Senate Energy Bill Emerges

The Massachusetts Senate has released its comprehensive energy legislation, which will be debated next Thursday, 6/30. It includes two of Mass Power Forward's priorities, commitments for 2000 megawatts of offshore wind and doubling the rate of increase of the Renewable Portfolio Standard. The Senate legislation is a strong bill and members of the public can view the bill, S2372, at the link or in the summary here.

Amendments are being filed to strengthen our positions. Please call and email your senator before Tuesday to ask them to “cosponsor” the amendments, or up until the vote Thursday to secure a favorable vote. 

  • NO PIPELINE TAX, amendment 1: Sen. Jehlen is filing a “no pipeline tax” amendment which should be amendment #1. 
  • FIX GAS LEAKS and PROTECT GAS WORKER SAFETY, amendment 65: Sen. Eldridge will file an amendment related to fixing gas leaks, restoring House provisions that did not appear in the Senate version of the energy bill.
  • SOLAR, amendments 55, 66, 67: Amendments have been been filed by Sens. Eldridge and Creem.
  • OFFSHORE WIND and RPS: Already in the bill and we should express our gratitude!