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Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard Regulations . Patricia D. Stanton Deputy Commissioner Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources. Renewable Portfolio Standard.

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massachusetts renewable portfolio standard regulations

MassachusettsRenewable Portfolio StandardRegulations

Patricia D. Stanton

Deputy Commissioner

Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources

renewable portfolio standard
Renewable Portfolio Standard

Starting with calendar year 2003, Retail Electricity Suppliers must comply with the Renewable Portfolio Standard by demonstrating that their generation portfolio(s) for sales to Massachusetts retail customers contain a minimum of New Renewables.

presentation
Presentation
  • Brief Summary of Regulations
    • Eligibility
    • Applicability
    • Standard
    • Compliance
    • Non-compliance
  • Policy Issues
eligibility
Eligibility

New Renewable Generation Unit

  • Fuel, Energy Resources and Technologies
    • Landfill gas
    • Wind
    • Solar
    • Ocean thermal, wave or tidal
    • Fuel cells utilizing renewable fuels
    • “Low-emission advanced technology” Biomass
  • Commercial Operation Date after 12/31/97
  • Metering
eligibility5
Eligibility
  • Vintage Generation Unit
  • Co-Firing
  • Small Generation
  • Imports
applicability
Applicability

Retail Electricity Suppliers (RES)

  • Not defined in the Act
  • Definition in the regulations
    • Competitive retail suppliers
    • Distribution companies
    • Exempts Municipal lighting plants (unless they open to retail competition)
standard
Standard

Year% required 2003 1.0%

2004 - 09 +.5% per year

for total in 2009 of 4.0%

2010 . . . +1.0% per year

until sunset

by DOER

compliance
Compliance
  • Normal Compliance
  • Early Compliance
  • Banked Compliance
  • Alternative Compliance
non compliance
Non-compliance
  • Make up
  • Compliance plan
  • Publication of Notice of Non-compliance
  • Referral to DTE
policy issues
Policy Issues

1. Biomass Eligibility

2. Imports

3. Compliance Documentation

4. Renewable Energy Credit

5. Product Compliance

6. Early Compliance

7. Banked Compliance

8. Alternative Compliance

9. Existing Renewables Requirement

1 biomass eligibility
1. Biomass Eligibility
  • Fuel
  • Vintage
  • Air Permit
  • Technology
    • Gasification -- Categorically Eligible
    • Pile burn, stoker combustion -- Categorically Excluded
    • Other -- case by case review
2 imports
2. Imports
  • New Renewables Generation Unit
  • “External Transaction Unit Contract for Energy 1 or 2, as defined in NEPOOL Market Rules Section 12.2.1(a)”
3 compliance documentation
3. Compliance Documentation
  • Regulations are silent
  • Specifics will be in guidance
  • DOER will accept NEPOOL Generation Information System Certificates
4 renewable energy credit
4. Renewable Energy Credit
  • Section 332 Study

www.state.ma.us/doer/rps

  • DOER recommends that RPS implementation not include the creation of a MA-REC
  • DOER does not seek penalty authority at this time
5 product compliance
5. Product Compliance
  • Product compliance
  • Consistent with DTE and AG regulations
6 early compliance
6. Early Compliance
  • RES can use 2002 attributes toward 2003 compliance requirement
7 banked compliance
7. Banked Compliance
  • RES possessing surplus attributes may apply them to future compliance obligations provided
    • RES is in compliance
    • 30% Limit
    • two year limit
    • Non-transferable
8 alternative compliance
8. Alternative Compliance
  • Alternative Compliance Payment (ACP)
  • ACP = $50 Megawatt/hr in 2002
  • ACP adjusted by Consumer Price Index
  • Funds managed by MTPC
    • separate accounting
    • purchase and retire RPS attributes
    • invest in construction of New Renewable Generation Units
9 existing renewables
9. Existing Renewables
  • Existing standard not mandated
  • DOER has authority & discretion
  • Supply greatly exceeds demand
    • under all scenarios
    • for many years
  • Reporting by RES
  • DOER will re-evaluate annually
public comment
Public Comment

Hearings

Thursday Oct. 25 in Springfield

Friday Oct. 26 in Boston

Deadline for Written Comments

Friday Nov. 2