Massachusetts Senate boosts push for state’s renewable energy path

By The Recorder.

The Massachusetts Senate plans an aggressive approach to bolstering the state’s power supplies with renewable resources like hydropower and offshore wind, proposing legislation Friday.

The proposals would go further than the House to require purchase of 2,000 megawatts of offshore wind and roughly 1,500 megawatts of other clean energy resources.

The bill, scheduled for debate in the Senate next Thursday, would encourage utilities to purchase energy storage systems to maximize the value of the new clean energy generation, and includes provisions to support improved energy efficiency in homes.