NEFI Responds to Massachusetts CHS

The National Energy & Fuels Institute submitted comments to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection on its proposed Clean Heat Standard (CHS). (Click here to read full text.)

“The most troubling item in the Massachusetts CHS is that heating fuel dealers will be required to convert a minimum of 3 percent of their homes to electric heat each year,” NEFI said in the May 9 issue of NEFI Energy Online News (NEON), its weekly newsletter to members. “We believe this idea is outrageous and, as noted in our comment letter, outright unconstitutional.”

NEFI said it submitted comments at the request of Michael Ferrante of the Massachusetts Energy Marketers Association (MEMA), and said it would continue to support MEMA’s efforts.

The Massachusetts CHS is just one of many challenges the industry faces, the Institute pointed out in its May 9 newsletter: “Vermont’s version of the CHS was vetoed by its Governor, but that veto is likely to be overturned by the Legislature. In New York, the recently passed budget bans fossil fuel burning equipment and systems in new buildings beginning January 1, 2026. On a federal level, the Department of Energy’s Heat Pump Defense Production Act will funnel approximately $250 million to boost electric heat pump manufacturing.”


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