Massachusetts coalition urging thermal parity

By Staff | July 01, 2013

A new coalition in Massachusetts has formed to advocate for renewable heat policies within the state. The Biomass Thermal Energy Council, the Massachusetts Forest Alliance, and the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas are among the biomass-focused organizations that have formed the new Massachusetts Renewable Thermal Coalition.

The coalition is urging for support of Massachusetts legislation, S. 1593, that would add renewable thermal energy technologies and fuels to the state’s Alternative Portfolio Standard.  “For the last decade, the commonwealth has been a leader in promoting technologies that generate renewable electricity. But until now, our renewable energy strategy has lacked similar incentives for renewable heating fuels. This bill closes that gap and brings us one step closer to achieving the goals set forth in our Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008,” said State Sen. Barry Finegold, who is sponsoring the legislation.

“Thermal energy represents more than one-third of all energy consumed in Massachusetts,” says David O’Connor, former Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. “Despite this, support for renewable heat through state policy has been very limited, while promotion of renewable electricity generation gets significant attention.”