On August 9, 2018, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law An Act to Advance Clean Energy, which requires the DOER to develop a program requiring retail electricity providers to meet a baseline minimum percentage of sales with qualified clean peak resources that dispatch or discharge electricity to the electric distribution system during seasonal peak periods, or alternatively, reduces load on said system. DOER is charged with establishing seasonal peak periods, which are defined by the statute as “the daily time windows during any of the 4 annual seasons when the net demand of electricity is the highest; provided however, that a seasonal peak shall be not less than 1 hour and no longer than 4 hours in any season, as determined by the department.” DOER must also establish a value for clean peak certificates for each megawatt hour of energy or energy reserves during the seasonal peak period by creating an alternative compliance payment rate and potentially other mechanisms. Lastly, DOER must determine a metering and verification protocol to ensure that all data is collected, reviewed and reported in a consistent manner.
DOER encourages all interested parties to check this page regularly for updates. Stakeholders can also sign up to receive email updates here.
Summer – Fall 2020 – Clean Peak Energy Standard Guidelines
On August 14, 2020 the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) posted drafted guidelines on the topics listed below in order to support the Clean Peak Energy Standard regulation and provide further clarification to stakeholders.
Comments were due to DOER on September 4, 2020. DOER received the following comments on the draft guidelines.
CPS Guideline Comments (ZIP File)
Clean Peak Energy Standard were updated based on stakeholder comments and published on October 26, 2020.
These Guidelines include:
- Clean Peak Resource Eligibility Guideline
- Clean Peak Demand Response Resource Guideline
- Clean Peak Energy Reserves Guidelines
- Clean Peak Distribution Circuit Multiplier Guideline
- Clean Peak Determination of Sales Guideline
Summer 2020 - Final Regulation Filed with the Secretary of State
In accordance with Section 12 of Chapter 25A of the Massachusetts General Laws, DOER has filed the final regulation, 225 CMR 21.00 — the Clean Peak Energy Portfolio Standard.
The final regulation was filed with the state secretary on July 23, 2020 and took effect on publication in the Register on August 7, 2020.
The materials filed can be accessed here.
Spring 2020 - Final Regulation Filed with General Court
In accordance with Section 12 of Chapter 25A of the Massachusetts General Laws, DOER has filed the final amendments to 225 CMR 21.00 — the Clean Peak Energy Portfolio Standard.
The final regulation was modified upon the review of the Joint Committee’s report following the filing of the proposed regulation. DOER will file the final regulations with the state secretary not earlier than thirty days from the date the filing of the final amendments with the General Court.
The materials filed can be accessed here (zip file)
Winter 2020 - Regulation Filed with General Court
Pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 25A Section 12, DOER has filed its proposed 225 CMR 21.00, the Clean Peak Standard Regulation, and a summary of the regulations, to the General Court.
The materials filed can be accessed here (zip file)
Fall 2019 - Proposed Regulation Available to Public for Review and Comment
On Friday, September 20, 2019, acting under statutory authority of M.G.L. Ch. 25A § 17, DOER filed Notice of Public Review of the proposed 225 CMR 21.00, the Clean Peak Energy Portfolio Standard regulation with the Secretary of State for the Commonwealth to be published in the Massachusetts Register.
The public notice for this filing can be found here
The unofficial version of the proposed regulations can be found here
Public comments were due to DOER on October 30, 2019. DOER received the following comments on the proposed regulation.
Fall 2019 - Public Hearings on Proposed Regulation
DOER hosted three public hearings on the draft regulation at the following times and places:
Friday, October 25, 2019, 10:00AM – 12:00PM Department of Energy Resources, Boston, MA
Monday, October 28, 2019, 10:00AM – 12:00PM Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA
Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 10:00AM – 12:00PM Department of Fish and Wildlife, Westborough, MA 01581
Fall 2019 - Consultant Study
DOER hired a consultant to develop a model to evaluate the impacts of Clean Peak Portfolio Standard market design changes. The consultant final report is posted below.
Summer 2019 - Draft Regulation Presentation
DOER incorporated the results of consultant analysis, policy considerations, and feedback received on the development of the Clean Peak Standard into a detailed draft regulation presentation and held two stakeholder meetings on August 7, 2019 and August 9, 2019 respectively.
Below is the presentation link, which includes program details such as alternative compliance payment rates, annual obligation increases, eligibility criteria, and multiplier values.
Spring 2019 - Straw Proposal Presentation
DOER has incorporated the feedback received to date on the development of the Clean Peak Standard into a detailed straw proposal and presented it during a stakeholder meeting at the Federal Reserve on April 2nd.
DOER accepted written comments on the Clean Peak Standard Straw Proposal until April 12th.
Winter 2019 - Stakeholder Q&A
DOER sought responses to a set of questions intended to help with the development and design of the Clean Peak Energy Standard, which must be established pursuant to the enactment of Chapter 227 of the Acts of 2018. All responses to these questions were due on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. The questions and answers received are posted below.