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    Email Address for Public Comment and Questions: NMS.taskforce@massmail.state.ma.us

    Task Force Members

    Member
    Dan Burgess, DOER Commissioner; Task Force Co-Chair
    Angie O'Connor, DPU Chair; Task Force Co-Chair
    Benjamin B. Downing, Senator
    Brian S. Dempsey, Representative 
    Eric J. Krathwohl, Rich May, P.C.
    Liam Holland
    Paul Brennan, Attorney General’s Office
    David Colton, Easton Town Administrator
    Robert Rio, Associated Industries of Massachusetts
    Charles Harak, National Consumer Law Center
    William Stillinger, SEBANE
    Fred Zalcman, SunEdison and Solar Energy Industries Association
    Janet Besser, New England Clean Energy Council
    Geoff Chapin, Next Step Living
    Lisa Podgurski, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 103
    Camilo Serna, Eversource
    Amy Rabinowitz, National Grid

     

    Task Force Established by Ch. 251 of Acts of 2014, SECTION 7

     

    SECTION 7.  (a) There shall be a net metering task force established to review the long-term viability of net metering and develop recommendations on incentives and programs to support the deployment of 1600 MW of solar generation facilities in the commonwealth. The task force shall report on its findings and make recommendations to the general court to encourage the continued expansion of solar generation in the commonwealth.

        The task force shall consist of 17 members or their designees: 1 of whom shall be the chair of public utilities, who shall serve as co-chair; 1 of whom shall be the commissioner of energy resources, who shall serve as co-chair; 1 of whom shall be the attorney general in the role of the commonwealth’s ratepayer advocate; 2 of whom shall be the co-chairs of the joint committee on telecommunications, utilities and energy, 1 of whom shall be appointed by the senate minority leader; 1 of whom shall be appointed by the house minority leader; 4 of whom shall be appointed by the governor from a list of persons submitted by the following organizations and associations, the Massachusetts Municipal Association, the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the National Consumer Law Center and the New England Clean Energy Council; and 6 persons to be appointed by the governor, 1 of whom shall be a representative from a solar energy business association serving members actively doing business across a broad cross-section of the commonwealth’s solar market, 1 of whom shall be a representative of a Massachusetts renewable energy business association encompassing multiple renewable portfolio standard eligible technologies, 1 of whom shall be a representative of a solar business primarily serving residential customers in urban areas, 1 of whom shall be a representative of large electric users and 2 of whom shall be representatives of Massachusetts investor owned utilities. A vacancy on the task force shall be filled in the manner in which the original appointment was made.   Members of the task force shall receive no compensation for their services.  The task force may request from all state agencies such information and assistance as the task force may require.

        (b)  The task force shall assess and report to the legislature on the costs and benefits of the existing net metering framework from the perspectives of the customer-generator, non-participating ratepayers and the citizens of the commonwealth at large.  The task force shall review incentive programs offered in other states, including standard offer, declining block incentives and competitive procurements and shall also include in its findings an analysis on the impact of a minimum bill, paid by all ratepayers in all rate classes, as a mechanism to support a reliable electric distribution system. The task force shall meet periodically and shall consult with additional electric distribution companies, consumer organizations, renewable energy businesses residing in the commonwealth and other interested parties as required and shall provide for at least 2 opportunities for public comment in different geographical areas of the commonwealth.
     

      (c)  The task force shall convene its first meeting on or before October 1, 2014 and shall submit its final report, along with any recommendations for legislative or regulatory reforms on or before March 31, 2015, with the clerks of the house of representatives and the senate who shall forward a copy of the report to the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on telecommunications, utilities and energy.

        (d)  The task force shall be dissolved within 180 days after the submission of the final commission report pursuant to subsection (c).