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In a compromise energy bill that would spur big utilities to buy large amounts of electricity generated by wind farms and Canadian dams, but could also lead to moderate rate hikes.
The compromise bill, reached with just hours to go before lawmakers adjourned from formal sessions for the year, hewed more to the House proposal: a streamlined approach that would shift the state’s energy mix to include more hydro and wind power.
The Senate had proposed a much wider array of energy measures, but many of those didn’t make it into the final bill.
The compromise calls for the big utilities to buy up to 1,600 megawatts of off-shore wind energy. The language, however, would freeze out the controversial Cape Wind project from competing for those contracts.
The bill also calls for big utilities — namely Eversource and National Grid — to buy up to 1,200 megawatts of clean energy from the north, likely either hydropower from Canada or electricity from wind farms in northern New England and upstate New York.
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