MONTRÉAL, Aug. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Today Hydro-Québec praised the actions of Governor Baker and the Massachusetts legislature for enacting clean energy legislation that recognizes the important role of hydropower in the supply mix. The new measure is historic as it authorizes the purchase of significant quantities hydropower and the associated transmission needed to deliver it to customers for the first time in the Commonwealth. With this new law, Massachusetts is better positioned to meet its 2020 GHG emissions reduction requirement under the Global Warming Solutions Act. Moreover, it establishes a foundation from which the entire New England region can collaborate to transition to a cost-effective clean energy future of scale.
The measure is innovative as it promotes options for hydropower to be paired with other variable renewable sources, such as wind and solar, to deliver blended renewable products to the marketplace. In this way, Massachusetts has created an opportunity, unavailable until now, to benefit from the flexibility and energy volume offered by large hydropower resources – and increased integration of local renewable resources.