Standard Offer Program

 

  • 2017 STANDARD OFFER PROGRAM RFP
    COMING APRIL 24

UPDATED 3/29/17 - 2017 STANDARD OFFER RFP TECHNOLOGY ALLOCATIONS AND AVOIDED COSTS PRICE CAPS 
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS -  STANDARD OFFER PROGRAM 

VEPP Inc., acting as Standard Offer Program Facilitator, is pleased to announce the upcoming issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP) soliciting bids for approximately 8.625 MW of new renewable energy projects.

 

In 2005, the Vermont General Assembly established the SPEED Program to encourage the development of renewable energy resources in Vermont as well as the purchase of renewable power by the state’s electric distribution utilities. 

On May 27, 2009, the Vermont Energy Act of 2009 (ACT 45) became law.  A number of the provisions of Act 45 significantly modified the SPEED Program.  Most notably, Act 45 implemented the SPEED Standard Offer Program, one of the nation's first feed-in-tariff programs.  The SPEED Standard Offer Program is designed to encourage the development of SPEED resources by making long term contracts at fixed prices available to qualified renewable energy facilities.

On May 18, 2012, the Vermont Energy Act of 2012 (ACT 170) was signed into law.  Act 170 expands the Standard Offer Program up to 127.5 MW over the next ten years.  The new law also mandates use of a market-based-mechanism to determine pricing for Standard Offer Projects.

On March 1, 2013, the Vermont Public Service Board issued ORDER RE ESTABLISHMENT OF STANDARD-OFFER PRICES AND PROGRAMMATIC CHANGES TO THE STANDARD-OFFER PROGRAM implementing Act 170's changes to the Standard Offer Program.  The Board established a Request for Proposal mechanim to solicit new Standard Offer Projects for the Standard Offer Program.

On April 1, 2013, the first Standard Offer Program Request for Proposals was released.  New capacity for the Standard Offer Program will be solicited through yearly Request for Proposals.