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The 193rd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT RELATIVE TO MUNICIPAL LIGHT PLANT PARTICIPATION IN GREEN COMMUNITIES

     Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
     SECTION 1.  Section 20 of chapter 25 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2020 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following subsection:-
     (c)  Notwithstanding subsection (b), a municipality served by a municipal lighting plant that serves multiple municipalities that does not supply generation service outside its own service territory or does not open its service territory to competition at the retail level and that has not elected to assess and remit a mandatory charge pursuant to said subsection (b) may adopt a mandatory charge per kilowatt-hour upon its electricity consumers on the same terms and conditions as apply to the charge imposed on consumers residing in competitive distribution service territories under this section; provided, however, that the municipal light plant shall collect the charge from ratepayers through electric bills. SECTION 2.  Subsection (e) of section 10 of chapter 25A of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding the following sentence:- In adopting such regulations, the division shall require that a municipality served by a municipal light plant that serves multiple municipalities shall be permitted to qualify as a green community if the municipality has chosen to adopt the renewable energy charge pursuant to subsection (c) of section 20 of chapter 25.

Approved, September 30, 2022.