• 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  pdf format of 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


    RFP Schedule



    Issue RFPJune 25, 2015
    Bidders ConferenceJuly 9, 2015
    Submit Notice of Intent to BidJuly 16, 2015
    Deadline for Submission of QuestionsJuly 16, 2015
    Due Date for Submission of ProposalsAugust 6, 2015
    Selection of Short-Listed BiddersDecember 4, 2015
    Finalize and Execute ContractsJanuary 4, 2016
    Submit Contracts for MDPU ApprovalFebruary 1, 2016