- Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to testify in favor of two of his renewable energy bills at a public hearing at the Statehouse on Tuesday.

One bill would require Massachusetts utilities to work with the state Department of Energy Resources to pursue long-term contracts for bringing hydropower into the state.

Baker has long expressed interest in Canadian hydropower.

A second bill would raise existing caps on the state’s “net metering” program that allows homeowners, businesses and local governments to sell excess solar power they generate back to the electrical grid in exchange for credit on their bills.

The proposals are among several energy-related bills to be heard by the Legislature’s Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stan Rosenberg both say they want to pass major renewable energy legislation.

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