House of Representatives - Commonwealth of Massachusetts
On or before December 31, 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) shall determine whether to set appropriate targets for electric companies to procure viable and cost-effective energy storage systems by a target date of January 1, 2020. If found appropriate, DOER would have until July 1, 2017, to adopt the procurement targets. The targets would then be re-evaluated not less than once every three years.
SECTION 15. (a) On or before December 31, 2016, the department of energy resources shall determine whether to set appropriate targets for electric companies to procure viable and cost-effective energy storage systems to be achieved by January 1, 2020. As part of this decision, the department may consider a variety of policies to encourage the cost-effective deployment of energy storage systems, including the refinement of existing procurement methods to properly value energy storage systems, the use of alternative compliance payments to develop pilot programs and the use of energy efficiency funds under section 19 of chapter 25 of the General 36 of 37 Laws if the department determines that the energy storage system installed at a customer’s premises provides sustainable peak load reductions on either the electric or gas distribution systems and is otherwise consistent with section 11G of chapter 25A of the General Laws. (b) The department shall adopt the procurement targets, if determined to be appropriate under subsection (a), by July 1, 2017. The department shall reevaluate the procurement targets not less than once every 3 years.
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