Emera on Jan. 11 said that a solicitation process has been initiated for energy to be bundled with transmission capacity on the company’s proposed Atlantic Link submarine electricity transmission project for the delivery of clean energy into the ISO New England (ISO-NE) market.
The proposed approximately 350-mile, high voltage direct current (HVDC) electric transmission line would deliver 900 MW of clean energy from a new DC converter station to be built at Coleson Cove, New Brunswick, to a new converter station to be built at one of two proposed landing sites in Massachusetts, the company said.
Emera said that the project is proposed to be in service by the end of 2022.
While the project is 100% owned by Emera, NB Power holds an option to participate in the Atlantic Link as a minority investor, the company said.
The project is being developed in response to an expected 2017 solicitation for up to 9.45 terrawatt hours – about 1,200 MW – of hydro and/or wind energy mandated by Massachusetts.
Stakeholder and permitting activities for the project are underway, Emera said.
Power Advisory LLC has been engaged as an independent administrator and will provide assurance to proponents and FERC as to the fairness and transparency of activities related to the Atlantic Link energy solicitation, the company said.
The solicitation process is intended to result in the selection of energy sources to be bundled with transmission service on the line, for offer into the Massachusetts request for proposals (RFP), Emera said, adding that until April 12, Power Advisory will receive proposals from qualified parties willing to offer energy for purposes of establishing a bundled offer into that RFP.
According to the notice of energy solicitation posted on the project’s website, Power Advisory and Emera will jointly host a participant conference for qualified parties on Jan. 25.
The notice also stated that proposals will be evaluated and ranked based on certain considerations, including the offered price for sale of energy; the proponent’s capacity to deliver the energy offer, financial capability and relevant experience; and the proponent’s plans for community engagement and environmental approval plan.