Cape & Vineyard Electrification Offering: Letter of Suppport

The Cape Cod Technology Council regularly provides letters of support for technology policies that align with our mission. While priority is given to members, any organization may request support via our Infrastructure Committee, which then decides if the matter should be considered by the Board of Directors.

December 9, 2022
Mark D. Marini, Secretary
Department of Public Utilities
One South Station, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02110

RE: Cape Light Compact CVEO – DPU 22-137
Dear Secretary Marini,

I am writing on behalf of the Cape Cod Technology Council, Inc. (“CCTC”) in response to the request from the Department of Public Utilities (“DPU” or the “Department”) for written comments on the Cape Light Compact’s proposed Cape & Vineyard Electrification Offering (CVEO).

Founded in 1996, the CCTC is a membership based non-profit organization whose mission is to promote technology, education, and economic development on Cape Cod, the Islands, and Southeastern Massachusetts. Our membership includes local Cape, Islands, and Southeastern Massachusetts businesses, technology innovators, educational organizations, government entities, working professionals, and community leaders.

The CCTC supports the Compact’s CVEO for the following reasons:

  • •CVEO is consistent with the recently passed Climate Act and will advance the goals and objectives of the Commonwealth’s climate goals by providing cost-effective energy savings and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • CVEO serves low-and-moderate income members of the Cape and Vineyard community, a population that faces economic barriers to installing the three technologies proposed under CVEO
  • CVEO is local community designed response designed to reduce the energy burden for low-and-moderate-income residents and address the economic barriers to ownership of the CVEO technologies, such as the high up-front costs and inability to qualify for a loan.
  • Through the installation of air source heat pumps CVEO advances the Commonwealth’s goal of beneficial strategic electrification and the greening of the building sector.
  • CVEO has been widely discussed with members of the Cape and Vineyard community for the past four years and is supported by residents, businesses and local elected officials.

Thank you for the opportunity to submit comments. On behalf of the CCTC, I respectfully request that the Department approve the Compact’s enhancements to the 2022-2024 Plan.

Robbin Orbison, President

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