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Request for Proposals Issued for the Sale of Energy or Renewable Energy Credits from Qualifying Renewable Resources

February 14, 2020

Hallowell, Maine - February 14, 2020. The Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) has issued a Request for Proposals for the Sale of Energy or Renewable Energy Credits from Qualifying Renewable Resources (Tranche 1). The Commission is seeking proposals from qualifying renewable generation resources for the sale of energy or renewable energy credits (RECs). A bidder may also offer to sell capacity as part of its proposal. Bidder(s) selected will enter into 20-year contract(s) with one or both of Maine's investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities - Central Maine Power Company (CMP) and Emera Maine (EM) (T&D utilities). Initial proposals are due on or before April 10, 2020. The RFP and related materials are available on the MPUC website at: https://www.maine.gov/mpuc/electricity/rfps/class1a2020/

Background: During its 2019 session, the Maine Legislature enacted An Act To Reform Maines Renewable Portfolio Standard, Public Law 2019, Chapter 477 (Act). The Act directs the Commission to conduct two competitive solicitation processes to procure, in the aggregate, an amount of energy or RECs from Class 1A resources that is equal to 14% of retail electricity sales in the State during calendar year 2018, or 1.715 Million MWh. Of that 14% total, the Act directs the Commission to acquire at least 7%, but not more than 10%, through contracts approved by December 31, 2020 (Tranche 1), and to acquire the remaining amount (Tranche 2) through a solicitation process to be initiated no later than January 15, 2021. About the Commission

The Maine Public Utilities Commission regulates electric, telephone, water and gas utilities to ensure that Maine citizens have access to safe and reliable utility service at rates that are just and reasonable for all ratepayers. Commission programs include Maine Enhanced 911 Service and Dig Safe. Philip L. Bartlett, II serves as Chairman, Bruce Williamson and Randall Davis serve as Commissioners.

Learn more about the Commission at www.maine.gov/mpuc


Contact: Harry Lanphear, Administrative Director,(207) 287-3831 or Harry.Lanphear@Maine.gov