The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is the first mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions cap-and-trade system in North America. The program has been in place since 2009 and regulates fossil fuel-powered electric generating plants in nine Northeast and mid-Atlantic states.1 The RGGI region had a combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of approximately $2.6 trillion in 2012—four times that of Ontario and almost 50% more than the entire Canadian economy in the same year

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    Acadia Center testified before the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy on May 30, 2019. In its testimony it urged Massachusetts legislators to support efficient electrification of building heating, new standards to promote innovative energy saving appliances, better information on energy efficiency for homebuyers, and requirements for existing buildings to become more efficient. It also called for them to oppose or require modification of two bills that could harm the state's energy efficiency programs and their implementation.

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