Three New England states pick solar, wind project winners in joint RFP

The states of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island jointly announced Oct. 25 that they have completed their evaluation of proposed projects received in response to the three-state Clean Energy RFP.

Final results of the RFP will be announced to the public when executed contracts are filed for regulatory review. The Clean Energy RFP evaluation team has contacted all bidders regarding their proposals.

The three states collectively selected projects that represent approximately 460 MW of clean energy for the New England market. Only the bidders/projects listed below have been advanced to contract negotiation. The terms and process of contract negotiation will vary by state consistent with applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

Final acceptance of bids and award of contracts is conditional upon successful negotiation of contracts and required regulatory approvals. So, not all projects selected to advance to contract negotiation at this stage will necessarily obtain approved contracts, which may affect the total contracted MWs resulting from this RFP.

Massachusetts/Connecticut/RI

  • Antrim Wind
  • Ranger Solar
  • Cassadaga Wind
  • RES Americas – Both Submissions

Massachusetts/RI

  • Deepwater Wind
  • Ameresco

It is the responsibility of selected projects to obtain all relevant environmental, siting, and other permits and regulatory approvals required for the project to become operational. Nothing in this selection decision constitutes a waiver or final decision with respect to any other state or local regulatory approval needed for project construction or operation.

The states didn’t reveal details of the accepted offers. On the RFP website are documents from the applicants describing what was offered. For example, Ameresco Inc. bid the 20-MW (net) Candlewood Solar LLC project, to be located in New Milford, Conn., and to interconnect at the Rocky River Substation. It would be commercially operational in September 2018.

In another example, Antrim Wind Energy LLC bid the Antrim Wind Project, a planned 28.8-MW wind energy facility in Antrim, New Hampshire. Antrim Wind Energy was formed in 2009 as a special purpose entity to develop, build, own and operate the Antrim Wind Energy Project. It has two members – Eolian Antrim LLC and Walden Green Energy Northeast Wind LLC. Both of these members are owned by Eolian Renewable Energy LLC and Walden Green Energy LLC, respectively. The proposed Antrim Project is a planned nine- turbine, 28.8-MW wind farm to be located in a sparsely settled area in the northwest portion of the Town of Antrim in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.

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