BOSTON (AP) — Renewable energy advocates are increasingly spending more on lobbying to capture the ears of Massachusetts lawmakers.
An Associated Press review of state lobbying records found that in 2016, energy interests reported spending a combined $6.7 million lobbying Beacon Hill. Six out of every 10 of those dollars — or about $4.1 million — came from groups pushing renewable energy initiatives or fighting against fossil fuel-related projects, like the construction of natural gas pipelines.
In 2015, combined energy lobbying topped $4.6 million, with about 40 percent coming from backers of renewable energy.
The single biggest spender on energy lobbying in 2016 was a group opposed to the creation of a natural gas pipeline. Other groups included solar energy companies, promoters of offshore wind projects, groups warning about the effects of global climate change and firms working to bring hydropower from Canada.