The Massachusetts Electric Distribution companies, in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, are issuing an RFP for Long-term Contracts for Offshore Wind Energy Projects pursuant to Section 83C of Chapter 169 of the Acts of 2008, as amended by Chapter 188 of the Acts of 2016, An Act to Promote Energy Diversity and Section 21 of Chapter 227 of the Acts of 2018, An Act to Advance Clean Energy. This is Massachusetts’ third offshore wind solicitation and is part of a procurement schedule developed by the Distribution Companies and DOER in accordance with the authority granted to DOER.
On March 10, 2021 the Massachusetts distribution companies jointly submitted a request for approval of the 83C III RFP to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities.
The proposed RFP and supporting documents have been posted to the 83C III Documents section of this website.
Stakeholders were invited to submit written comments by Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 5pm. Stakeholders were welcome to comment on any aspect of the draft RFP regardless of whether they have been modified since Round 2.
The stakeholder comments the RFP drafting team received are now posted for review.
In response to some stakeholder requests, the RFP Team will consider written comments on the Draft 83C Round 3 RFP submitted up to Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 5pm. Given that the RFP Team has limited time to review comments and finalize the RFP, commenters are encouraged to submit comments as soon as possible.
The drafting team, consisting of the Distribution Companies and DOER in consultation with the Attorney General’s Office and overseen by an Independent Evaluator, is seeking public comment on this draft Request For Proposal (referred to as “draft RFP” or “RFP”). This draft RFP for which public comment is sought includes the main RFP text and selected appendices; all other appendices, including the Bidder Response Form, are still being developed. The draft RFP is presented in both a “clean” version and a “redline” version that shows changes against the prior solicitation issued in the 83C Round 2 solicitation on May 23, 2019. A summary of the proposed substantive changes is included here.
Stakeholders are invited to submit written comments via email to MARFP83C@gmail.com by Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 5pm. Stakeholders are welcome to comment on any aspect of the draft RFP regardless of whether they have been modified since Round 2.
The RFP drafting team will publish all stakeholder comments received in response to this request at the website MACleanEnergy.com. The RFP drafting team will review all stakeholder comments received and may make responsive changes prior to submitting the RFP to the Department of Public Utilities for approval pursuant to Section 83C.
Please note that the draft RFP in its entirety, including any appendices, are still under review by the RFP drafting team and subject to change, and this request for comments does not commit the RFP drafting team to either respond to or implement any comments received.