On April 25, 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 83D of the Green Communities Act, as added by Chapter 188 of the Acts of 2016, An Act to Promote Energy Diversity.
A notification has been filed with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities extending the date for “Selection of Projects for Negotiation” to May 23, 2018. The date for submission of contracts for DPU approval (July 31, 2018) is expected to remain the same, therefore the period for negotiation and execution of contracts would be between May 23, 2018 and July 2, 2018.
March 28, 2018
The Electric Distributions Companies (“EDCs”) have terminated the conditional selection of the Northern Pass Hydro project (“NPT Hydro”). The EDCs are in the process of concluding contract negotiations with the New England Clean Energy Connect 100% Hydro project (“NECEC Hydro”) and intend to execute agreements with NECEC Hydro for submittal to the Department of Public Utilities, assuming negotiations are concluded successfully.
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.
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.
See the 83D section of the website for more information.
Public versions of the bids received in response to the Massachusetts Clean Energy 83C RFP can be viewed in the 83C Bids section of this website. Please note that the posting of public versions of bids received is subject to change, pending verification of full compliance with all submission requirements, as provided in the RFP. The site will be updated as necessary.
The Bidder Conference for 83C was held on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017.
To see details about the Bidder Conference, view the 83C Bidder Conference page.