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Clean Peak Energy Standard Notices and Updates

The Massachusetts Clean Peak Energy Standard is designed to provide incentives to clean energy technologies that can supply electricity or reduce demand during seasonal peak demand periods established by DOER.

In July 2020, DOER filed the final regulation establishing the first in the nation Clean Peak Energy Standard. This page provides updates on the on-going activities related to the implementation of that regulation.     

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Procurement of Clean Peak Energy Certificates

DOER intends to develop a Clean Peak Energy Certificate (CPEC) procurement mechanism in conjunction with the Electric Distribution Companies (EDCs) in order to meet the requirements set forth in 225 CMR 21.05(8) and pursuant to M.G.L. c. 25A, § 17(c).

DOER collaborated with the EDCs to develop a structure for the CPEC procurement.

The proposed procurement structure can be found here.

Next steps are:

1/27/2021: Questions on the proposal due to DOER (doer.cps@mass.gov)

2/5/2021: DOER posted summarized Questions and Answers, linked here

2/19/2021: Comments due to DOER (doer.cps@mass.gov), comments linked here.  

Following the stakeholder process, DOER intends to establish a Guideline on Clean Peak Certificate procurements, and the EDCs will begin their regulatory approval process.

Demand Response Working Group Sign Up

DOER is committed to developing pathways for all eligible Demand Response (DR) Clean Peak Resources to participate in the Clean Peak Energy Standard (CPS). As it stands, while some technology types may be eligible as Clean Peak Resources, there are limitations around participation due to the regulation required standard of measurable and verifiable.

As a result, DOER would like to convene a CPS DR Working Group and establish three sub-groups for (1) traditional interruptible load demand response, (2) thermostats, and (3) electric vehicle charging infrastructure. To sign up for the CPS DR Working Group please email DOER.CPS@mass.gov with the subject line: CPS DR Working Group. Please include your name, organization, and contact information.

2020 Statement of Qualification Reminder

Per CPS Regulation 21.06 (3)(d), in calendar year 2020 a resource may receive a Statement of Qualification (SoQ) which back-dates qualification to January 1, 2020 or the Commercial Operation Date, whichever is later.

If you receive your SoQ prior to January 1, 2021, you can report performance information for the entirety of 2020 for the purpose of generating CPECs.

If your system is not qualified prior to January 1, 2021, it will not be eligible to generate certificates for operations prior to receipt of your SoQ.  If your system was operational in 2020, you may miss the opportunity to generate certificates if you delay in applying for an SoQ. 

See below for SoQ Application Portal information and sites

Clean Peak Energy Standard Guidelines

The Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has published guidelines on the topics listed below in order to support the Clean Peak Energy Standard regulation and provide further clarification to stakeholders. Guidelines include:

Guidelines include:

  1. Clean Peak Resource Eligibility Guideline
  2. Clean Peak Demand Response Resource Guideline
  3. Clean Peak Energy Reserves Guidelines
  4. Clean Peak Distribution Circuit Multiplier Guideline
  5. Clean Peak Determination of Sales Guideline

Application Portal Update

The Clean Peak Application portal is now live. CPS applicants should first register at www.nepoolgis.com for a CPS ID then visit MassCEC PTS to register the resource in PTS and then complete the CPEC Statement of Qualification Application. All application questions should be directed to the Cadmus review team at 1-888-994-4718 or CPS.Help@CadmusGroup.com.