Senate Passes Energy Bill; Conference Committee Named!

We are so close to something truly historic. Email and Call your legislators to ensure we pass a strong final bill! 

This month, the Senate passed S2400, its version of the energy omnibus bill, setting the stage for conference committee negotiations with the House to send a final bill to the governor. Though the House Bill, H4385, was a solid starting point, the Senate bill significantly improves the House’s version in a few key ways:

  • It increases the amount of offshore wind energy that utility companies must purchase from 1200 megawatts to 2000 megawatts
     
  • It doubles the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), the rate at which utility companies must increasingly buy from renewable energy sources
     
  • It outright BANS the pipeline tax from being used against ratepayers by the Department of Public Utilities.
     
  • It provides for the decommissioning of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant
     

For more on the Senate legislation, check out this post here.

The House and Senate have named Senator Ben Downing, Senator Marc Pacheco, Senator Bruce Tarr, Representative Brian Dempsey, Representative Tom Golden and Representative Brad Jones to a conference committee which will negotiate the two bills.

Please call your state representative and ask them to speak to Speaker Deleo and conference committee members about standing up for these priorities, and please also call your senator and ask them to speak with Senator Downing and other conferees about standing firm on the Senate’s hard-won priorities. If you need a script for your phone call, here's one!