Massachusetts Whooshes Ahead With Wind and Other Renewables

 

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Following in its own footsteps, Massachusetts again made moves to advance the use of renewables such as wind and solar in the Bay State. Late last week ML Strategies (a consulting affiliate of law firm Mintz Levin) wrote in depth about Massachusetts Governor Patrick signing into law Senate Bill 2395, An Act relative to competitively priced electricity in the Commonwealth. The bill aims toprotect Massachusetts ratepayers while providing greater reliability and energy independence for all residents of the Commonwealth,” according to a press release from the Governor’s office, through the use of expanded incentives and opportunities for renewable energy companies.

Specifically, the bill:

  • Extends long-term contracts between the utilities and renewable energy companies;
  • Raises the cap on net metering, allowing customers to run their meters backwards and sell power back to the distribution company for credits;
  • Allows for long term contracts as an incentive for companies that purchase coal-fired power plants, and transition them to gas-fired generators, so long as they agree to completely remediate the site;
  • Enables more municipalities to install solar panels on community landfills;
  • Requires electric companies to file for rate cases every five years and gas companies to file every ten years;
  • Requires EEA’s agencies to complete a number of studies to analyze further steps in energy efficiency as well as the exploration of other renewable energy sources;
  • Establishes a three-year energy efficiency rebate pilot program for the five largest gas and electric users in each service territory;
  • And more! For more details, don’t forget to check out ML Strategies’ overview.

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