April 24 (Renewables Now) - The date for selecting wind projects off the coast of Massachusetts has been put off by 30 days, till May 23, it was announced on Monday.
The Massachusetts utilities have notified the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) about their need of extra time to pick a winning proposal or proposals that will get a long-term generation contract. The deadlines for signing contracts and submitting them for DPU approval remain unchanged -- July 2 and July 31, respectively.
The offshore wind request for proposals (RfP) for up to 800 MW was launched in June last year. It is the first solicitation in line with a legislation that requires the state's utilities to procure 1.6 GW of offshore wind by 2027.
Vineyard Wind, a 50/50 partnership between Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and Avangrid Renewables LLC, Deepwater Wind, and a partnership between Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED) and Eversource Energy (NYSE:ES), have proposed projects in response to the RfP.
Monday's notification says that the RfP has attracted "a robust and sophisticated suite of proposals for offshore wind energy generation and associated transmission networks." About 20 separate bids have been submitted and some have multiple pricing and other options, including several complex scenarios, the utilities explain.
In addition, the timeline has been impacted by the companies directing resources to respond to storms in March and the Section 83D solicitation for clean energy, where the winning transmission project had to be changed.