Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Solar Energy Bill Sees New Light

For the last five months I have been a member of a conference committee which has been negotiating a bill to lift the cap on solar energy generation and create incentives for its development. Last night we filed our report. I believe this compromise legislation cannot come soon enough, as renewable energy projects all across Massachusetts have been hanging in limbo awaiting the statutory authority to move forward.

Now that we have a committee report that strikes a balance between providing serious incentives for more solar electric generation and protecting ratepayers from the unnecessary burdens of over incenting the creation of that generation, I am hoping that the House and Senate will act quickly to approve that report and put it on Governor Baker’s desk.

Here is a summary of the bill: