Section 83A Long Term Contract Carve-out Determination and Solicitation
Beginning June 25, 2015, Massachusetts electric distribution companies, Unitil, Eversource Energy and National Grid (collectively, “the Companies”), seek proposals for the supply of electric energy and/or Renewable Energy Certificates (“RECs”) from newly developed, small, emerging or diverse renewable energy distributed generation facilities under long-term power purchase agreements pursuant to Section 83A of the Green Communities Act (“Section 83A”). The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) previously published its Determination of Eligible Technologies for this solicitation, which can be found below. The Department of Public Utilities approved a model RFP proposed by the Companies on June 4, 2015. Unitil, Eversource Energy and National Grid have issued separate requests for proposals (“RFP”) based off of this approved model because this carve-out provision of Section 83A calls for projects to be developed within the contracting distribution company’s service territory.
The deadline for submitting bids under this RFP is 12pm Eastern Prevailing Time on August 6, 2015.
Complete bidder questions and answers can be found on individual Company web sites (links below).
DOER highlights three RFP requirements for potential bidders as they consider the process:
- Bidders are strongly encouraged to engage legal counsel and any necessary subject matter experts prior to submitting a proposal, so that all RFP requirements are evaluated, and, if selected, the bidder is prepared to finalize an agreement promptly;
- Eligible Facilities are required to submit an RPS Class I Statement of Qualification Application to the DOER and receive either a Statement of Qualification or conditional Statement of Qualification from DOER, for participation in the Class I RPS program. All applicants must proceed through the same application process. DOER will work with applicants to determine if it is determined that a conditional Statement of Qualification is appropriate; and,
- Eligible Bids are required to have a pre-application report pursuant to the appropriate Distribution Company’s Standards for Interconnection.
DOER’s Determination of Eligible Technologies can be found here: DOER determination Section 83A carve-out - amended .
The RFP for each company can be found on the electric distribution companies individual procurement pages:
Any questions regarding the RFP must be sent to all of three of the contacts below: Todd Bohan Corinne DiDomenico William Hass
Issue RFP June 25, 2015 Bidders Conference July 9, 2015 Submit Notice of Intent to Bid July 16, 2015 Deadline for Submission of Questions July 16, 2015 Due Date for Submission of Proposals August 6, 2015 Selection of Short-Listed Bidders December 4, 2015 Finalize and Execute Contracts January 4, 2016 Submit Contracts for MDPU Approval February 1, 2016