SECTION 1. Section 1 of Chapter 23M of the Massachusetts General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after “other conventional energy sources” the following:-
, or (3) participation in a district heating and cooling system by qualifying commercial or industrial real property, or (4) participation in a microgrid, including any related infrastructure for such microgrid, by qualifying commercial or industrial real property, provided such microgrid and any related infrastructure incorporate clean energy.
SECTION 2. Said Section 1 of Chapter 23M is hereby further amended by inserting the following definitions:-
“District heating and cooling system” means a local system consisting of a pipeline or network providing hot water, chilled water, or steam from one or more sources to multiple buildings.
“Microgrid”, a group of interconnected loads and distributed energy sources within clearly defined electrical boundaries that acts as a single controllable entity with respect to the grid and that connects and disconnects from such grid to enable it to operate in both grid connected and island mode.
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