Alternative Portfolio Standard Rulemaking

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has an ongoing rulemaking for the Alternative Portfolio Standard

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has filled draft regulations to include renewable thermal, fuel cells, and waste-to-energy thermal in the Massachusetts Alternative Portfolio Standard (APS) pursuant to Chapter 251 of the Acts of 2014 and Chapter 188 of the Acts of 2016. This page provides an overview of past and planned public meetings, as well as relevant documents and presentations.

Current Rulemaking Notices and Documents

On November 15, 2017, DOER filed the final draft regulation with the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, to include renewable thermal, fuel cells, and waste-to-energy thermal technologies in the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (APS). The draft regulation can be seen below.

225 CMR 16.00 – November 15, 2017

In addition, DOER has posted the following guidelines for stakeholder review and comment. Written comments on these final drafts will be accepted beginning today and ending at 5 PM ET on December 1, 2017. DOER requests that written comments be submitted as an attached PDF file to emails addressed to thermal.doer@state.ma.us, with the word APS COMMENTS in the subject line. Alternatively, comments can be submitted via mail to Samantha Meserve at DOER of Energy Resources, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1020, Boston, MA 02114. Comments received will be posted on DOER’s web page.

Guideline on Metering and Calculations – Part 1 (Formulas for Small and Intermediate Generation Units)

Guideline on Metering and Calculations – Part 2 (Metering for Intermediate and Large Generation Units)

Guideline on Biomass, Biogas, and Biofuels for Renewable Thermal Generation Units

Guideline on Multipliers for Renewable Thermal Generation Units

Guideline on Reduction of Greenhouse Gases for Eligible Renewable Thermal Generation Units Using Eligible Woody Biomass

Massachusetts Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard Biomass Reporting Procedures

Guideline on Metering and Calculations for Fuel Cell Generation Units

Some of these documents have been previously released for public comment and contain minor redlined changes. The Guideline on Metering and Calculations for Fuel Cell Generation Units and Biomass Reporting Procedures are new documents that have not been previously provided for review and comment.

Previous Rulemaking Notices and Documents

Initial Documents Filed with the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy

On October 13, 2017, DOER filed an amended draft regulation with the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, to include renewable thermal, fuel cells, and waste-to-energy thermal technologies in the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (APS). The draft regulation and accompanying guidelines can be seen below.

225 CMR 16.00 (clean) – October 13, 2017

225 CMR 16.00 (redline) – October 13, 2017

Guideline on Metering and Calculations – Part 1 (Formulas for Small and Intermediate Generation Units) Redline 

Guideline on Metering and Calculations – Part 2 (Metering for Intermediate and Large Generation Units) Redline

Guideline on Biomass, Biogas, and Biofuels for Renewable Thermal Generation Units Redline

Guideline on Multipliers for for Renewable Thermal Generation Units Redline

Guideline on Reduction of Greenhouse Gases for Eligible Renewable Thermal Generation Units Using Eligible Woody Biomass

Secondary Comment Period

On June 2, 2017, DOER filed the following Regulation with the Secretary of State’s office to add additional eligible technologies to the APS Regulations. Due to significant changes, a redline and clean version of each document is provided below:

Regulation and Guidelines (Tracked Changes)

225 CMR 16.00 (with Tracked Changes) – June 2, 2017 

Guideline on Metering and Calculations – Part 1 (Formulas for Small and Intermediate Generation Units) Redline 

Guideline on Metering and Calculations – Part 2 (Metering for Intermediate and Large Generation Units) Redline

Guideline on Biomass, Biogas, and Biofuels Redline 

Guideline on Multipliers for Non-Emitting Technologies Redline 

Regulation and Guidelines (Clean with Edits Accepted)

225 CMR 16.00 (clean) – June 2, 2017 

Guideline on Metering and Calculations – Part 1 (Formulas for Small and Intermediate Generation Units) Clean 

Guideline on Metering and Calculations – Part 2 (Metering for Intermediate and Large Generation Units) Clean

Guideline on Biomass, Biogas, and Biofuels Clean 

Guideline on Multipliers for Non-Emitting Technologies Clean 

Guideline on Reduction of Greenhouse Gases for Eligible Renewable Thermal Generation Units Using Eligible Woody Biomass 

Notice of Public Hearings and Comment Period

Two public hearings on the recently filed APS Regulations (225 CMR 16.00) were held on July 14, 2017 in Boston, MA and on August 7, 2017 in Holyoke, MA. Written comments on the regulation were accepted beginning on June 16, 2017 and ending at 5 PM on August, 7 2017.

Public Oral Testimony July 14, 2017 

Public Oral Testimony August 7, 2017 

APS Renewable Thermal Regulations – Written Comments 2017 

Primary Comment Period

On May 19, 2016, DOER filed the following Regulation with the Secretary of State’s office to add additional eligible technologies to the APS Regulations:

Regulation and Guidelines (Tracked Changes)

225 CMR 16.00 (with Tracked Changes) – May 24, 2016 

Guideline on Metering and Calculations – Part 1 (Formulas for Small Generation Units)  

Guideline on Metering and Calculations – Part 2 (Metering for Intermediate and Large Generation Units)  

Guideline on Biomass, Biogas, and Biofuels  

Guideline on Multipliers for Non-Emitting Technologies  

Notice of Public Hearings and Comment Period

Two public hearings on the recently filed APS Regulations (225 CMR 16.00) were held on June 15, 2016 in Amherst, MA and on June 17, 2016 in Boston. Written comments on the regulation were accepted beginning on May 23, 2016 and ending at 5 PM on June 30, 2016.

Public Oral Testimony June 15, 2016 

Public Oral Testimony June 17, 2016

APS Renewable Thermal Regulations – Written Comments 2016

Pre-Rulemaking Stakeholder Meetings

At the end of 2012, DOER presented the "Heating and Cooling in the Massachusetts Alternative Portfolio Standard" to the Massachusetts Legislature about the inclusion of useful thermal energy in the Alternative Portfolio Standard.

Monday, 11/17/2014 10AM, Boston, MA First general stakeholder meeting This first meeting preceded the start of the formal rule making process. DOER presented a high level outline of the different aspects of the regulatory changes and guidelines and invited feedback. Stakeholders can download the presentation used by DOER at the meeting.
Friday, 11/21/2014 2PM, Boston, MA Metering subgroup DOER presented on issues related to metering of thermal energy and invited feedback. Stakeholders can download the  RE Thermal APS Metering Subgroup presentation used by DOER at the meeting.
Monday, 11/24/2014 2PM, Westborough, MA Biomass subgroup DOER presented on issues related to biomass sustainability and other requirements, and invited feedback. Stakeholders can download the RE Thermal APS Biomass Subgroup presentation used by DOER at the meeting.
Monday, 12/1/2014 9:30AM, Boston, MA Biofuels subgroup DOER presented on issues related to blending of biofuels with heating oil and invited feedback. Stakeholders can download the presentation RE Thermal APS Biofuels Subgroup used by DOER at the meeting.
Tuesday, 12/16/2014 1PM, Westborough, MA Second general stakeholder meeting. DOER presented the final design of the regulations. Stakeholders can download the RE Thermal APS Regs Stakeholder Meeting presentation used by DOER at the meeting.
Tuesday, 12/16/2014, Westborough, MA Metering subgroup DOER presented on issues related to metering of thermal energy, focusing on large hydronic solar heating systems and air source heat pumps, and invited feedback. Stakeholders can download the  RE Thermal APS Metering Subgroup presentation used by DOER at the meeting.

 

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