Comments from Joint Committee on TUE
DOER received the following comments on the proposed revisions to 225 CMR 15.00 from the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy:
Public Comments Received
DOER received the following comments on the proposed revisions to 225 CMR 15.00 by the March 26, 2014 deadline:
Public Comments on Revisions to 225 CMR 15.00 file size 1MB – March 26, 2014
Regulatory Changes to 225 CMR 15.00, RPS Class II
DOER commenced on February 28, 2014, a formal rulemaking process to implement changes in RPS Class II for pre-1998 Renewable and Waste Energy. The proposed amendments address the following:
- Change the Class II Renewable Energy Minimum Standard to reduce the program reliance on ACP
- Increase of the eligible hydro capacity from 5 to 7.5 MW in accordance with statutory change
- Include biomass provisions from Class I regulation
- Adjust the banking provision for Waste Energy Certificates to avoid perpetual oversupply in that fixed supply/demand market.
As part of the rulemaking process, DOER will hold a public hearing on March 21 and accept public comments until 5 PM on March 26, 2014. After the comment period has closed, DOER will incorporate any changes it deems prudent from the public comments and submit the proposed final regulation to the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. The Joint Committee will review the regulation and submit comments back to DOER within 30 days, which DOER must consider for a period of not less than 30 days. Thereafter, the final regulation will be promulgated as soon as possible.
The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is preparing draft regulations to include Renewable Thermal in the Massachusetts Alternative Portfolio Standard (APS) pursuant to Chapter 251 of the Acts of 2014.
This information is provided by the Department of Energy Resources.