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Massachusetts legislators have introduced a bill that would secure big wins for grid modernization, including for distributed energy resources (DERs). The proposed law would require utilities to provide “publicly accessible hosting capacity maps” detailing opportunities for distributed energy resources; identify locationally-based incentives for DERs; and to competitively seek non-wires projects for necessary grid upgrades. The measure would also direct utilities to offer time-of-use rate options by 2018, and puts limits on fixed charge increases. Additionally, the bill would establish a Grid Modernization Board, which would review grid modernization plans that utilities would be mandated to develop every five years. A separate bill is being advanced in the Massachusetts legislature to increase the state’s renewable portfolio standard.
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