Mass. climate group says municipal utilities moving too slow on clean power (Energy News Network 2/26/18)
A Massachusetts climate change nonprofit has released a report arguing the state’s municipal power companies are lagging in their commitment to clean energy. Leaders in the municipal electric sector, however, contend the analysis misrepresents the realities faced by these plants and their commitment to lowering emissions.
“They’re trying to evaluate us based on rules that don’t really apply to us,” said Brian Choquette, president of the Municipal Electric Association of Massachusetts and general manager of Hudson Light and Power.
The report, created by the Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN), assessed the portfolios, policies, and practices of the 41 municipally owned electric companies in the state. Often called municipal light plants, these companies are not subject to many of the regulations that govern investor-owned utilities and competitive electric suppliers. Notably, municipal light plants are exempt from the rules that require a certain slice — currently 14 percent, increasing annually — of the power sold to come from renewable sources. (read more)
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