Broad public support for increasing the amount of electricity coming from renewable energy is turning into new law in states. Following the footsteps of New Jersey and Governor Christie who signed in July a major solar bill, Massachusetts just enacted provisions boosting new renewable energy power facilities. See:
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2012/08/03/new-mass-law-seeks-boost-renewable-energy/LtxvpL8rKprEiWidU419jM/story.html. Also see: http://www.seia.org/news/massachusetts-keeps-solar-power-shining.
The new legislation increases to 7% the amount of renewable energy that utilities must purchase through long-term contracts and doubles the cap on the amount of on-site generation that can qualify for net metering. Massachusetts had limited net metering to 3% of a utility's peak demand but raised that to 6%. The boom in on-site generation, especially solar systems, had meant that the original 3% cap had been reached this year in some areas.
Raising the long-term purchase requirement from 3% to 7% will also insure a significant amount of new renewable generation capacity will receive financing and thus get built. The long-term contract increase combined with doubling the net metering cap means substantial new investment and renewable energy business activity in Massachusetts during the next few years.