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Attendees can join 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# 874 3693 2048 for the May 5, 2022 hearing.
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
email@example.com 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
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
All comments must be submitted to the Department in .pdf format by e-mail
attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. In addition, all comments
should be submitted by e-mail to the LDCs’ attorneys as follows:
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For Boston Gas Company d/b/a National
Alexandra Blackmore, Esq.
Andrea Keeffe, Esq.
Bess Gorman, Esq.
-andJohn K. Habib, Esq.
Ashley S. Wagner, Esq.
Keegan Werlin, LLP
For Liberty Utilities (New England Natural
Gas Company) Corp. d/b/a Liberty Utilities:
Ronald J. Ritchie, Esq.
-andKevin F. Penders, Esq.
Keegan Werlin LLP
For The Berkshire Gas Company:
Daniel P. Venora, Esq.
For Fitchburg Gas and Electric Light
Company d/b/a Unitil:
Patrick Taylor, Esq.
Matthew Campbell, Esq.
Unitil Service Corp
For NSTAR Gas Company and Eversource
Gas of Massachusetts d/b/a Eversource
Danielle Winter, Esq.
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
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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