Mass. Senate bill would cap electricity rate hikes
Bill also backs small energy producers
Leaders of the Massachusetts Senate are proposing to cap rate increases by utilities and require them to buy more power from small-scale producers as part of an effort to control the high cost of electricity in the state. The legislation, scheduled for debate in the Senate Thursday, includes a number of provisions to update Massachusetts’ Green Communities Act, adopted four years ago to encourage greater energy conservation and increased production of renewable sources of power, such as solar and wind.