New England regional renewables procurement

Thursday, June 1, 2017

As states enact and pursue energy policy goals such as sourcing power from solar, offshore wind, or other "clean energy" resources, here's a quick look at some of the regional renewable procurement activity ongoing in New England: 

New England Clean Energy RFP: This "three-State Clean Energy RFP" focused on Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.  Although each state enacted its own statutory framework for procurement, soliciting parties including the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Policy and utilities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island released a joint Request for Proposals in September 2015.  Bids were due by January 28, 2016.  Following an evaluation period, bidders were selected for contract negotiation and notified on October 24, 2016.  The states collectively selected the following proposals representing approximately 460 megawatts in total:
Antrim Wind
Ranger Solar
Cassadaga Wind
RES Americas – Both Submissions(1 and 2)
Deepwater Wind
Massachusetts Section 83C RFP for Long-term Contracts for Offshore Wind Energy: A 2016 state law requires utilities to competitively solicit and contract for approximately 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind, starting by June 30, 2017.  On April 28, 2017, submitted their proposed RFP to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities for review and approval.  Through the RFP, the utilities will seek proposals for “Offshore Wind Energy Generation” and associated transmission necessary to deliver such generation to the mainland ISO New England, Inc. grid.  According to the proposed timeline, bids would be due in December 2017, with project selection in May 2018.

Massachusetts Section 83D RFP for Long-term Contracts for Clean Energy: On March 31, 2017, the Massachusetts Electric Distribution companies, in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, issued a Request for Proposals for Long-term Contracts for Clean Energy Projects pursuant to Section 83D of Chapter 169 of the Acts of 2008, as amended by chapter 188 of the Acts of 2016, An Act to Promote Energy Diversity.  Bids are due by July 27, 2017, with project selection expected in January 2018.

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