Massachusetts Senate Passes Bill to Increase Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard

June 18 (Renewables Now) - The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday night passed a clean energy bill that was welcomed by the industry.

The bill Increases the state's renewable energy portfolio standard by requiring power suppliers to buy an additional 3% of renewable energy annually, up from an additional 1% and removes the cap on solar net metering. The legislation further calls for additional offshore wind and hydropower procurement, according to a statement released by senator Sal DiDomenico, Assistant Majority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate. It allows the Department of Energy Resources to recommend the procurement of up to 5,000 MW of aggregate offshore wind capacity by the end of 2035 and of more than 9,450,000 MWh of clean energy generation.

By Plamena Tisheva.