The Massachusetts Senate will soon begin debate on a clean energy bill that is more ambitious and inclusive for offshore wind that one passed by the House earlier this month.
The bill (S 2372) – Global Warming Solutions Act – would require electric utilities in the state by 2030 to procure 2GW of offshore wind energy over 15 to 20 years, versus the House version of 1.2GW by 2027.
Another key change in wording is that the Senate bill would allow all offshore wind developers to compete for supply contracts, according to Senator Benjamin Downing, co-chair of the Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee.
The House version of the bill – Act to Promote Energy Diversity – lists eligibility criteria that excludes the stalled 468MW Cape Wind project, clauses that developer Energy Management Inc. (EMI) calls “blatantly anti-competitive.”
Aside from Cape Wind, there are three other projects in the region whose developers hold federal lease areas awarded on a competitive basis that could provide energy on a commercial basis.
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