New solar power fee draws heat on Beacon Hill

By District Energy posted 01-31-2018 00:00

  

Jon Chesto, Boston Globe

At a State House hearing Tuesday, the co-chairs of the energy committee raised concerns about Eversource’s new charge for homeowners who use solar power.DAVID L. RYAN/GLOBE STAFF/FILE 2017  At a State House hearing Tuesday, the co-chairs of the energy committee raised concerns about Eversource’s new charge for homeowners who use solar power.

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The state Legislature gives, but it can also take away.

Eversource executives confronted this hard truth during an unusual State House hearing on Tuesday when the co-chairs of the energy committee raised concerns about the utility’s new charge for homeowners who use solar power.

Most committee hearings on Beacon Hill are mild affairs, planned out well in advance, to solicit input on various bills. Not this one. Senator Michael Barrett and Representative Thomas Golden decided last week to revisit Eversource’s new solar fee. (Barrett says precipitating factors included a Globe story and a particularly unhappy constituent.)

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