identify potential areas of improvement. The Commission will also be instructed to make recommendations on administrative, regulatory, and legislative changes to existing permitting and siting procedures by Spring 2024.     

Those appointed to the Commission include: 

State Agencies 

  • Mike Judge, Undersecretary of Energy, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairsand Chair of the CEISP 
  • Nick Rose, General Counsel, Division of Labor Standards within the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
  • Ashley Stolba, Undersecretary of Economic Foundations, Executive Office of Economic Development
  • Amy Stitely, Chief of Programs, Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities

Municipalities  

  • John Mangiaratti, Acton Town Managerand member of the Massachusetts Municipal Association 
  • Dorothy McGlincy, Executive Director, Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions
  • Lizzi Weyant, Deputy Executive Director, Metropolitan Area Planning Commission

Environmental Justice Organizations 

  • Mary Claire Kelly, Attorney, Alternatives for Community and Environment
  • Eve Rodriguez, Task Force Member, Lawrence Pa’lanteResident Task Force 
  • Eddie Rosa, Community Programs Director, Groundwork Lawrence
  • Member of Arise for Social Justice in Springfieldto be announced

Climate, Environmental, and Land Use Advocates  

  • Steve Long, Director of Policy and Partnerships, The Nature Conservancy
  • Michelle Manion, VP of Policy and Advocacy, Mass Audubon
  • Caitlin Peale Sloan, VP for Massachusetts, Conservation Law Foundation

Electric Utilities   

  • Alexandra Blackmore, General Counsel for New England, National Grid
  • Catherine Finneran, VP for Transmission Project Development, Siting & Project Service, Eversource
  • John Tzimorangas, President and CEO, Energy New England

Agricultural Interests  

  • Nathan L’Etoile, National Farm Viability Managing Director, American Farmland Trust

Tribal Organization 

  • To be announced

 

Youth Climate Council Representative 

  • To be announced

Energy Siting Practitioner 

  • Mary Beth Gentleman, Chair, CEISP Siting Practitioner Advisory Group

Clean Energy Industry 

  • Carrie Cullen Hitt, Senior Director for Grid and Transmission Policy, Vineyard Offshore
  • Jeremy McDiarmid, Managing Director and General Counsel, Advanced Energy United
  • Jessica Robertson, Director of Policy & Business Developmentfor New England, New Leaf Energy 
  • Mark Sylvia, Chief of Staff, Bluewave Solar

Housing and Real Estate 

  • Matthew Teague, President, Reef Realty, Ltd. 
  • JD Chesloff, President and CEO, Mass Business Roundtable

 

Labor 

  • Frank Callahan, President of the MassachusettsBuilding Trades Unions 

 

Chairs of the Joint Committee Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy (Non-Voting Members) 

  • State Representative Jeffrey Roy
  • State Senator Michael Barrett

 

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