Massachusetts tackles wind, solar subsidy plan

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 @ 03:07 AM
posted by rene5432

As the number of residential wind and solar installations goes up in Massachusetts, residents are reaping the benefits of a subsidy that comes along with the renewable energy sources.

However, Massachusetts officials are currently working out the kinks in the plan, which derives the funds for the subsidies through other utility customers, the Boston Globe reports.

According to the media outlet, lawmakers are looking to change the legislature after many customers noticed the surcharge on their electricity bills by reassessing a bill that would double the amount of electricity utilities can buy back from residential systems.

"At a certain point, there’s absolutely a fair argument about the equity of this," said Bowles, former secretary of energy and environmental affairs, who stated that the overall benefits of lowering carbon emissions were worth the small extra costs.

Massachusetts currently has the capacity to generate enough wind and solar energy to power some 38,000 houses.

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, since 2009, total solar photovoltaic capacity in the state has jumped by 436 percent, from 16 megawatts to 86 megawatts. Massachusetts also produced 61 megawatts of wind energy, with a goal of 2,000 by 2020. 

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