Power Utilities in Massachusetts to Buy 800 mW of Offshore Wind Energy to Comply with Regulation

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Some power utilities in Massachusetts had submitted a request for proposal (RFP) to purchase as much as 800 mW of offshore wind energy to comply with a state-mandated regulation.

The law, called the Climate Protection and Green Economy Act, was signed by the state to help the US aggressively develop its renewables industry. It imposes:

“Massachusetts is required to establish goals and meet targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, 2030, 2040, and 2050.”

A spokesperson for the state’s Department of Energy Resources, Kevin O’Shea, said that utility companies, including Unitil Corp., National Grid Plc, and Eversource Energy, are now asking regulators to give them the green light to solicit bids for offshore wind energy contracts that last up to 20 years.

The RFP submission is also the first move of these companies to comply with a law signed by Governor Charlie Baker in 2016, which requires them to purchase a combined 1,600 mW of power from offshore wind facilities in a period of 10 years.

Now, three companies—Deepwater Wind LLC, Dong Energy A/S, and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners K/S—already have leases from the government to build the wind facilities and will compete for the contracts.