BC Hydro reported 28 independent power producers submitted bids for 38 separate hydropower projects in response to its 2006 open call for power. A total of 37 independent power producers submitted proposals for 53 separate projects powered by hydro, wind, biomass, or coal.
The British Columbia utility said April 11 the 53 projects include both small and large facilities totaling about 1,800 MW. Firm energy tendered totals about 6,500 gigawatt-hours per year, it added.
BC Hydro issued the call at the end of last year, seeking 2,500 GWh per year of firm energy from independent power projects of at least 10 MW. The utility wants about 900 GWh/year by Nov. 1, 2009, and about 1,600 GWh/year on or before Nov. 1, 2010. The call also sought 200 GWh/year from independent projects greater than 50 kW but less than 10 MW, to be available by Nov. 1, 2010.
Over the coming months, BC Hydro will evaluate the tenders against criteria provided in call documents, including a preference for clean power and price. Contract awards will be announced in late August or early September. Information related to bid prices tendered and other factors that determine contract awards will be released once the contract awards are announced.
BC Hydro identifies hydropower bidders
BC Hydro released a list of bidder names and project locations. Names of the individual projects, generating capacities, and generation were not disclosed.
Canadian Hydro Developers submitted bids for four projects, two at Kamloops and two at Revelstoke. Synex Energy Resources Ltd. also proposed four projects, two at the village of Tahsis and one each at Gold River and Port Alice. Hydromax Energy Ltd. proposed two projects, both at Sechelt.
Individual hydro proposals were submitted by: 3986314 Canada Inc. at Nelson; Advanced Energy Systems Ltd., Revelstoke; Anyox Hydro Electric Corp., Alice Arm; Axiom Power Inc., Woss; Cogenix Power Corp., Boston Bar; District of Lake Country, Kelowna; Global Cogenix Industrial Corp., Boston Bar; Hupacasath First Nation, Port Alberni; KMC Energy Corp., Chilliwack; Kwalsa Energy L.P., Mission; Kwoiek Creek Resources L.P., Lytton; Link Power Management Ltd., Chilliwack; Maroon Creek Hydro Partnership, Terrace; Northwest Green Power Corp., Smithers; Plutonic Power Corp., Powell River, Hope, and Gibsons; Raffuse Energy Corp., Squamish; Raging River Power &Mining Inc., Port Alice; Remote Structures Inc., Golden; Renewable Power Corp., Sechelt; Second Reality Effects Inc., Squamish and Port Moody; Songhees Creek Hydro Inc., Port Hardy; Sound Energy Inc., Gibsons; Spuzzum Creek Power Corp., Agassiz; Upper Stave Energy L.P., Mission; and Valisa Energy Inc., Blue River.
Utility considers offer from 120-MW Brilliant Expansion
Brilliant Expansion Power Corp., an affiliate of Columbia Power Corp., submitted an offer to sell energy from its 120-MW Brilliant Expansion through a separate process.
BC Hydro said a contract would be awarded to Brilliant Expansion Power if its offer is competitively priced, when compared to those projects awarded contracts through the 2006 call for power. That offer will not affect the amount of firm energy being sought under the call for power, B.C. Hydro said.