Comments received in response to DOER’s request for stakeholder input on the development of the timetable and method of solicitation for Section 83C are now posted. To view these comments, visit 83C II.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.