Hydro eligible for TVA’s 2,000-MW renewables solicitation

Tennessee Valley Authority seeks proposals to supply up to 2,000 MW from renewable and clean energy sources, including incremental hydropower and hydrokinetic energy. Proposals are due Jan. 16, 2009.

In a solicitation issued Dec. 2, TVA said up to 1,000 MW of generation would be delivered to TVA by June 1, 2009. That amount would increase to a maximum of 1,500 MW a year later, and to 2,000 MW by June 1, 2011.

TVA said it is targeting individual companies capable of producing at least 1 MW of electricity from renewable or clean energy resources. TVA, the largest public power producer in the U.S., said it wants proposals that would provide power supply from one to 20 years under power purchase agreements.

New or existing commercially proven technologies for the production of electric energy, including incremental hydropower, ocean, tidal, and hydrokinetic energy, meet TVA’s definition of renewable energy resources. The solicitation states dams under TVA control are excluded from locations for non-TVA hydroelectric generation.

TVA’s Environmental Policy calls for more than 50 percent of total power generation to come from zero- or low-carbon sources such as nuclear or renewable energy by 2020.

The solicitation is available on TVA’s Internet site, www.tva.gov, at www.tva.gov/pdf/recr_rfp.pdf.

Proposals are due Jan. 16, 2009, to the address below. A tentative schedule calls for notifying a short list March 1, completing negotiations May 1, and signing contracts before June 2009.

For more information, contact Tennessee Valley Authority, Attention: Jim Howell, Senior Trader-Energy Origination, 1101 Market St., SP 6A, Chattanooga, TN 37402-2801; Fax: (1) 423-751-3387; E-mail: jthowell@tva.gov.


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