Maine took the next step toward creating a distribution system operator (DSO) in the waning days of 2023 with the release of a solicitation seeking a consultant to assess if the model can benefit the state.
The DSO would oversee a transparent market to provide fair payment to the homes, businesses or communities that produce distributed energy. The approach is analogous to the regional transmission organizations and independent system operators that manage wholesale power markets in most of the United States.
Maine’s DSO solicitation emerged from a bill, LD 952, that became law in June 2023. Spearheaded by Rep. Gerry Runte, a Democrat, the law requires that the state examine if a DSO could reduce electricity costs, improve electric reliability and accelerate climate goals.
Bids are due Jan. 22. The request for proposals is available through Maine’s Division of Procurement Services. Search for RFP number 202312248.
Read more about Maine’s DSO efforts: Will Maine Show the Rest of the US How to Open the Door to Distributed Energy?
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