Minnesota utility’s renewables tender includes hydropower

Great River Energy seeks proposals for renewable energy projects, including hydropower of less than 100 MW, and other generation with low or no net carbon dioxide emissions. Bids are due June 8.

Great River said it wants about 1,600 gigawatt-hours per year of new resources from eligible energy technologies to help meet state renewable energy standard requirements. The utility said it is most interested in projects beginning commercial operation late in the 2010-2012 timeframe.

Proposals qualifying as community-based energy development and proposals from member cooperatives also are encouraged. Great River also is interested in proposals for other resources with low or no net carbon dioxide emissions, when compared to coal or natural gas.

Great River is subject to Minnesota’s renewable energy standard, which requires electric utilities to supply a percentage of their energy sales from renewable energy, reaching 25 percent by 2025. In addition to hydro, eligible technologies include wind, solar, biomass, municipal solid waste, landfill gas and anaerobic digesters, and some hydrogen.

Great River issued a similar solicitation in 2007 for proposals for renewable energy resources, including hydropower projects of less than 100 MW, and other generation with low or no net carbon dioxide emissions. (HNN 5/31/07) It is the second largest electric utility in Minnesota and is owned by 28 member distribution cooperatives in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Proposals are due June 8. The utility plans to notify short-listed bidders July 20 and make final selections Dec. 1. Bid documents can be obtained from the utility’s Internet site at www.greatriverenergy.com/projects/renewables/proj_renewables.html. For information, contact Mark Rathbun, Great River Energy, 12300 Elm Creek Blvd., Maple Grove, MN 55369-4718; (1) 763-445-6104, E-mail: mrathbun@grenergy.com.

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