An Act To Establish a Process for Procurement of Renewable Resources
Sec. 1. 35-A MRSA §3218 is enacted to read:
§ 3218. Renewable resource; competitive solicitation
(1) A renewable capacity resource; or
(2) A source of electrical generation that was eligible in calendar year 2015 for electric renewable portfolio requirements in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island as determined by the commission.
A contract negotiated under this subsection must provide that the energy may be delivered into the ISO-NE region, as defined in section 1902, subsection 3, or in the NMISA region, either on a physical or financial basis.
This bill is reported out by the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology pursuant to Joint Order 2016, Senate Paper 668. This bill directs the Public Utilities Commission to conduct competitive solicitations and negotiate the procurement of new or existing renewable resources. The commission is directed to procure by September 1, 2016, through an expedited proceeding, 80 megawatts of new or existing renewable resources for contracts of 5 years and, by September 1, 2017, 60 megawatts of new or existing renewable resources for contracts of no longer than 10 years. This bill provides that any facility that generates new or existing renewable resources that are procured by the commission is deemed to produce zero greenhouse gas emissions.
The committee has not taken a position on the substance of this bill. By reporting this bill out, the committee is not suggesting and does not intend to suggest that it agrees or disagrees with any aspect of this bill. The committee is reporting the bill out for the sole purpose of having a bill printed that can be referred to the committee for an appropriate public hearing and subsequent processing in the normal course. The committee is taking this action to ensure clarity and transparency in the legislative review of the proposals contained in the bill.