A bill advancing in the state Senate would create a group to study procurement of long-term renewable contracts.
Advocates are already pressing the online giant to help fund bicycle and pedestrian projects in Arlington County.
The state’s capital city adopted a 100 percent renewable pledge last year and hopes that others will follow.
Northampton is exploring ways to use community choice aggregation savings to fund clean energy projects.
Smart grid upgrades may offer less risk in some areas, but experts say conventional transmission projects are still needed in others.