Renewable energy bills subject of Statehouse public hearing
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Renewable energy bills subject of Statehouse public hearing

Massachusetts' energy future moves to the top of the Statehouse agenda, with Gov. Charlie Baker set to make the case for his two top renewable energy bills at a public hearing. One bill would require Massachusetts utilities to work with the state Department of Energy Resources to pursue long-term contracts for bringing hydropower into the state. Baker has also long expressed interest in adding Canadian hydropower to the state's energy portfolio. A second bill would raise existing caps on the state's "net metering" program that allows homeowners, businesses and local governments to sell excess solar power they generate back to the…
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Key Massachusetts senators open to compromise on financial credits for solar energy developers
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Key Massachusetts senators open to compromise on financial credits for solar energy developers

State Sen. Ben Downing, D-Pittsfield, the top Senator on energy policy, said today that he sees "a lot of common ground and room for movement" on the state's policy on solar subsidies, as competing proposals are pending before the state Legislature. [adinserter block="1"] One of the most urgent, and controversial, energy-related issues before the Legislature today is what to do about solar net metering. A cap on the financial credits given to solar energy developers for the energy they generate is currently stalling Massachusetts solar projects. Solar developers want the cap to be lifted immediately. Utilities worry that solar subsidies are raising…
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Massachusetts Governor Baker pressing lawmakers on solar, hydro power bills
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Massachusetts Governor Baker pressing lawmakers on solar, hydro power bills

[caption id="attachment_412" align="alignright" width="303"] Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker[/caption] Gov. Charlie Baker is pressing state lawmakers to act on two of his energy priorities before the end of the year. One of the proposals would make it easier for the state to enter into long-term contracts with renewable energy producers provided the interests of ratepayers are represented. Baker said Thursday the bill could help Massachusetts tap into Canadian hydropower. The second bill would raise caps on the state’s “net metering” program that allows homeowners, businesses and local governments to sell excess solar power they generate back to the electrical grid in…
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Massachusetts ranks 5th for solar installations in 2014, but inaction by state leaders could stall growth
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Massachusetts ranks 5th for solar installations in 2014, but inaction by state leaders could stall growth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, September 3, 2015, 11:00 AM FOR MORE INFORMATION: Sharon Solomon, 678-334-1212 (c), sharon@environmentmassachusetts.org Massachusetts ranks 5th for solar installations in 2014, but inaction by state leaders could stall growth NEW BEDFORD, MA – Massachusetts ranked 5th nationwide for the amount of solar energy capacity installed per person in 2014, according to a new report from the Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center, but business executives and community leaders warned that the rapid growth of solar energy could stall if state officials fail to lift a cap on Massachusetts’ most important solar program. “New Bedford and Massachusetts are leaders for solar power,…
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