House lawmakers are preparing to unveil a long-awaited bill that could make Canadian hydropower and offshore wind more prominent pieces of the state's energy landscape.

Members of a legislative committee that oversees energy issues were voting on the legislation Monday. It would go to the full House if approved by the panel.

A version of the bill was filed last year by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the bill, which hasn't yet been publicly released. It calls for utilities to solicit long-term contracts of 15-20 years with providers of hydropower and offshore wind. The solicitations may be conducted jointly with other New England states.

Baker and legislative leaders have called it one of the most important priorities for the current Beacon Hill session.