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Climate & Energy Planning

Climate Pollution Reduction Grant

The Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG) is a four year US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program funded through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) is the lead organization for the program in the Greater Worcester Region. The program aims to develop regional short- and long-term climate plans with a goal to address air pollution and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Greater Worcester Priority Climate Action Plan

Through the program, CMRPC is developing two key plans, first is the Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) which focuses on short term, implementable projects that can reduce GHG emissions. The second plan is the Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP) which looks at long term policies, strategies, and goals that municipalities can implement to further reduce GHG emissions. For both plans, CMRPC is looking at 6 key emissions sectors: Transportation, Electricity, Commercial and Residential Buildings, Waste, Industry, and Agricultural/Working Lands.

Affordable Access to Clean & Efficient Energy

Led by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), the initiative addresses barriers to clean energy investment by the State’s low-and moderate-income residents. CMRPC designed a site to provide information on available clean energy programs for residential customers (including renters and property owners) in the Commonwealth. On the site you will find information on Clean Energy Programs, Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy Technology, Energy Bill Assistance, Energy Efficiency for Renters/Tenants, Property Owners and Municipal Light Plant Customers.

Municipalities and governmental entities are allowed to contract directly with CMRPC in accordance with MGL Chapter 30B Sections 1 (b) (3) and (b) (9). Contract with CMRPC, contact CMRPC’s Executive Director, Janet Pierce at

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