Archive for July, 2017

Massachusetts DOER Preliminary 2018 Compliance Obligation Announcement

Posted July 20th, 2017 by SRECTrade.

On Wednesday, July 19th, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced the preliminary Minimum Standards and Compliance Obligations for 2018 Solar Carve-out (SREC-I) and Solar Carve-out II (SREC-II). The DOER notes that these numbers only represent preliminary estimates and final numbers will be released no later than August 30th.

SREC-I

Based on current load capacity projections, the DOER estimates that the 2018 Compliance Obligation and Minimum Standard for the SREC-I Program will be approximately 838,995 MWh and  1.7903%, respectively, for load served under contracts on or after June 28, 2013.  If the 2017 SREC-I auction does not fully clear, these values will be increased to 857,423 MWh and 1.8296%, respectively.

For load served under contracts executed before June 28, 2013, the 2018 Minimum Standard will be 1.1411%.

SREC-II

The DOER estimates that 2018 Compliance Obligation and Minimum Standard for the SREC-II Program will be 1,347,902 MWh and 2.8762%, respectively, for load served under contracts before May 8, 2016. If the auction does not fully clear, these values will be increased to 1,591,279 MWh and 3.3955%.

To calculate this baseline Minimum Standard and Compliance Obligation, the DOER first determined the expected MWh/year that would have resulted had the SREC-II Program Capacity Cap remained 947.7 MW by:

  1. Identifying the percentage share of MW capacity currently qualified under each SREC-II Market Sector;
  2. Multiplying these percentages by the original 947.7 MW SREC-II Program Capacity Cap;
  3. Multiplying these totals by (1) their respective SREC Factors, (2) a 13.71% expected capacity factor, and (3) 8,760 hours/year.

The DOER then summed these values and combined the remaining auction volumes and banked SREC-II volume from the 2016 Compliance Filings resulting in a total baseline Compliance Obligation and Minimum Standard.

In addition, the DOER estimates the Compliance Obligation and Minimum Standard for load contracts signed after May 8, 2016 to be 1,923,743 MWh and 4.1049%. respectively. If the auction does not fully clear, these values will be increased to 2,167,120 MWh and 4.6242%, respectively.

The official announcement can be found here.

2017 DE SREC Procurement Results

Posted July 14th, 2017 by SRECTrade.

On July 12, SRECDelaware announced the results of the Delaware 2017 SREC Procurement auction. Delaware’s SREC Procurement Program allows for facilities to secure 20-year SREC contracts with Delmarva Power through a competitive bidding process. Delmarva holds auctions every spring separately from the open-market SREC transactions that occur on an ongoing basis.

SREC contracts awarded through the procurement are allocated according to different capacity-based “tiers”. In previous years, the auction consisted of three tiers for new systems and two tiers for existing systems. This year’s SREC procurement introduced two new tiers, representing systems over 2 MW for new and existing systems, respectively.

In this year’s Spring Procurement, Delmarva Power purchased 20,000 SRECs at the following price levels:

de-auction-results-2017

Notes

1. The highest successful bid price at each respective tier.
2. The lowest successful bid price at each respective tier.
3. The weighted average bid price of all successful bids at each respective tier.

As a whole, the 2017 Procurement was oversubscribed, as an excess of bids were submitted to the auction due to oversupply of solar in the market. In effect, the overall weighted average bid price dropped to $21.26 from last year’s $66.56.

We expect oversupply to remain an issue in the DE SREC market and with it, suppressed SREC values in the DE open-market, pending a major policy change in the state. As always, our team will continue to work closely with Delmarva Power and policymakers to ensure our clients get the best value for their SRECs in the open market.

 

SRECTrade at the Environmental Markets Association – Chicago Round Table: Illinois RPS Update

Posted July 7th, 2017 by SRECTrade.

On June 21, 2017, members of the SRECTrade team attended the Environmental Markets Association (EMA) round table event in Chicago.   The event featured presentations and discussions on a variety of environmental issues and new developments in Illinois environmental markets.   SRECTrade’s Manager of Business Development and Operations, Tom MacKenty was invited to speak about the new IL RPS and upcoming Adjustable Block Program.

Tom’s full presentation can be viewed HERE

While there are many details about the RPS and Adjustable Block Program forthcoming, SRECTrade has been actively monitoring the progress and posting information as it has become available.  A recent SRECTrade blog post with an outline of the program can be found HERE.

We will continue to provide updates as the rule making proceeds. As always, please feel free to reach out to us if you have specific questions.

SRECTrade to speak at Intersolar Finance Symposium – July 10, 2017

Posted July 6th, 2017 by SRECTrade.

On Monday, July 10, 2017, SRECTrade’s CEO, Steven Eisenberg, will be speaking on a panel at the Intersolar Finance Symposium. The panel, entitled “Orange Button: attacking costs and increasing transparency via (portable) finance data standards”, will begin at 2:15 p.m. PT. The panel will focus on Orange Button and other initiatives companies in the solar industry are taking to standardize data portability, transparency, and availability. Steven will focus on the efforts SRECTrade has taken with regards to standardization in the SRECs markets, including initiatives to streamline solar asset certification and on-boarding, tracking registry technology integrations, and SREC transactions. Other panel participants include Michelle Savage (Moderator), VP of Communications at XBRL US, Melanie Gnazzo, Partner at Chapman and Cutler, Sam Adeyemo, COO at Aurora Solar, and Jason Kaminsky, COO at kWh Analytics.

H1 2017 SREC Pricing, Presented by Market Insights

Posted July 5th, 2017 by SRECTrade.

The first-half of 2017 was a dynamic period in the SREC markets. SREC prices experienced highs and lows. In order to understand and clearly present pricing data, SRECTrade offers a subscription product – Market Insights. Login to your SRECTrade account and get started for free.

Please see the Year in Review video here: