California utility district’s renewables RFP includes hydro

Sacramento Municipal Utility District has issued a request for proposals for power from renewable energy sources including small hydropower. A pre-bid conference is planned Oct. 12. The deadline for submitting offers is Nov. 7.

SMUD is soliciting offers for conventional renewables, such as small hydroelectric, wind, geothermal, landfill gas, biomass, and biodiesel, with the intent of negotiating and executing power purchase agreements. For purposes of the solicitation (No. 060309.CJB), small hydro is considered 30 MW of capacity or less.

Renewable energy providers and project developers can obtain solicitation documents from SMUD’s Electronic Bid Solicitation System Internet site, www.bids.smud.org. Registration on the site is required to obtain the documents.

Registered individuals will receive updated information about the solicitation, and notification of future solicitations for purchase of power from renewables. For information, contact Cesar Beltran, (1) 916-732-6925; E-mail: cbeltra@smud.org.

Although they are not part of the current solicitation, the utility said it would seek proposals for emerging renewable energy technologies, such as ocean wave, ocean thermal, and tidal currents, through a separate solicitation.

California’s renewable portfolio standard program requires investor-owned utilities to increase their procurement of eligible renewable generating resources by 1 percent of load per year to achieve a 20 percent renewables goal. (HNN 7/17/06) Public utilities such as SMUD are not subject to that requirement, but several have set similar targets. SMUD hopes to meet 12 percent of its electricity needs with renewables by the end of this year and 23 percent by 2011.

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