24 Sep '13, 2pm

Massachusetts Utilities Sign PPA for Wind Energy That Is Cheaper than Coal

Update 9/24: One thing that evolved during the procurement process was that the bid prices were so unexpectedly good that the utilities decided to double their procurements from a planned 1.8 percent to 3.5 percent. "We were pleasantly surprised with the pricing, and we didn't want to miss the opportunity," Ronald Gerwatowski, senior VP of U.S. regulation and pricing at National Grid, told REW.com. "It was a no-brainer to do more." Also, ultimately in the end there wasn't much difference between any of the utilities' final contracts with the wind energy providers. Acknowledging that projections of energy and REC prices are "a combination of art and science," Gerwatowski noted that assuming these wind projects all come online roughly in the same period, that $0.08 per kWh rate "is a savings to our customers right out of the box." Part of that is in the low rate, part of tha...

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