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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard   

Last DSIRE Review: 08/06/2014
Program Overview:
State: Massachusetts
Incentive Type: Other Policy
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Geothermal Heat Pumps, CHP/Cogeneration, Flywheel Energy Storage, Energy Efficient Steam Technology, Solar Thermal, Biomass Thermal, Biogas Thermal, Liquid Biofuel Thermal
Applicable Sectors: Investor-Owned Utility, Retail Supplier
Web Site:
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
M.G.L. ch. 25A, ยง 11F 1/2
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
225 CMR 16.00
Authority 3:
Date Enacted:
S. 2395 (Session Law Chapter 209)
Authority 4:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
H. 4385

In July 2008, Governor Patrick signed a major energy reform bill, the Green Communities Act (S.B. 2768). As part of that legislation, Massachusetts created the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (APS), which requires meeting 5% of the state's electric load with "alternative energy" by 2020 according to the following schedule:

  • 1.00% by 2009
  • 1.50% by 2010
  • 2.00% by 2011
  • 2.50% by 2012
  • 3.00% by 2013
  • 3.50% by 2014
  • 3.75% by 2015
  • 4.00% by 2016
  • 4.25% by 2017
  • 4.50% by 2018
  • 4.75% by 2019
  • 5.00% by 2020

The “alternative energy generating sources” include combined heat and power (CHP) projects, flywheel energy storage, energy efficient steam technology. and renewable technologies that generate useful thermal energy. These projects must be new (start date after January 1, 2008) and must receive a statement of qualification from the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to qualify.

In 2009 and 2010, ~99% of compliance was met using efficient CHP technologies.

  Howard Bernstein
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
100 Cambridge St.
Suite 1020
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 626-7300 Ext.40155
Fax: (617) 727-0030
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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