Package of materials contains: a) petition of National Grid in support of the filing of the two power purchase agreements (PPA) between National Grid and Cape Wind Associates, LLC with the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) on May 10, 2010 pursuant to Section 83 of the Green Communities Act; b) motion of National Grid to suspend the application of the jurisdictional boundaries clause of section 83 of the Green Communities Act and associated regulations; c) motion of National Grid for protective treatment of confidential information; and, d) pre-filed direct testimony and supporting exhibits of witnesses in support of the filing.
The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) approved National Grid's proposed timetable and method of solicitation and potential execution of a long-term contract for renewable energy with Cape Wind, as consistent with the requirements of Section 83 and 220 C.M.R. 17.00 et seq.
This Federal Register notice announces that the Finding of Adverse Effect is being revised and made available for public comment in response to new information that five additional properties within the Area of Adverse Effect for the project have now been found to be eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.
Comments submitted by New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel on requests to modify project plans for installation of meteorological towers. Rate Counsel requests that the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) defer its decision until more detailed information is provided by both Fishermen's Energy (FERN) and Garden State Offshore Energy (GSOE). Neither developer has provided any cost-benefit comparisons of their original proposals to the proposed project modifications.
The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) rules in this order that Garden State Offshore Energy (GSOE) has shown that cost savings may be achieved through use of Light Detection And Ranging (LIDAR) technology associated with buoy-based system for collection of offshore wind data. It rules that ratepayer subsidies (rebate payment) should be limited to maximum of $3 million. The procedure for rebate payment should be modified to allow for reimbursement for the cost of each necessary component of the total project prior to completion of the total project (in incremements rather than lump sum). Reasonable and prudent geotechnical and geophysical work completed based on prior approval of previous approved work may be recovered.
The Public Service Commission (PSC) approved in this order the June 23, 2008 Purchase Power Agreement (PPA) between Bluewater Wind LLC and Delmarva Power & Light (DPL) Company.
The Public Service Commission (PSC) adopts and approves staff's proposed procedural framework for continued negotiations for a final Bluewater-Delmarva power purchase agreement (PPA). This includes: disaggregation of the three proposals; authorizing Professor Lawrence Hamermesh to engage as a third-party arbitrator; and, limitation of negotiations to price, non-conforming terms, and disputed contract terms.
The Public Service Commission (PSC) and other state agencies adopts and approves the Staff report, with some exceptions: allowing greater flexibility in the 200-300 MW size for Bluewater Wind; rejecting the recommendation that Delmarva (DPL) negotiate only with Conectiv for a backup power plant; and, requiring Delmarva to negotiate with Conectiv and NRG independently and in the same time frame that it negotiates with Bluewater Wind.
The Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board approved: (1) subject to conditions, four changes to the Cape Wind Associates, LLC, transmission project (relocation of state boundary; changes to submarine cable route in Lewis Bay; underground vaults and ductbank systems; method of landfall construction); (2) the request by Cape Wind Associates, LLC, for a three-year extension of the deadline for commencement of project construction; and (3) the petition of Cape Wind Associates, LLC, and Commonwealth Electric Company, d/b/a NSTAR Electric, for a determination pursuant to G.L. c. 164, section 72 that the transmission project is necessary, will serve the public convenience, and is in the public interest.
Through this notice, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) solicits submissions of indications of competitive interest for a right-of-way (ROW) grant for renewable energy purposes in the area identified in the Deepwater Wind Block Island Transmission System (BITS) proposal.