Notices and Updates
Regulations Filed with Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy
On December 4, 2020, DOER sent a notice to stakeholders to inform them that DOER had filed amended draft regulations with the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy for the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) Class I and Class II. The amended draft regulations and guidelines, along with a response to comments and additional analysis, can be seen below.
- RPS Class I regulations Clean
- RPS Class I regulations Redline
- RPS Class II regulations Clean
- RPS Class II regulations Redline
- Guideline on Biomass Fuel Report
- Guideline on Overall Efficiency and GHG Analysis
- Guideline on Eligible Biomass Fuel for Renewable Generation Units
- RPS Response to Comments
- TUE Filing Documents
- Technical Analysis of Biomass- Report
- Technical Analysis of Biomass: Appendix A
- Technical Analysis of Biomass: Appendix B
- RPS- Forest Impact Assessment
Stakeholder Comments Requested
On November 13, 2019, DOER sent a notice to stakeholders to seek comments on the frequency of compliance requirements.
Responses to the above questions will be accepted until 5pm on December 4, 2019. Please send all responses to John Wassam at DOER.RPS@mass.gov with the subject "RPS Compliance Frequency Comment".
Notice of Filing and Public Hearings
On April 5, 2019 the Department of Energy Resources (DOER), acting under statutory authority of Sections 11F and 11F1/2 of Chapter 25A of the General Laws, and in conformance with Chapter 30A of the General Laws, filed draft regulations to amend portions of 225 CMR 14--Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard – Class I (“RPS Class I”) and 225 CMR 15--Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard – Class II (“RPS Class II”). These regulations require all retail electricity suppliers selling electricity to end-use customers in the Commonwealth to obtain specific minimum percentages of their electricity supply from renewable energy generation sources. The proposed amendments revise the RPS Class I and RPS Class II regulations to address policy related changes, including changes required in order to implement Section 12 of Chapter 227 of the Acts of 2018, now codified at M.G.L. c. 25A, § 11F.
The following public hearings were conducted to receive verbal and written comments on the proposed RPS Class I and II regulations.
Location: 100 Cambridge Street
2nd Floor Conference Room
Boston, MA 02114
Date: May 13, 2019
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Location: UMass Amherst
Integrated Science Building, Room 221
661 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003
Date: May 16, 2019
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: Mt. Wachusett Community College
Arthur F. Haley Academic Building, Multi-Purpose Room #115
444 Green Street
Gardner, MA 01440
Date: May 17, 2019
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: John J Duggan Academy
1015 Wilbraham Rd
Springfield, MA 01109
Date: June 5, 2019
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Public Comment Period
Written comments on the RPS Class I and RPS Class II Frequency of Compliance were accepted until 5 PM on December 4, 2019. All comments received can be accessed below.
Written comments on the RPS Class I and RPS Class II Regulations were accepted until 5 PM on July 26, 2019. All comment received can be accessed below.
Copies of Draft Regulations and Guidelines
Two unofficial versions of each of the draft regulations are posted below, one of each with all proposed edits accepted and another of each with them shown. Official copies of the regulations may be obtained by contacting the Secretary of State’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On April 11, 2019, DOER sent the following notice to stakeholders regarding the recently files APS, RPS Class I, and RPS Class II regulations.