April 1 (Renewables Now) - Electricity distribution companies in Massachusetts are seeking approval of a plan for a new solicitation for up to 800 MW of offshore wind capacity in state waters.
The companies, together with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, have submitted for approval with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities a draft request for proposal (RfP) for offshore wind, enabling long-term contracts. The draft was filed on Wednesday and, if given the thumbs-up, would allow distribution companies to invite proposals in May with a deadline in August, and announce Projects for Negotiation by November. According to the solicitation timetable given in the draft proposal, contracts would be negotiated and executed in December 2019.
The RfP proposed by Unitil, National Grid and Eversource Energy would be Massachusetts’ second solicitation for offshore wind and, according to the document, pursues the procurement of at least 400 MW but would allow proposals from 200 MW to about 800 MW.
In May 2018, Vineyard Wind, a 50/50 partnership between Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and Avangrid Renewables LLC, was selected as the winner in Massachusetts’s first solicitation for up to 800 MW of offshore wind. The state’s goal is to have 1.6 GW of operational offshore wind farms by end-June, 2027.