Delays likely in offshore wind procurement

Evaluators tied up on clean energy procurement

THE STATE’S TOP ENERGY OFFICIAL said on Tuesday that the selection of a winner or winners of the offshore wind procurement will probably be delayed beyond April 23 because the evaluation team is still tied up negotiating a contract with the winner of a separate clean energy procurement.

“There’s only so much capacity,” said Matthew Beaton, the secretary of energy and environmental affairs. “In all likelihood, there could be a delay. We don’t know what a delay will look like.”

The state selected Northern Pass as the winner of its clean energy procurement, but the company, which planned to import hydropower form Quebec into New England, was disqualified when New Hampshire regulators declined to provide a key permit for the transmission line. That prompted the state to shift to Central Maine Power, a company that is also seeking to import hydropower from Quebec into Maine.