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Regulator holding back climate-friendly, energy-saving equipment deployment, critics say

Heat pumps, solar power could be made more accessible for low-income communities in Massachusetts.


By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | January 12, 2022
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Critics are charging that the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities is hindering the prospects for low-income communities to save money on energy via community solar projects and other energy efficiency measures that benefit the climate.

According to a report in the Boston Globe, critics say about 20,000 low-income households could be getting solar energy credits that would save them money, but bureaucratic inertia at the state agency is holding back progress. The agency cited the need for additional layers of approval that will take an indeterminate amount of time to work through.

The state’s Energy and Environment Agency, which oversees the DPU, says the department faces limits set by existing statutes, and needs to move ahead cautiously as it sets a template for renewable projects. The DPU logjams may need to be resolved either by the state legislature or by the state’s highest court, the Globe reported.

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