The multi-state New England Clean Energy RFP was released in 2015 and called for approx. 575MWs of clean power for Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. MPX did not participate. On October 25th, the evaluation committee announced the projects that would be advancing in the process.
Six bidders, including fellow Loring developer Ranger Solar, were selected to move into contract negotiations with the EDCs. Contracts are expected to be executed by January 2017 and submitted for regulatory approval by March 2017. In total, these projects represent approx. 460MWs of new, clean power for New England.
Notably, certain bids were not selected to move forward. Among them, the larger transmission projects similar to the MPX. As a result, the northern Maine wind assets remain stranded and the Canadian hydro resources are left without a path to New England. The MPX development team remains dedicated to providing the best solution for bringing these important resources to market. By offering a combination of renewable resources, underground transmission in an existing corridor, and delivering directly to the Boston load center, the MPX is positioned to be the most diverse, environmentally sound and cost effective transmission project in New England.
We are working closely with generation providers, transmission developers and environmental consultants on preparing to respond to the upcoming Massachusetts RFP and to bring significant economic and environmental benefits to Maine and New England.