RPS, RECs, & PPAs

Massachusetts Issues RFP for Long-Term Contracts for Offshore Wind Energy Projects

Source/Sponsor: 
Massachusetts DOER, Unitil, National Grid, Eversource Energy
Creator/Author: 
Massachusetts DOER, Unitil, National Grid, Eversource Energy
Description: 

Massachusetts' state investor-owned electric distribution companies in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources have issued an RFP for 400 MW of offshore wind generation (including RECs) and the associated transmission. The contracts are for a 15 - 20 year period. The projects must enter commercial operations before January 1, 2027.

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, June 29, 2017
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Recommended Criteria and Process for the Evaluation and Selection of Offshore Wind Applications

Source/Sponsor: 
Maryland Public Service Commission Staff
Creator/Author: 
Levitan & Associates, Inc.
Description: 
Under Maryland’s Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013, § 7-704.2(f) of the PUA requires the Commission to issue a comprehensive set of Regulations implementing the Act by July 1, 2014. The Commission's commercial and technical advisors have prepared this report to make certain that the Commission's offshore wind procurement, evaluation, and selection process (i) is as fair, transparent, and workable as possible, (ii) leads to robust and competitive bids, and (iii) preserves the ratepayer protections defined in the Act.
 
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Publication Date: 
Friday, April 4, 2014
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Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013

Source/Sponsor: 
State of Maryland
Creator/Author: 
State of Maryland
Description: 

The Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013 requires a maximum of 2.5% of retail electricity to be generated from offshore wind starting in 2017. The wind carve-out is part of the Tier 1 requirement. The Act promotes Maryland's economy by requiring offshore projects to favor in-state manufacturing in order to be considered by the Maryland Public Service Commission.

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
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Fishermen's Energy Fails to Meet DoE Funding Deadline

Source/Sponsor: 
Windpower Monthly
Creator/Author: 
David Weston
Description: 
Fishermen's Energy failed to reach a funding milestone of finalising a power purchase agreement by the end of 2016, in accordance with the 2014 grant from the DOE. As a result, the project will miss out a majority of the $47 million in funding, awarded to them. Approximately $10.6 million of the funding had already been spent in earlier funding rounds. The project was due to install six 4 MW turbines off the New Jersey coast.
 
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Publication Date: 
Thursday, January 5, 2017
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Rhode Island H.B.7413

Source/Sponsor: 
Rhode Island General Assembly
Creator/Author: 
Reps. Ruggiero, Jacquard, Craven, Carson, and O'Grady
Description: 

H.B. 7413 enacted on June 2016 extends the state Renewable Energy Standard (RES) to 2035, which was previously set to expire at the end of 2019. The RES is set to increase by 1.5% annually, thereby requiring 38.5% of the total retail electricity be obtained from eligible renewable resources by 2035.

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Publication Date: 
Friday, January 29, 2016
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Federal Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

Source/Sponsor: 
Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)
Creator/Author: 
Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)
Description: 

The database provides summaries of federal financial incentives and rules, regulations, and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency, including: business energy investment tax credit (ITC); renewable electricity production tax credit (PTC); and, section 1603 Department of Treasury renewable energy grant program.

Link to DSIRE website:  Federal page

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New York Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Study

Source/Sponsor: 
Special Initiative on Offshore Wind
Creator/Author: 
Stephanie McClellan
Description: 

A new study, conducted by the University of Delaware's Special Initiative on Offshore Wind for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, offers a roadmap of key strategic steps New York State can take to reduce costs of offshore wind power over the next decade. The study finds that ongoing technology and industry advances combined with actions New York could take, independently or with other states, could lower costs for offshore wind power as much as 50 percent and bring the clean-energy source closer to realizing its potential for "delivering utility-scale renewable electric generation" to New York City and nearby areas such as Long Island.  

A primary conclusion from the report is that supporting offshore wind development at scale, rather than on a project-by-project basis, could have the greatest impact on reducing costs.  Other actions the report cites that could lower costs include creating and using innovative financing mechanisms, developing infrastructure to reduce costs, and supporting site characterization for early projects to reduce development expenses and risk.

The study notes that while onshore wind development has expanded rapidly in the U.S., no operational offshore wind power projects have been completed to date due to complex construction challenges and the need for operational infrastructure that doesn't exist today in the U.S.  These factors lead to high costs and have delayed deployment.

The study identifies multiple paths for reducing offshore wind power costs in New York State, emphasizing that the "State can take actions in the near term to lower its costs substantially, independent of expected external reductions over the next decade." The study finds that taking advantage of wind turbine innovations and other technology and industry advances could lower costs about 20 percent. Direct steps taken by New York State could contribute up to an additional 30 percent reduction in a project's cost.http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/File%20Library/About/SIOW/New-York-Offshore-Wind-Cost-Reduction-Study-ff8-2.pdf

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
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SR112 Senate Resolution in Support of Offshore Wind

Source/Sponsor: 
Sen. Bob Smith, Sen. Stephen Sweeney
Creator/Author: 
Sen. Bob Smith, Sen. Stephen Sweeney
Description: 

A Senate Resolution urging the Board of Public Utilities to expeditiously adopt regulations pursuant to the “Offshore Wind Economic Development Act” to implement an offshore wind renewable energy certificate program and pursuant to the “Electric Discount and Energy Competition Act” to establish energy efficiency portfolio standards.  http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/SR/112_I1.HTM

Publication Date: 
Thursday, January 15, 2015
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NJ Senate Bill 2711 in Support of Offshore Wind

Source/Sponsor: 
Sen. Bob Smith, Sen. Jim Whelan
Creator/Author: 
Sen. Bob Smith, Sen. Jim Whelan
Description: 

This bill would require the Board of Public Utilities to approve a qualified wind energy project that is located in territorial waters offshore of a municipality in which casino gaming is authorized as provided in section 4 of P.L.2010, c.57 (C.48:3-87.2). The bill  would also remove the requirements that (1) the entity seeking to construct the project prepare and submit a cost-benefit analysis to the board, and (2) the board's approval of the project depend in part upon the results of a cost-benefit analysis.

 

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, January 15, 2015
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Cape Wind Fact Sheet

Source/Sponsor: 
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Creator/Author: 
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Description: 

The BOEM provides a fact sheet on the Cape wind project. It provides a history of the project and details pertaining to production, location and fees

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, August 1, 2013
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