Have You Heard about the MA Clean Heat Standard?

Many Massachusetts residents are already aware of the MA Clean Heat Standard, but if you haven’t heard of this policy, it’s important that you read this page. The Clean Heat Standard is a climate policy proposed by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to meet the emissions limit for residential, commercial, and industrial heating. It is important to know that the Clean Heat Standard is not a bill, meaning it does not need to pass through the legislative process, and you will not get to vote on it.

The Clean Heat Standard currently does not include support for Bioheat® fuel and propane gas, which are low-carbon energy choices that are available to help meet climate goals right now. Unless Massachusetts residents make their opinions about the Clean Heat Standard known, it’s likely that MassDEP will implement the policy without Bioheat® fuel and propane gas. We at Snow’s Fuel believe that you should have the right to choose how to heat your own home. That’s why we’re sharing this information. If you are concerned about this policy, you can contact your state representatives.


 

Downsides to the MA Clean Heat Standard

Implementation of the Clean Heat Standard would have a ripple effect on homeowners and business owners in Massachusetts who are currently using propane, heating oil and its renewable blends like Bioheat® fuel. As the policy aims to encourage widespread electrification, the availability of and support for propane and Bioheat® fuel will decrease steadily if it is implemented. Additionally, you could experience various downsides to relying on electricity and heat pumps for your primary source of heat:

  • The Massachusetts electric grid relies heavily on fossil fuels, with close to 70% of support coming from natural gas, coal, and fuel oil. It does not seem likely that it can shoulder the burden of powering the entire state’s energy demand on its own.
  • The grid has faced challenges in extremely cold temperatures, which are common in our state. This means that the grid will probably not perform well when temperatures dip below freezing.
  • Implementation of the Clean Heat Standard would make it harder or impossible to access propane or Bioheat® fuel as a backup power source. If your power were to go out, you would not have heat, electricity, or hot water until it was restored.

Snow’s Fuel wants MA residents to be informed about how they can advocate to keep their energy choices. You can voice your concerns by contacting your government officials about the Clean Heat Standard.

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A Great Loss for Propane & Bioheat® Fuel Customers

A switch to total electrification would be a great loss for Massachusetts. Many people love the use of propane and Bioheat® fuel for the following reasons:

  • Propane and Bioheat® fuel are delivered and stored on-site at your home or business
  • Propane and Bioheat® fuel are provided by locally owned, family-run businesses
  • Propane and Bioheat® fuel offer affordable, reliable heat that you can trust
  • Propane and Bioheat fuel run your current equipment, and a whole-home conversion to electricity is an expense that can total tens of thousands of dollars
  • Propane and Bioheat® fuel are low-carbon fuel alternatives

All these benefits would be lost if the Clean Heat Standard becomes policy statewide without propane and Bioheat® fuel included. Only MA residents like you can help make sure propane and Bioheat® fuel are part of the Clean Heat Standard moving forward. You can advocate for keeping your fuel choice by emailing or calling your state reps.


Propane & Bioheat® Fuel Should be a Part of the Clean Energy Solution

Snow’s Fuel Company believes that Propane and Bioheat® fuel should be a part of the Clean Heat Standard in Massachusetts because consumers like you need real choices regarding how you keep your home warm and comfortable. If you’re passionate about retaining your energy choice, please feel free to use the form on this page to email your local state officials to let them know that propane and Bioheat® fuel should be included in the policy in Massachusetts.

Call Your State Representatives

Representative Sarah K. Peake

Democrat – 4th Barnstable

Chatham, Harwich, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown

(617) 722-2239

Representative Christopher Richard Flanagan

Democrat – 1st Barnstable

Brewster, Dennis, and Yarmouth

(617) 722-2080