BC Hydro seeks 5,000 GWh of clean, renewable power

BC Hydro issued a request for proposals June 11 calling for independent power projects to provide up to 5,000 gigawatt-hours annually of clean or renewable energy, including hydropower. Proposals are due Nov. 25.

The utility’s Clean Power Call establishes a competitive process for acquiring 5,000 GWh annually of seasonal and hourly firm energy. (HNN 9/27/07)

The RFP responds to the BC Energy Plan: A Vision for Clean Energy Leadership, released by British Columbia in February 2007. The plan calls for the province to obtain at least 90 percent of its electricity from clean or renewable sources and to achieve self-sufficiency by 2016.

The Clean Power Call targets clean energy from large projects using proven technologies such as hydropower, wind, solar, and geothermal energy, among others. BC Hydro said �clean� energy will be defined by the province in forthcoming guidelines.

In April, a spokesman for the Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources said hydropower projects of 10 MW or less would qualify as �clean� with no other restrictions. In the context of BC Hydro’s Standing Offer Program for small projects, launched in April, the spokesman said ocean power projects might qualify, unless BC Hydro does not consider them proven technologies. (HNN 4/15/08)

The Clean Power Call will accommodate larger projects with extended in-service dates before 2017, BC Hydro said.

BC Hydro and BC Transmission Corp. have scheduled an RFP registration and interconnection information session for all potential developers July 8 in Vancouver. A link to the session registration form is on BC Hydro’s Internet site for the solicitation: www.bchydro.com/cleanpowercall.

Proposals are due Nov. 25. BC Hydro said it intends to complete final evaluations and award electricity purchase agreements in mid-April through June 2009.

The Clean Power Call complements BC Hydro’s Standing Offer Program, which invites clean or renewable power projects up to 10 MW, including hydropower, to sell to BC Hydro at a fixed price with standard contract terms and conditions. Regional information sessions for developers wanting to use the Standing Offer program also are planned. (HNN 6/9/08)

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