Massachusetts Senate Approves Bill to Expand Reliance on Renewable Energy

The Massachusetts Senate approved a bill Tuesday aimed at expanding the adoption of renewable energy in a bid to help Massachusetts meet its climate goals, including reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Supporters say the proposal will help lower utility bills by directing providers to offer discounted rates to consumers with low and middle incomes and give the state more flexibility to negotiate contracts with providers.

If passed into law, the bill would also expand electric vehicle infrastructure by making it easier for local and state entities to purchase EV charging equipment, permit EV charging installation for condo owners, and extend an EV tax incentive program for vehicles purchased through 2027, giving residents $3,500 to $6,000 for the purchase of new or used electric vehicles.

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