If the bill survives debate in the House of Representatives, it will be among the most progressive in the nation.
BOSTON – Massachusetts would run on 100-percent renewable power by 2047 under comprehensive energy legislation passed by the state Senate Thursday night.
The idealistic goal would be reached by increasing the state’s renewable portfolio standard by 3 percent every year, instead of the current 1 percent. The RPS dictates how much renewable energy electrical utilities such as Eversource and National Grid must buy.
The ambitious Senate bill not just lifts – but removes – caps on non-governmental solar net metering. It sets new 2030 and 2040 emission targets under the Global Warming Solutions Act; creates the framework for a revenue-neutral, market-based carbon fee; sets a 2,000-megawatt energy storage target, and opens the door to large renewable energy procurements in the offshore wind sector.