• Section 83A Long Term Contract Carve-out Determination

    October 1, 2014

    In October 2013, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced via Determination of Eligible Technologies (Determination) which renewable energy technologies meet the criteria for the carve-out of the long term contracts requirement pursuant to Section 83A of the Green Communities Act. These long term contracts will contribute to the further growth of renewable power generation in Massachusetts.

    The DOER based its determination on an analysis of the criteria for eligibility laid out in Section 83A and on stakeholder input gathered in May 2013.

    The Massachusetts Distribution Companies are currently preparing the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for long term contracts under Section 83A. In order for a transparent solicitation to proceed, DOER finds that a number of clarifications and specifications were needed in DOER’s Determination. These do not change the technology determination as such, but are meant to provide clear guidance to potential bidders and remove potential ambiguity in evaluating the proposals responding to the RFP.

    As required by Section 83A, the Companies are consulting DOER and the Office of the Attorney General in order to prepare a draft RFP for submittal to the Department of Public Utilities as soon as possible. DOER therefore invites comments on the amended technology determination, but will close the comment period after one week.

    You can find the new version of the determination here, as well as a redlined version, reflecting the edits to the October 2013 version.

    DOER determination Section 83A carve-out - amended pdf format of DOER determination Section 83A carve-out - amended
    DOER determination Section 83A carve-out - amended - redline pdf format of DOER determination Section 83A carve-out - amended - re

    Please send us your comments via e-mail to bram.claeys@state.ma.us by Wednesday, October 8, 2014.

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