Vermont Public Utility Commission approves release of request for proposals for Standard Offer program

Published on March 23, 2018 by Kevin Randolph

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The Vermont Public Utility Commission (PUC) recently approved the release of the 2018 request for proposals (RFP) for 7.5 megawatts (MW) of new renewable energy through the state’s Standard Offer program.

To be eligible for the Standard Offer program, projects can be no larger than 2.2 MW. Eligible projects include solar, small- and medium-sized wind, landfill methane, farm methane, food waste anaerobic digestion, biomass, and hydroelectric.

Changes to this year’s RFP include the use of easements as an acceptable form of site control as well as the allotment of any unused capacity in the “Technology Diversity” block to other such technologies before the block opens to any bidder.

“With this RFP, the Commission has taken steps to increase the technology diversity within the Standard Offer Program, consistent with Vermont’s renewable energy goals, and to foster the development of nascent technologies by Vermont businesses,” Commissioner Margaret Cheney said.

The RFP will be issued on April 2. The deadlines for proposals will be May 1.

The Standard Offer program was established in 2009. It has a total program capacity of 127.5 MW.