Sounds like crybaby wind developers, not satisfied with subsidies, REC's and other giveaways are upset that the cost of electricity is being considered. How dare they. Doesn't Governor Baker understand how much money the wind developers have to pay for their Mercedes G-Class vehicles, especially when everyone in their families requires this sort of transportation? The nerve.
The Baker administration did not make changes sought by officials representing southeastern Massachusetts, who complained the RFP two years ago shortchanged onshore economic investment. That proposal based 75 percent of a developer’s bid score on price and 25 percent on five other factors, including economic development.....................Rep. Patricia Haddad, a high-ranking House official who represents Somerset, has filed legislation to do away with a requirement that each successive contract award come in at a lower price. Haddad fears the insistence on a lower price will squeeze developers so much that they will make fewer investments in the development of an onshore supply chain for the wind farms. Baker has made no move to change the law.
While the Baker administration oversees the offshore wind procurement process, the bids are judged and the contracts negotiated by the state’s three utilities – Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil.
Like the last RFP process, the state will consider bids of 200, 400, and 800 megawatts. There were three bidders last time, and two of them, Ørsted and Deepwater Wind, subsequently merged. Four bidders are expected this time, including Vineyard Wind; Ørsted; Mayflower Wind Energy, a joint venture of EDP Renewables and Shell Oil; and Equinor.
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