The Distribution Companies and Department of Energy Resources have completed the evaluation of bids received in response to the Section 83D Clean Energy request for proposals (“Section 83D 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 83D RFP.
Northern Pass Transmission, Hydro was determined to be the winning bid, which represents an annual purchase of approximately 9,450,000 megawatt-hours of clean 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 83D RFP. If the bid selected to advance to contract negotiation at this stage does not successfully negotiate contracts, it may result in other bid(s) being selected to advance to contract negotiations.
Correspondence to the EDCs regarding the status of the Northern Pass Project
On February 1, 2018, the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (NHSEC) voted unanimously to deny the Northern Pass project a Certificate of Site and Facility. In order to fully assess the potential impacts of the NHSEC vote, the Department of Energy Resources (“DOER”) sent a letter on February 2, 2018 requesting that the Electric Distributions Companies (“EDCs”) send a communication to the Northern Pass Project seeking an update on the status of the project in light of this vote. Further, DOER requested that the EDCs meet with the DOER and the Independent Evaluator no later than February 9th to discuss the matter. The Independent Evaluator also received a copy of this letter.
February 16, 2018
The Department of Energy Resources (“DOER”) provides this update on the Section 83D of the Act Relative to Green Communities (“Section 83D”) Request for Proposals for Clean Energy (“RFP”) along with an overview of Section 83D and the solicitation process in the RFP.
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