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Environmental Advocates To Push New Energy Goals For Massachusetts

Advocates plan to launch a campaign Monday for 100 percent renewable energy in Massachusetts.

A list of supporters will be made public for a bill that would make Massachusetts the first state in the nation to commit to 100 percent renewable energy in all sectors of its economy.  

The bill was filed as growth in the state’s solar industry slowed last year.

         Ben Hellerstein of Environment Massachusetts blamed a lengthy legislative standoff over lifting caps on the solar incentive program known as net-metering.

" A year was too long to wait," said Hellerstein.

Officials with the Massachusetts Department of Energy are promoting a plan they say will increase solar power capacity, stabilize revenue for the solar industry, and reduce the burden on utility rate payers.

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