Mass. Calls for Improved Clean Energy Connections

Posted by jcashman

Courtesy of Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts officials are recommending ways to improve how utilities connect smaller renewable energy projects to the grid, saying the demand for such connections is surging.

The state released a report Thursday showing a seven-fold increase in demand for such interconnection service. Projects that need the service include smaller-scale wind turbines, hydro systems and solar panel installations.

In a filing with the Department of Public Utilities, the state recommended changes including shorter timelines for interconnection applications and a more efficient application process.

State energy chief Richard Sullivan said clean energy technology will be adopted more quickly if such projects can be connected to existing utility infrastructure more efficiently.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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