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83C: DOER seeks stakeholder comment

Section 83C of Chapter 169 of the Acts of 2008 (“Section 83C”), as amended by Chapter 188 of the Acts of 2016, An Act to Promote Energy Diversity, allows the distribution companies to conduct one or more competitive solicitations through a staggered procurement schedule developed by the distribution companies and the Department of Energy Resources (“DOER”) with any subsequent solicitation occurring within 24 months of the previous solicitation. DOER issues this document and requests stakeholder input on the development of the timetable and method of solicitation.

Responses should be emailed to MARFP83C@gmail.com by Monday January 14, 2019 at 5:00pm.  Please note that responses will be considered public, and will be shared with all parties of the 83C Evaluation Team, including the Electric Distribution Companies and the Independent Evaluator, and the Attorney General’s Office. The 83C Evaluation Team may have additional Stakeholder Questions as the timetable and method of solicitation is developed and Stakeholder responses are reviewed.

83C: Long-Term Contracts for the Vineyard Wind 800 MW Project Filed for DPU Approval

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.

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 for renewable resources pursuant to Section 83C.

83D: Long-Term Contracts for the New England Clean Energy Connect 100% Hydro Project Filed for DPU Approval

The Electric Distribution Companies (“EDCs”) announced today, July 23, 2018, that they have filed long-term contracts with Central Maine Power Company and H.Q. Energy Services (U.S.) Inc. for the New England Clean Energy Connect 100% Hydro project (“NECEC Hydro”) for review and approval by the Department of Public Utilities. The NECEC Hydro project was selected pursuant to the Section 83D Procurement.

To access to filing documents on the DPU website, click here and enter 18-64, 18-65, or 18-66.

The Electric Distribution Companies Announce Contract Execution for NECEC Hydro

The Electric Distribution Companies (“EDC”) announced today that they have successfully concluded negotiations and executed long-term contracts with Central Maine Power Company and HQ Energy Services (US) Inc. for the New England Clean Energy Connect 100% Hydro project (“NECEC Hydro”), which was selected pursuant to the Section 83D Procurement.  The EDC will be seeking approval from the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities for the executed long-term contracts and will be making a filing in the coming weeks.

The Distribution Companies and Department of Energy Resources Have Completed the Evaluation of 83C Bids Received

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.