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Out-of-state Massachusetts energy ban is lifted

UNITED STATES: State regulators in Massachusetts have removed a contentious ban on out-of-state renewable energy.

The law requires utilities to source a rising percentage of their power from renewable energy, but had limited the clean-power contracts to in-state resources.

In April, Canadian power company and wind developer TransCanada sued Massachusetts for discriminating against out-of-state generators and, as such, it was violating federal legislation known as the Commerce Clause.

The reversal will give wind developers more options for selling power to Massachusetts from wind plants in nearby states.

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