Massachusetts Electric Companies and DOER Propose RFP for Offshore Wind Clean Energy Projects

On April 28, 2017, the Massachusetts investor-owned electric distribution companies, in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), submitted for review proposals for up to 800 megawatts of offshore wind and associated transmission to enter into long-term contracts of 15 - 20 years.

The proposed RFP is the Soliciting Parties initial solicitation to contract for Offshore Wind Energy Generation consistent with Section 83C of the Green Communities Act, as amended in 2016, which requires the Distribution Companies to enter into cost-effective, long-term contracts for generation equal to 1,600 MW of aggregate nameplate capacity by no later than June 30, 2027. Together with the ongoing solicitation for onshore Clean Energy Generation issued on March 31, 2017 (and previously summarized here), the RFP reflects the Commonwealth’s continued commitment to procuring additional clean energy and provides bidders with a substantial opportunity to assist Massachusetts in meeting those commitments in a timely manner. This alert provides a high-level summary of the RFP, as well as next steps and important dates to remember.

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