"Many of the large wind projects rejected in the RFP would have required huge new transmission lines to get their power to market, including Pattern Development’s King Pine and EDP Renewables’ Number Nine developments, both located in northern Maine.
“If I look at the northern part of the country, interconnection capacity and transmission capacity are significant limiting factors for wind,” Gabriel Alonso, chief executive of EDP Renewables North America, said earlier this month at an industry conference.
Developers that did not secure capacity in the three-state RFP will now turn their focus to other potential opportunities – most notably Massachusetts’ recent renewables mandate, which calls for large-scale imports of renewable power from the northeastern US and Canada in addition to its offshore wind carve-out".
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Also - Let's not forget the Massachusetts Legislature's Celebration on August 1, 2016:
State Rep. Thomas Golden, D-Lowell, House chairman of the Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, praised the bill on the House floor. "Today is a celebration for the Massachusetts Legislature," Golden said. "We are poised with your vote today to pass and authorize the largest procurement of renewable energy in the history of the commonwealth of Massachusetts."
Golden said in an interview that although the House proposal was not as expansive as the Senate's, he believes the bill can be built on in future years. "Energy is not a one-shot deal," Golden said. "I really, truly believe next year we'll be doing another energy bill, and the year after that we'll be doing another energy bill."
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