Written on: January 16, 2017 by ICM
Renewable Heating and Cooling Credits in Massachusetts for Thermal Sources (Biofuel & Wood Biomass) Under the Alternative Portfolio Standard (APS)
In 2014 the Massachusetts legislature enacted Chapter 251 of the Acts of 2014 authorizing the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) with developing regulations under the Alternative Portfolio Standard (APS), to include renewable thermal energy sources including liquid biofuels blended with home heating oil and hence provide a per-gallon renewable energy credit to retail heating oil marketers delivering biofuel blends to residential and commercial customers. There is currently no exact per gallon amount for the credit.
In May of 2016, DOER released the first draft of the regulations. MEMA coordinated a team of retailers, biofuel suppliers and others to assist the association in providing oral and written comments on the draft regulations.
In June of 2016, MEMA provided testimony at public hearings and in writing to DOER. Key comments on the first draft of regulations included:
For more on the first draft of the regulations visit DOER’s web site: