Clean Peak Energy Standard

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

Notices and Updates

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.

​Clean Peak Energy Standard Stakeholder Questions

Clean Peak Energy Standard Stakeholder Answers

2019 Clean Peak Minimum Standard

Pursuant to Chapter 227 of the Acts of 2018, not later than December 31, 2018, DOER was required to establish the baseline minimum percentage of kilowatt-hours sales to end-use customers that shall be met with clean peak certificates beginning on January 1, 2019.

After reviewing available information, the statutory definition of clean peak resources, and a number of other factors, DOER determined that approximately 0 MWh were being served by existing clean peak resources during peak load hours as of December 31, 2018, and established the Minimum Standard percentage requirement for retail electricity suppliers in the 2019 compliance year at 0%.

General Information

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 intends to post documents and information related to the development of its rules and regulations for the Clean Peak Energy Standard on this webpage and encourages all interested parties to check this page regularly for updates. Stakeholders can also sign up to receive email updates here.

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