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Massachusetts DOER Announces SMART Program Effective Date

Posted October 12th, 2018 by SRECTrade.

On Friday, October 12th, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced that the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program effective date is November 26, 2018. November 26th is now the deadline for facilities larger than 25 kW DC to become mechanically complete and for facilities smaller than or equal to 25 kW DC to receive their Permission to Operate (PTO). On November 26th, at 12:00pm ET, the SMART Statement of Qualification application portal will open to begin accepting Statement of Qualification Applications for prospective Solar Tariff Generation Units (“STGU”) seeking to qualify under SMART.

Facilities larger than 25 kW DC will have until December 10, 2018 to submit their documentation demonstrating mechanical completion. Once granted, mechanically complete extensions are indefinite; facilities should simply submit their Permission to Operate (PTO) documents once received to complete their statement of qualification application. As a reminder, facilities can demonstrate mechanical completion by submitting one of the following documents:

  1. Certificate of Completion
  2. Proof that a wiring inspection has been scheduled by a date shortly after November 26, 2018
  3. Affidavit signed by engineer of record stating that project is “mechanically complete”
  4. Other documentation deemed satisfactory by DOER

Facilities smaller than or equal to 25 kW DC will have until February 15, 2019 to submit an application demonstrating authorization to interconnect. In other words, the PTO must be dated on or before November 26, 2018, but the DOER application can be submitted up through February 15, 2019.

Please note that SRECTrade typically asks for complete applications to be received five (5) business days in advance in order to guarantee submission by the DOER deadline.

Massachusetts DOER Schedules SMART Information Sessions and Clarifies SREC-II Transition Status

Posted October 1st, 2018 by SRECTrade.

On September 26th, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) issued an order approving the model Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program. This action is the final regulatory step in launching the program and initiates the transition from the Solar Carve-Out II (SREC-II) Program to SMART.

Notably, on October 1st, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) clarified that the SMART Program Effective Date remains to be determined and that the SREC-II application window is still open. The DOER also announced a series of stakeholder meetings later this month to provide additional information on SMART requirements and the program transition process.

SRECTrade strongly encourages stakeholders seeking to enroll their solar projects in SREC-II to obtain Permission to Operate or mechanical completion for their projects as soon as possible. As a reminder, the SMART Program Effective Date will be the deadline for projects smaller than or equal to 25 kW DC to obtain Permission to Operate and the deadline for projects larger than 25 kW DC to achieve mechanical completion. SRECTrade will continue to provide significant updates as they become available.

Massachusetts DOER Announces Final 2019 SREC Minimum Standards

Posted August 31st, 2018 by SRECTrade.

Update: On Wednesday, September 5th, the MA Department of Energy Resources (DOER) made some small corrections to the previously announced final 2019 Solar Carve-out (SREC-I) and Solar Carve-out II (SREC-II) Compliance Obligations and Minimum Standards. The corrections were made to also include a small number of SRECs that the DOER approved to be transferred into the SREC-I and SREC-II auction accounts between the DOER’s preliminary minimum standard announcement in July and its final minimum standard announcement in August. The original post has been edited to reflect the corrections.

On Thursday, August 30th, the DOER announced the final 2019 SREC-I and SREC-II Compliance Obligations and Minimum Standards. This announcement follows the results of the SREC-I and SREC-II Solar Credit Clearinghouse Auctions. The final announcement differs only slightly from the preliminary announcement in July.

Solar Carve-out (SREC-I)

The DOER has determined that the 2019 Compliance Obligation for the SREC-I program will be 797,674 MWh and that the Minimum Standard will be 1.7446%. The 2019 Minimum Standard for load under contracts signed before June 28, 2013 will be 1.0967%. The Determination of the CY 2019 Total Compliance Obligation and Minimum Standard, published by the DOER, outlines how this Minimum Standard was calculated.

Solar Carve-out II (SREC-II)

The DOER has also calculated the 2019 Compliance Obligation and Minimum Standard for the SREC-II program, which are 1,060,524 MWh and 2.3195%, respectively.

In addition, the DOER calculated the 2019 SREC-II Compliance Obligation and Minimum Standard for load under contracts signed after May 8, 2016 as 1,789,567 MWh and 3.9139%, respectively. The final SREC-II baseline Compliance Obligation and Minimum Standard are slightly lower than their preliminary counterparts, primarily due to two reasons:

  1. A reduction in the average capacity factor applied to estimated generation from 13.64% to 13.35% (using eight years of Massachusetts Production Tracking System production data)
  2. An improvement to the SREC-II production estimation formula to account for the loss of partial MWhs left over after a reporting period, since these partial MWhs do not result in the creation of partial SREC-IIs

The adjustment to the SREC-II production estimation formula decreased the projected number of SREC-IIs to be generated by over 36,000 MWh.

Massachusetts DOER Announces Revised 2018 and Preliminary 2019 SREC Minimum Standards

Posted July 10th, 2018 by SRECTrade.

On July 10, 2018, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced both preliminary 2019 SREC I and SREC II Minimum Standards and a revised version of the original 2018 SREC II Minimum Standard calculation. The 2018 SREC II Minimum Standards were reduced from 2.7802% to 2.6823% for load executed under contract between April 25, 2014 and May 8, 2016 and from 4.1661% to 4.0683% for contracts executed after May 8, 2016.

The DOER estimates a 2019 SREC I Minimum Standard of 1.1189% for load executed under contract prior to June 28, 2013 and, if the auction clears in the first or second round, 1.7809% for load executed under contract on or after June 28, 2013.

The DOER estimates a 2019 SREC II Minimum Standard of 2.3680% for load executed under contract between April 25, 2014 and May 8, 2016, and 3.9697% for load executed under contract on or after May 8, 2016. This also only applies if the auction clears the first or second round.

Details regarding this announcement can be found here. SRECTrade will be assessing the implications of this adjustment and informing our constituents accordingly.

Massachusetts SREC-II Application Timeline

Posted June 27th, 2018 by SRECTrade.

While the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program Effective Date is still to be announced by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER), the application timelines for SREC-II have been set.

As a reminder, the SMART Program Effective Date will be the deadline for facilities smaller than or equal to 25 kW DC to be interconnected and facilities larger than 25 kW DC to be mechanically complete. This means that documentation must be dated on or before the Effective Date, but applications can be submitted for some time after.

Facilities larger than 25 kW DC will have two weeks after the SMART Program Effective Date to submit their documentation demonstrating mechanical completion. Once granted, mechanically complete extensions are indefinite – facilities should simply submit their Permission to Operate (PTO) documents once they are received to complete their statement of qualification application.

Facilities smaller than or equal to 25 kW DC will have until November 15th to submit an application demonstrating authorization to interconnect. In other words, the PTO must be dated on or before the effective date, but the applications can be submitted to the DOER up through November 15th.

For more information please reference the DOER’s Current Status of the Solar Carve Out II Program page.

Massachusetts Alternative Portfolio Standard (APS) Webinar

Posted March 1st, 2018 by SRECTrade.

SRECTrade, Inc. is pleased to announce that our online application for the Massachusetts Alternative Portfolio Standard (APS) program is now open. We will be hosting a webinar covering the APS program and the SRECTrade on-boarding process on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 2:00pm EST.

This program provides Alternative Energy Credits (AECs) to renewable thermal energy facilities including solar thermal, heat pump, biomass, and biogas technologies. All facilities interconnected after January 1, 2015 are eligible.

To register for the webinar, please click HERE.

For more information on the passage of the APS legislation, please visit our previous blog posts on the topic, “DOER Files Proposed Final APS Regulations” and “DOER Files APS Regulations with Legislature“.

DOER Announces SMART Program Administrator & 100 MW RFP // SREC-II Deadline on March 31, 2018

Posted November 14th, 2017 by SRECTrade.

On November 13, 2017 the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced that CLEAResult, Inc. will be the Solar Program Administrator for Massachusetts’s SMART Program.

The Distribution Companies have developed a request for proposals (RFP) for approximately 100 MW of solar projects in their respective utility service territories. The Distribution Companies will be hosting a bidder’s conference on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 1:00 PM EST to provide additional information and answer questions. Written comments on the RFP will be accepted through November 20, 2017 at 12:00 PM EST and should be submitted to ma.smart@clearesult.com. Bidders can submit an application on CLEAResult’s application website from November 27, 2017 – December 5, 2017 at 5:00 PM EST.  Results will be announced by the DOER by January 11, 2018. These results will establish the Block 1 Base Compensation Rates under the SMART Program.

The full announcement by the DOER can be found here.

As a reminder, systems must be mechanically complete or commercially operational by March 31, 2018 in order to participate in SREC-II under the current SREC Factors. Factors will be further reduced after this date but will remain at 0.8 for systems less than or equal to 25 kW.

Proposed Amendments to 310 CMR 7.75: Clean Energy Standard

Posted November 9th, 2017 by SRECTrade.

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) have proposed amendments to 310 CMR 7.75: Clean Energy Standard. The amendments are intended to achieve greater consistency among all Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) clean energy programs and policies.

The amendments, a background document, and a notice with information about attending a November 27, 2017 public hearing in Boston at 10:00am and submitting written comments, are available on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s website here. Additional information about 310 CMR 7.75, including relevant stakeholder comments, is also available on their website.

The MassDEP published 310 CMR 7.75: Clean Energy Standard as a final regulation to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions. For more information on the promulgation of the MA Global Warming Solutions Act regulations, please visit our recent blog post on the topic here.

DOER Files APS Regulations with Legislature

Posted October 16th, 2017 by SRECTrade.

On October 13, 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) filed an amended draft regulation with the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. Pursuant to Chapter 251 of the Acts of 2014 and Chapter 188 of the Acts of 2016, the draft regulations add renewable thermal, fuel cells, and waste-to-energy thermal to the Massachusetts Alternative Portfolio Standard (APS). The filing follows two rounds of public hearing and comment periods occurring in the summers of 2016 and 2017. The draft regulation and accompanying guidelines are available on the DOER’s website here.

In response to stakeholder comments, the DOER made several revisions in the filed regulations. A brief summary of these changes is provided here, but the full redlined version is available for review here.

  • Woody Biomass: revised definitions and requirements, including fuel specification and performance requirements
  • Liquid Biofuels: reorganized quarterly caps to be distributed during each year and aligned requirements for Eligible Liquid Biofuels with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)
  • Compost Heat Exchange Systems: added compost heat exchange systems as an eligible Renewable Thermal Generation Unit
  • Fuel Cells: revised efficiency threshold and modified eligibility for behind-the-meter, electric only, fuels cells to those interconnected to the Massachusetts electric grid
  • Multipliers for Non-Emitting Technologies: added multiplier for compost heat recovery systems and revised multipliers for intermediate and large, partial air source heat pump systems
  • Combination of Funding Provision: removed the combination of funding provisions and increased the maximum combination of funding percentage from DOER or any other state agency to 80%

In addition to the foregoing, the DOER made several technical edits and clarifications to reconcile language inconsistencies in the regulation and Guidelines. The DOER’s announcement of the filing is available here.

SRECTrade will continue to monitor the progress of the APS regulations and will provide updates as they are made available.

Final SMART Program Regulation Promulgated

Posted August 25th, 2017 by SRECTrade.

On Friday, August 25th, 225 CMR 20.00 Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program was promulgated in the State Register. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) posted the final version filed with the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office to their website. The DOER announced that the final, promulgated version will be made available as soon as possible.

Following the promulgation of this regulation, the DOER anticipates that the electric distribution companies will jointly file a model tariff at the Department of Public Utilities (DPU), which will initiate a fully adjudicated proceeding at the DPU.

For more information on the final version of the SMART Program regulation, please visit our previous blog post on the topic here.