Category Archives: Announcements

Massachusetts 83C RFP For Long-Term Offshore Wind Energy Contracts Issued

John Dalton, President & Carson Robers, Consultant, Power Advisory LLC

With approval from the Department of Public Utilities earlier in the week through D.P.U Order 17-103, the Massachusetts electric distribution companies issued a Request for Proposals for Long-Term Contracts for Offshore Wind Energy Projects on June 29, 2017. This kicks off the first in a series of competitive solicitations under Section 83C of Chapter 169 of the Acts of 2008 for 1.6 GW of offshore wind (OSW) capacity by June 2027.

Three existing Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Massachusetts lease holders – Deepwater Wind, Bay State Wind LLC (DONG Energy and Eversource), and Vineyard Wind (Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Avangrid Renewables) – meet the definition of an eligible bidder and are expected to submit proposals by the December 20, 2017 deadline. Proposals are required for the target capacity of 400 MW, with both a project specific generator lead line and expandable transmission option. Additional proposals between 200 MW and 800 MW may also be submitted, but proposals with project capacities greater than 400 MW must be determined to be superior to other proposals, as well as to likely offer significantly more economic net benefits to Massachusetts ratepayers than procuring this capacity through subsequent solicitations.
TIMING OF SOLICITATION Although the DPU also reviewed the method for solicitation and execution, the timetable was the only component of the RFP where changes were directed. A one-month reduction in the evaluation period by and three-month reduction in the selection and contract negotiation periods by was directed by the DPU. This change reflects commenters (including Bay State Wind) and DPU contentions that acceleration will maximize ratepayer and environmental benefits.

The scheduled phaseout of the 2.3 ¢/kWh Production Tax Credit (PTC) primarily motivated this timing decision. Each year from now through 2019 the PTC is reduced by 20%, so that the amount for projects initiating construction in 2017 is 80%, 2018 60% and 2019 40% of the full amount, after which it is no longer available. Completing the solicitation in the middle of Q3 instead of Q4 2018 increases the chances that the successful proponent(s) will qualify for the PTC. Find the revised schedule below.

Overall the accelerated schedule is expected to result in lower development costs and increased project viability, with projects online sooner and offering more benefits than under the initially proposed RFP. The effect of the four-month schedule advancement is largely a greater likelihood of the successful proponent being able to capture the PTC available in 2018, but the change supports the development of US offshore wind industry. To realize cost reductions that have been achieved in Europe’s OSW industry, the supportive policy environment offered by policymakers and regulators in states like Massachusetts are essential.

Power Advisory would welcome the opportunit y to assist clie nts in assessing opportunities in the nascent US offsh ore wind market, especially the upcoming BOEM Massachusetts WEA lease sale auctions , participation in subsequent 83C solicitations, and submitting comments on this RFP.

A PDF version of this commentary is available here. 

NYSERDA Tier 1 REC RFP Review

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) issued a Request for Proposals to purchase approximately 1.5 million Tier 1 (Tier 1 is equivalent to Class I as the term is used in New England) Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), about 430 MW at a 40% capacity factor.

RFP Schedule: Key Dates

Read Power Advisory’s full review of the NYSERDA RFP here.

Massachusetts Offshore Wind Energy Area Lease Opportunities

On April 28, 2017 the Massachusetts Electric Distribution Companies (EDCs) jointly submitted a request for approval of the 83C Request for Proposals (RFP) for long-term contracts for 400 to 800 MW of offshore wind energy generation to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU). This draft RFP contains a schedule that calls for the final RFP to be released on June 30, 2017.

It is expected that the three existing Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Massachusetts lease holders, Deepwater Wind, Bay State Wind LLC (DONG Energy and Eversource), and Vineyard Wind (Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Avangrid Renewables) will submit bids, with one awarded a long-term contract. Given the additional capacity to be procured under the Massachusetts legislation of 800 to 1,200 MW and nascence of the U.S. offshore wind market, there is a significant opportunity for offshore wind development in the Rhode Island-Massachusetts and Massachusetts Wind Energy Areas (WEAs).

This client note discusses the upcoming MA lease auction, potential WEAs and past BOEM auctions.

Power Advisory would welcome the opportunity to assist clients in assessing offshore wind opportunities in RI-MA and other Atlantic markets, including the implications of such development on transmission and on-shore resources.

Read “Massachusetts Offshore Wind Energy Area Lease Opportunities” here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Atlantic Link Begins Open Access Solicitation Process, Power Advisory to Serve as Independent Administrator

Power Advisory LLC has been engaged by Emera as independent administrator for the Atlantic Link project’s energy solicitation, which was issued yesterday (January 11, 2017). The intent of this call is to select energy resources to be bundled with transmission in response to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ anticipated 2017 clean energy RFP. As independent administrator, we will provide assurance to proponents and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), as to the fairness and transparency of activities related to the Atlantic Link energy solicitation.

To access complete solicitation information parties can register on the project’s website. A notice of intention to participate is due by January 20, 2017; after which Power Advisory and Emera will jointly host a participant conference in Nova Scotia and via WebEx. Qualified participants will have until April 12, 2017 to submit proposals. The tentative solicitation schedule can be found below.

Atlantic Link Energy Solicitation Issued January 11, 2017
Notice of Intention to Participate due January 20, 2017
Mutual Confidentiality Agreement Due January 20, 2017
Participant conference (Meeting in Halifax, NS + WebEx) January 25, 2017
Deadline for submitting written questions February 8, 2017
Responses to questions posted to web site February 20, 2017
Individual meetings with proponents Week of February 20, 2017
Deadline for Proposals, by 3:00 pm (EST) April 12, 2017
Proposal Evaluation Period (estimated) May 10, 2017
Notification to Proponents (estimated) May 10, 2017
PPAs executed June 9, 2017
Projects in-service by Q4, 2022

Per the solicitation notice proposals will be evaluated and ranked on : offered price for sale of energy; evaluated cost of energy to the Atlantic Link terminus in New Brunswick, cost to firm the energy offered, maximization of the utilization of the transmission capability of the Atlantic Link, firmness of energy, energy source and resource mix, the proponent’s capacity to deliver the energy offer, financial capability and relevant experience, the proponent’s plans for community engagement and environmental approval plan, and the likelihood of successful execution of an Indigenous People’s declaration and plan.

Q4 Market Report: Pendulum Swinging to Markets – Will Ontario Get it Right?

Power Advisory LLC Q4 Ontario Market Report now available.

Over the past few months, there has been much concern (and justifiably so) over rising electricity costs to Ontario’s customers. In part due to this concern, the Ontario Government suspended the Large Renewable Procurement and just announced cancellation of the last round of procurements under the Feed-in Tariff Program. Clearly, there is now heightened awareness to cut costs within Ontario’s electricity sector.

We believe these cost issues are pushing the Ontario Government to find avenues towards potential resolutions, and one of these avenues is the Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO’s) Market Renewal Initiative. This is evident based on the Ministry of Energy’s remarks at the Association of Power Producers of Ontario’s annual banquet on November 15, 2016 and then at the November 28, 2016 Empire Club of Canada luncheon.

While Ontario’s wholesale electricity market should evolve through the Market Renewal Initiative, many Ontario-specific conditions and factors must be taken into account. First, Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan will serve as a foundation within the forthcoming Ontario Government’s revised Long- Term Energy Plan which will set electricity policy. Therefore, evolution of Ontario’s wholesale  electricity market must result in outcomes to meet policy objectives. Second, Ontario’s supply mix is heavily ‘baseloaded’ with a very high concentration of non-emitting resources with high fixed costs and low marginal costs. We believe this supply mix will pose unique challenges to evolve Ontario’s wholesale market design, and therefore somewhat limiting application of some components of the U.S. wholesale market designs. Because of these challenges, any wrong turns in the evolution of Ontario’s wholesale market could actually result in higher costs to Ontario’s electricity ratepayers – so let’s take the time to get it right!

Commentary on Alberta’s November Announcements of a Capacity Market and Coal Phaseout Now Available

On November 23, the Government of Alberta announced its intention to create a capacity market within Alberta’s wholesale electricity market, and released a detailed Alberta Electricity System Operator recommendation paper titled Alberta’s Wholesale Electricity Market Transition Recommendation that provides background and support for the changes being made.
The Electricity Market Transition Report can be found here.

Power Advisory’s summary and commentary on the Government of Alberta announcements is available below.

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The following day, the Government announced it had concluded agreements with the coal-fired generation facility owners to cease operation by 2030. These developments are part of fundamentally defining a different path going forward for Alberta’s electricity sector than the one it has been following for almost the past 20 years.
The Coal-Fired Generation Agreement Announcement can be found here.

Power Advisory’s summary and commentary on the Capacity Market Recommendation report is available below.

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Mass Clean Generation RFP Gathers Steam

Transmission developers are moving quickly to prepare to participate in the forthcoming Massachusetts Clean Generation RFP including Anbaric/National Grid (Vermont Green Line) and Emera (Atlantic Link), as the recently released working schedule indicates a proposal submission deadline of June 2, 2017.

For an update on these transmission projects and the full Mass. Clean Energy Generation RFP schedule view the client note here.

Power Advisory Summary of TriState RFP Winners

The various electric distribution companies and state agencies in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island announced the results of the Clean Energy RFP Tuesday, indicating that contracts were being negotiated with six developers for about 460 MW.  The results are surprising as Power Advisory’s summary shows.

Please click here for Power Advisory’s summary of the Clean Energy RFP

Power Advisory to present report on opportunity to include wind energy in electricity exports to the northeastern U.S. at CanWEA connections network series

On October 18, 2016, John Dalton, President of Power Advisory LLC, will present a new report on the opportunity to include wind energy in electricity exports to the northeastern U.S. — a promising market for Quebec’s wind industry highlighted in the 2030 energy policy.

The presentation will take place at a CanWEA connections network series event in Montreal.

For information on the event, please click here