Los Angeles utility seeks renewables including hydro, ocean

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power seeks proposals for 2,200 gigawatt-hours annually of energy and capacity generated by renewable energy sources, including some hydropower and ocean resources. A pre-bid conference is planned Feb. 13, with bids due April 10.

LADWP said 2,200 GWh would help it meets its renewables portfolio standard goal. The RPS mandate calls for increasing the supply of electricity from renewable resources to 20 percent by Dec. 31, 2010, as measured by retail electricity sales. LADWP said the request for proposals would help the city increase total renewables to 15 percent from its current 6 percent.

LADWP, the largest municipal utility in the U.S., said eligible resources include small hydro of 30 MW or less, Los Angeles Aqueduct hydropower plants, and ocean wave, ocean thermal, and tidal current technologies. Other eligible resources include biomass, biodiesel, digester gas, fuel cells using renewable fuels, geothermal, landfill gas, solar, and wind.

As a result of LADWP’s 2004 RFP, the utility agreed in November 2006 to buy from Powerex Corp. 50 MW of renewable energy generated from small hydroelectric plants in the Pacific Northwest. (HNN 11/14/06)

LADWP said it prefers proposals that offer immediate facility ownership and power purchase agreements that include an early facility ownership option. LADWP also will consider proposals for ownership of undeveloped sites, in which the sites could be fully permitted and the resource fully assessed before the RFP expires in April 2008. It also will consider proposals involving standard power purchase agreements in which the owner of the facility would sell the energy generated to LADWP.

The solicitation can be obtained from the utility’s Internet site, www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp008970.jsp. For information, see the website, www.ladwp.com.

LADWP plans a pre-proposal conference for prospective bidders Feb. 13. Attendance is recommended but not required. Proposals are due at 2 p.m. April 10 to LADWP, Vendor Liaison Center, JFB Room L43, 111 N. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Proposals must be identified as: RFP No. RFP136-07, Renewable Energy Supply, Due Date: April 10, 2007.

LADWP plans to evaluate proposals over eight weeks, followed by the issuance of results and a short-list June 19; negotiations with short-listed respondents should begin June 25.

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