Massachusetts administers the SMART program in 200-megawatt "blocks," with incentives that step down as they're filled. In addition to doubling the program and setting aside capacity for low-income communities, the changes include a 20 pct carve-out in each block for projects between 25 kilowatts and 500 kilowatts.
Community solar projects and shared solar projects serving low-income customers will have to subscribe at least 90 percent of bill credits before receiving incentives to help guarantee a project's completion.
(Source: Mass. DOER, GTM, 15 April, 2020)
Contact: Mass DOER, www.mass.gov/doer; Mass DOER SMART program, www.mass.gov/solar-massachusetts-renewable-target-smart
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To meet increasing customer demand for solar energy, DOER proposes adding 800 MW to the SMART incentive program, bringing the total to 2.4 gigawatts. The Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) supports this expansion but, in comments to regulators, is calling for even more capacity to be added to the program. To that end, DOER has proposed the dollowing regulatory clarifications and fixes:
According to SEIA, the most troubling aspects of DOER's plans involve the treatment of community solar projects, including a proposed five-fold increase in penalties for larger scale solar projects on certain lands. DOER calls for the new penalties to apply to a broader swath of community solar projects and for changes to apply to projects already in development.
These proposals would have a negative impact on the community solar market. Increased penalties will halt solar development, with penalties ranging from a few hundred thousand dollars to many millions, according to SEIA.
(Source: Mass. DOER, Solar Energy Industries Assoc., 16 Sept., 2019)Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300, email@example.com, www.mass.gov/doer; SEIA, Abigail Ross-Hopper, CEO, (202) 682-0556, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.seia.org
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The legislation establishes a $1 billion, 10-year grant "GreenWorks" program to fund clean energy, energy efficiency, and climate change resiliency measures that cut greenhouse gas emissions, fortify infrastructure and reduce municipal costs. The legislation also invests $325 million in other municipal green projects including:
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs will administer the program, which is funded through the issuance of bonds.
The bill was forwarded to the Senate for approval. (Source: Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Wicked Local Beverly, 29 July, 2019) Contact: Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, www.mass.gov/orgs/executive-office-of-energy-and-environmental-affairs
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The partnership aims to cut energy consumption across dozens of MBTA stations and facilities, reduce MBTA operating costs, improve lighting and substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
This initiative will reduce MBTA electricity use by 7 pct -- 30 million kWh annually -- and save MBTA $2.7 million in energy costs while eliminating 10,000 metric tpy of carbon emissions.
The MBTA will invest approximately $30 million in the projects which include new lighting and lighting controls, upgrading HVAC equipment and building automation controls.
The Nass. Department Energy Resources (DOER) will provide $3.5 million in funding while
Eversource and National Grid provide and estimate $9 million in cost cutting incentives. (Source: Framingham Source, 30 April, 2019) Contact:Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300, email@example.com, www.mass.gov/doer; Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005, www.mass.gov/governor
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The grant money will be used to purchase equipment to process, handle and store dried wood chips, and two trucks able to pneumatically deliver the product.
Pending approval from Windsor town officials, TTC Energy expects to be fully operational this fall.
(Source: TTC Energy, Berkshire Eagle, 17 Feb., 2019) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-energy-resources
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According to the state's Department of Energy Resources (DOER), the $2.8 billion, 3-year plan and its associated programs are projected to deliver more than $8.56 billion in benefits to consumers -- a return of more than $3 for every dollar spent.
For the first time, the Mass Save program will offer incentives for cost effective home heating fuel, heat pumps and related technologies and equipment. The program is also rolling back other offerings, discounts on energy efficient LED light bulbs. (Source: Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, DOER, Sentinel & Enterprise, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, (617) 305-3500, www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-public-utilities; Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mass.gov/doer
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The plan calls for aggressive and technology-based energy conservation, building energy efficiency, an increased reliance on renewable energy, increase transportation electrification, energy storage and other related measures. The plan also recognizes climate and energy achievements to date, but suggests more work to meet mandated emissions reduction goals and prevent winter price spikes in the power sector.
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details HERE. (Source: Commonwealth of Massachusetts, MassLive, Dec., 2018)Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, www.mass.gov/doer
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