Emera Inc. has begun a solicitation process for energy to be bundled with transmission capacity on the proposed Atlantic Link submarine electricity transmission project. Atlantic Link is a proposed 350-mile submarine high-voltage direct current (HVDC) electric transmission line that will deliver 900 MW of clean energy for the delivery of clean energy into the ISO-New England market.
Electricity will be delivered from a new DC converter station to be constructed at Coleson Cove, New Brunswick to a new converter station to be constructed at one of two proposed landing sites in Massachusetts. Plans are for the Atlantic Link to be in-service by the end of 2022.
Energy transmitted on the proposed transmission line will be bundled with transmission services provided by the Atlantic Link, and will be advanced by Emera in response to a clean energy request for proposals (RFP) expected in early 2017 from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Stakeholder and permitting activities for Atlantic Link are currently under way. The Atlantic Link is 100% owned by Emera. New Brunswick Power holds an option to participate in the Atlantic Link as a minority investor.
Until April 12, 2017, Power Advisory LLC will receive proposals from qualified parties willing to offer energy for purposes of establishing a bundled offer into the Massachusetts RFP. Interested parties can register by visiting the Atlantic Link Energy Solicitation website here, and submit a non-binding Notice of Intention to Submit a Proposal Form to Power Advisory LLC no later than January 20, 2017.
Upon registration, qualified parties will be able to access information about the energy solicitation including a description of the Atlantic Link project and its approach to providing access to the New England market for non-emitting electricity generation.
Proposals will be evaluated and ranked based on the following considerations: offered price for sale of energy; evaluated cost of energy to the Atlantic Link terminus in New Brunswick, cost to firm the energy offered, maximization of the utilization of the transmission capability of the Atlantic Link, firmness of energy, energy source and resource mix, the proponent’s capacity to deliver the energy offer, financial capability and relevant experience, the proponent’s plans for community engagement and environmental approval plan, and the likelihood of successful execution of an Indigenous People’s declaration and plan.