SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the department of energy resources may require distribution companies, as defined in section 1 of chapter 164 of the General Laws, to jointly and competitively conduct additional offshore wind generation solicitations and procurements, if it finds it is necessary to meet the statewide greenhouse gas emissions limits established in chapter 21N of the General Laws. Any selected projects must use practices to avoid, minimize, and mitigate impact to wildlife, natural resources, ecosystems, and traditional or existing water-dependent uses.
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