Massachusetts to host technical conference on transmission

by James Bernthal-Hooker in Grid Windfarms 07/02/2020 MassCEC/DOER

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Centre (MassCEC) will host a technical conference in Boston on Tuesday 3rd March 2020. The aim of the conference is to gather information and data on whether and/or how offshore wind transmission should be tendered independently to generation in future solicitations.

In 2018, Massachusetts passed An Act to Advance Clean Energy, requiring DOER to ‘investigate the necessity, benefits and costs of requiring the electricity distribution companies (EDC) to conduct solicitations and procurements for up to 1,600 MW of additional offshore wind’ and to ‘evaluate previous solicitation and procurement processes and make recommendations for any improvements.;

The act also allows DOER to require that EDCs jointly and competitively solicit proposals for transmission at such a scale as to match generation procured under the act. DOER is already soliciting written feedback and the technical conference will take place in March. All interested stakeholders and members of the public are encouraged to provide written comments by Tuesday 18th February 2020.

Massachusetts holds claim to the flagship Vineyard Wind project, which cleared nearly all consent hurdles before being hit with a delay in the form of a supplemental Environmental Impact Assessment requirement from the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM) last year.

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