Renewable Energy Bills Subject of Statehouse Public Hearing 

massachusetts state houseBOSTON (AP) — The state’s energy future moves to the top of the Statehouse agenda, with Gov. Charlie Baker set to make the case for his two top renewable energy bills at a public hearing.

One bill would require Massachusetts utilities to work with the state’s Department of Energy Resources to pursue long-term contracts for bringing hydropower into the state.

Another would raise caps on the state’s “net metering” program that allows homeowners, businesses and local governments to sell excess solar power they generate back to the electrical grid in exchange for credit on their bills.

The proposals are among several energy-related bills to be heard by the Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee Tuesday.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stan Rosenberg both say they want to pass major renewable energy legislation.

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