This solicitation has concluded.

Please view page 83C II for updates on the second solicitation in Section 83C.


The Distribution Companies and Department of Energy Resources have completed the evaluation of bids received in response to the Section 83C Offshore Wind Energy Generation request for proposals (“Section 83C RFP”).  The bid evaluation process included monitoring and assistance by an Independent Evaluator.  The Distribution Companies have already contacted all bidders regarding their proposals under the Section 83C RFP.

Vineyard Wind was determined to be the winning bidder by the Distribution Companies. The Vineyard Wind Bid 2 (800MW) connecting with a generator lead line is the selected bid, which represents a purchase of approximately 800 megawatts of Offshore Wind Energy Generation for the Commonwealth’s electric customers.  The final acceptance of the bid and the award of a contract is conditional upon the successful negotiation of the contract and required regulatory approval at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, as provided in the Section 83C RFP.

July 2, 2018

On July 2, 2018, the Distribution Companies informed the Department of Public Utilities that the Distribution Companies are in the final stages of contract negotiation pursuant to Section 83C of the Green Communities Act, as added by Chapter 188 of the Acts of 2016, An Act to Promote Energy Diversity.

For more information about progress and regulatory approvals, please see the 83C Timeline section on this website, and check back for updates.

July 31, 2018

The Electric Distribution Companies (“EDCs”) announced that they have filed, on July 31, 2018, long-term contracts with Vineyard Wind LLC for an 800 megawatt offshore wind generation project (“800 MW Vineyard Wind Project”) for review and approval by the Department of Public Utilities. The Vineyard Wind project was selected pursuant to the Section 83C Procurement. To access to filing documents on the DPU website, click here and enter 18-76, 18-77, or 18-78.

August 1, 2018

The Department of Energy Resources (DOER) today submitted a filing letter requesting that the Department of Public Utilities approve the above referenced long-term contracts