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Date:
May 3, 2022
Time:
7:00 PM
Time Details:
3/31/2022
Location:

Attendees can join the May 3, 2022 hearing at 7:00 p.m. by entering the link, 

 https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82975717590, 

and the May 5, 2022 hearing at 2:00 p.m. by entering the link, https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87436932048, 

from a computer, smartphone, or tablet. No prior software download is required. 

For audio-only access to the hearings, attendees can dial in to either hearing at (646) 558-8656 or (301) 715-8592 (not toll free) and then enter the Meeting ID# 829 7571 7590 for the May 3, 2022 hearing and Meeting ID# 874 3693 2048 for the May 5, 2022 hearing. 

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Commonwealth of MA-Department of Public Utilities

Tuesday, May 3, 2022


NOTICE OF FILING AND PUBLIC HEARING

D.P.U. 20-80 March 23, 2022

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.

____________________________________________________________________________

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.

Due to certain ongoing safety measures and precautions relating to in person

events as a result of the COVID19 pandemic, the Department will conduct two virtual

public hearings to receive comments on the Report and the Proposals. The Department

will conduct two public hearings using Zoom videoconferencing:

Tuesday, May 3, 2022, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

• Thursday, May 5, 2022, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Attendees can join the May 3, 2022 hearing at 7:00 p.m. by entering the link,

D.P.U. 20-80 Page 2

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82975717590, and the May 5, 2022 hearing at 2:00 p.m. by

entering the link, https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87436932048, from a computer, smartphone, or

tablet. No prior software download is required. For audio-only access to the hearings,

attendees can dial in to either hearing at (646) 558-8656 or (301) 715-8592 (not toll free)

and then enter the Meeting ID# 829 7571 7590 for the May 3, 2022 hearing and Meeting

ID# 874 3693 2048 for the May 5, 2022 hearing. If you anticipate providing comments via

Zoom during either public hearing, please send an email by Monday, May 2, 2022, to

sarah.smegal@mass.gov with your name, email address, mailing address, and hearing date.

If you anticipate commenting by telephone, please leave a voicemail message by Monday,

May 2, 2022, at (617) 305-3653 with your name, telephone number, mailing address, and

hearing date.

When using the Zoom platform, you will be able to listen to the hearing and provide

comments in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Haitian Creole, and Vietnamese. To

access interpretation services through Zoom during the hearing, click on the “Interpretation”

button on the menu at the bottom of the Zoom application screen and select your language

(i.e., English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Haitian Creole, or Vietnamese).

Alternately, any person interested in commenting on the LDCs’ Report and/or

Proposals may submit written comments to the Department no later than the close of business

(5:00 p.m.) on Friday, May 6, 2022. To the extent a person or entity wishes to submit

comments in accordance with this Notice, electronic submission, as detailed below, is

sufficient. The Department will consider all comments submitted, but specifically requests

comments focused on the following: (1) the developed pathways set forth in the consultants’

final Report together with the assumptions and analysis underlying the consultants’ final

Report and the LDCs’ specific Proposals; (2) the regulatory framework necessary to support

the equitable and safe transition to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050; and

(3) immediate changes that could be implemented by the LDCs toward decarbonization.

At this time, all filings will be submitted to the Department only in electronic format,

consistent with the Department’s June 15, 2021 Memorandum addressing continued modified

filing requirements. Until further notice, parties must retain the original paper version of the

filing and the Department will later determine when the paper version must be filed with the

Department Secretary.

All comments must be submitted to the Department in .pdf format by e-mail

attachment to dpu.efiling@mass.gov and sarah.smegal@mass.gov. In addition, all comments

should be submitted by e-mail to the LDCs’ attorneys as follows:

D.P.U. 20-80 Page 3

For Boston Gas Company d/b/a National

Grid:

Alexandra Blackmore, Esq.

Andrea Keeffe, Esq.

Bess Gorman, Esq.

National Grid

alexandra.blackmore@us.ngrid.com

andrea.keeffe@nationalgrid.com

bess.gorman@nationalgrid.com

-andJohn K. Habib, Esq.

Ashley S. Wagner, Esq.

Keegan Werlin, LLP

jhabib@keeganwerlin.com

awagner@keeganwerlin.com

For Liberty Utilities (New England Natural

Gas Company) Corp. d/b/a Liberty Utilities:

Ronald J. Ritchie, Esq.

Liberty Utilities

r.j.ritchie@libertyutilities.com

-andKevin F. Penders, Esq.

Keegan Werlin LLP

kpenders@keeganwerlin.com

For The Berkshire Gas Company:

Daniel P. Venora, Esq.

Keegan Werlin LLP

dvenora@keeganwerlin.com

For Fitchburg Gas and Electric Light

Company d/b/a Unitil:

Patrick Taylor, Esq.

Matthew Campbell, Esq.

Unitil Service Corp

taylorp@unitil.com

campbellm@unitil.com

For NSTAR Gas Company and Eversource

Gas of Massachusetts d/b/a Eversource

Energy:

Danielle Winter, Esq.

Keegan Werlin LLP

dwinter@keeganwerlin.com

The text of the email must specify: (1) the docket number of the proceeding (D.P.U. 20-80);

(2) the name of the person or company submitting the filing; and (3) a brief descriptive title

of the document. The electronic file name should identify the document but should not

exceed 50 characters in length. Importantly, all large files submitted must be broken down

into electronic files that do not exceed 20 MB.

At this time, a paper copy of the Report and the Proposals will not be available for

public viewing at the LDCs’ offices or the Department. The filing and other documents

submitted in electronic format will be posted as soon as practicable at on the Department’s

website through our online File Room at:

https://eeaonline.eea.state.ma.us/DPU/Fileroom/dockets/bynumber (enter “20-80”).

Reasonable accommodations at public hearings for people with disabilities are

available upon request. Contact the Department’s ADA Coordinator at

DPUADACoordinator@mass.gov. Include a description of the accommodation you will

need, including as much detail as you can. Also include a way the Department can contact

D.P.U. 20-80 Page 4

you if we need more information. Please provide as much advance notice as possible. Last

minute requests will be accepted, but may not be able to be accommodated. To request

materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic

files, audio format), contact the Department’s ADA Coordinator at

DPUADACoordinator@mass.gov.


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