- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts Senate is poised to debate legislation designed to increase the state’s reliance on renewable energy sources, including offshore wind and hydropower.

The bill up for debate Thursday would set more aggressive energy targets than a similar bill approved by the House.

The Senate bill would set a goal for utilities to sign long-term contracts for 2,000 megawatts of offshore wind energy, compared to 1,200 megawatts in the House bill.

It also would set a goal of 1,500 megawatts from other sources of renewable energy, including hydropower, compared to 1,200 megawatts set in the House proposal.

Under the Senate bill, utilities would be encouraged to buy energy storage systems to help stockpile solar and wind energy. The bill would also look at ways to promote energy efficiency in homes.

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