Post-400 MW Solar Policy Development
For information on the on-going policy development of the solar program after the 400 MW cap of the current RPS Solar Carve-Out program, view this dedicated web page .
RPS Class I Draft Regulation (April 12, 2013)
DOER filed its draft regulation with the Clerk of the House on April 12, 2013, under the requirements of G.L.C. 25A s12. This regulation was referred to the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy for its 30-day review. After its review, the Committee will provide comments on the regulation to DOER.
In preparing the draft regulation, DOER considered the many comments on the proposed draft regulation received at the Public Hearings and through the written comment process (see below). We are grateful for this input. The proposed draft regulation provided to the Legislature in this filing is available below.
Assurance of Qualification Guideline
Per 225 CMR 14.05(4)(l) of DOER’s proposed draft RPS Class I regulation, DOER has developed a draft Assurance of Qualification Guideline designed to provide clarity to the queuing and review process as the 400 MW Solar Carve-Out program cap is approached.
DOER will accept stakeholder comments on the draft Guideline through April 25th. Comments should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the following subject line “Comments – AoQ Guideline.”
Regulatory Changes to 225 CMR 14.00 RPS Class I
DOER has commenced a formal rulemaking to address important changes to the RPS Solar Carve-Out program. The rulemaking also includes non-solar changes to the RPS Class I program to address previously identified needs to improve the program design. As part of the rulemaking process, DOER will be accepting public comments and holding a public hearing. 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. Once the regulation is returned to DOER, the final regulation will be promulgated as soon as possible.
Any interested party could submit written comments during the period which ran from:
March 1st – March 25th, 2013
DOER accepted written comments on this proposed regulation until 5:00 pm on March 25, 2013. DOER preferred that written comments be submitted as attached pdf files to emails addressed to DOER.SREC@state.ma.us, with the word COMMENTS in the subject line. Alternatively, comments could be submitted via mail to Michael Judge at the Department of Energy Resources, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1020, Boston, MA 02114.
DOER held a public hearing on this proposed regulation March 22, 2013 in the Gardner Auditorium, Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA 02133 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Any interested party could attend and give verbal testimony on the proposed changes. Parties were requested to provide written copies of their testimony.
Public Comments Received
DOER has received the following comments as of March 25, 2013 deadline:
Environment Massachusetts 29 (Note: 430 identical copies of this comment have been received from Environment Massachusetts on behalf of different individuals to date.)
My Generation Energy, Inc., Michael Stone file size 1MB
DOER has received the following comments on the draft Guideline as of the April 25, 2013 deadline:
The Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy provided the following comments to DOER on the draft regulation on April 25, 2013:
This information is provided by the Department of Energy Resources.