- Massachusetts' Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) was one of the first programs in the nation that required a certain percentage of the state's electricity to come from renewable energy. The Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (APS) was established to complement the RPS Program, providing requirements and incentives for alternative electricity technologies.
Energy storage can provide significant benefits for the energy grid, renewable energy generators, ratepayers and the Massachusetts economy. The Energy Storage Initiative (ESI) includes a $10 million commitment from the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and a two-part study from DOER and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) to analyze opportunities to support Commonwealth storage companies, as well as develop policy options to encourage energy storage deployment.
This $40 million initiative is a grant program focused on municipal resilience that uses clean energy technology solutions to protect communities from interruptions in energy services due to severe climate events made worse by the effects of climate change.
- If you install behind-the-meter distributed energy resources, such as solar panels, CHP, storage, or wind turbines to provide electricity on your site, the Massachusetts Interconnection and Distributed Generation Website has resources to help you understand the process to connect to your electric company. Information at the website includes Standards for Interconnection (Tariffs), Monthly DG Workshops, Utility Interconnection Time Frame Performance, the quarterly MA Technical Standards Review Group, and utility circuit data to aid low cost, high value site selection.
Thermal energy is used for heating and cooling buildings, as well as for certain industrial processes. Today there is an expanding opportunity to use local renewable energy resources such as sunlight, sustainable biomass, the earth or ambient air.
- Biomass includes a variety of versatile renewable fuel sources derived from organic plant and animal material, such as wood, crops, landfill gas, solid waste, and alcohol fuels. These locally produced resources can be used to generate electricity, provide heat, and develop alternative transportation fuels.