Amendment #36 to H.4198

Advancement of Long Term Energy Goals in the Commonwealth

Representatives Hogan of Stow, Kaufman of Lexington, Jones of North Reading, Peterson of Grafton, Hill of Ipswich, Poirier of North Attleborough and deMacedo of Plymouth move that the bill be amended adding the following new section: “SECTION XX. Chapter 164 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 137 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-



Section 137 Notwithstanding any general or special law, rule, or regulation to the contrary; (a) any non-profit institution in the commonwealth or any agency, executive office, department, board, commission, bureau, division, or authority of the commonwealth, including the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the commonwealth, or of any political subdivision thereof, or of any authority established by the general court to serve a public purpose, may, unless located within the boundaries of a community served by a municipal light department, participate in and become a member of any competitively procured program organized and administered, pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, by or on behalf of any public instrumentality of the commonwealth or of any subsidiary organization thereof for the purpose of group purchasing of electricity, natural gas, telecommunications services, or similar products; (b) the disposition of municipal or state real property by lease, easement, or license for renewable energy shall not require competitive bidding when a part of a power purchase agreement or a net metering agreement in a program organized and administered pursuant to this section; (c) any agency, executive office, department, board, commission, bureau, division, or authority of the commonwealth, including the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the commonwealth, are hereby authorized on behalf of the commonwealth to dispose of real property, by lease, easement, or license, which is part of a power purchase agreement or net metering agreement in a program organized and administered pursuant to this section, including but not limited to construction of renewable energy projects on state property; and (d) any renewable project which is part of a power purchase agreement or net metering agreement in a program organized and administered pursuant to this section and deemed to be public construction shall be subject to the provisions of sections 26 to 27 D, inclusive, of chapter 149."