The Massachusetts Senate yesterday unanimously passed legislation that requires the solicitation of long-term contracts for at least 2 GW of offshore wind by June 30, 2030.
Under the bill, S 2372, distribution companies operating in the state will also have to sign “cost-effective” long-term contracts for 12,450 GWh of power from renewable and energy storage capacity by December 31, 2018.
From 2017 on, the bill doubles the percentage of Class 1 renewable energy that power suppliers need to purchase under the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS). It currently stands at 1%, but the bill lifts it to 2%, thus increasing the RPS for 2030 to 38%.
Overall, the Senate bill introduces higher renewable energy goals than another bill, H 4385, passed by the House earlier in July. A conference committee is to work on the energy legislation in order to reach a compromise between the two versions.