SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - State regulators are requiring utility companies to get more electricity from renewable sources.
Companies like the Western Mass Electric Company and National Grid will now have to solicit bids for long-term clean energy contracts at least twice by the end of 2016.
It's part of a larger mandate that utilities get a growing percentage of power from renewables, such as wind and solar.
Renewables are often more expensive than fossil fuel sources such as natural gas.
The extra costs in clean energy contracts are typically passed on to you.