New York utility seeks renewables including ocean, some hydro

Long Island Power Authority seeks proposals from firms to supply electricity from renewable energy sources, including ocean energy and some hydropower, and associated renewable energy certificates.

Notices of intent to attend a bidders conference are due Nov. 20. Bids are due Jan. 11, 2008.

LIPA announced Nov. 7 that renewable energy could come from new or existing projects in New York, New England, or the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland (PJM) electricity market. The list of eligible renewables includes ocean thermal, tidal, and wave power as well as hydroelectric upgrades and new �low-impact� run-of-river hydro projects of no more than 30 MW.

LIPA has agreed voluntarily to follow the New York Public Service Commission’s renewable portfolio standard, which requires suppliers to acquire 25 percent of the power they sell from renewable sources by 2013. LIPA said it is interested in buying renewable energy in two 150 GWh per year blocks for a period of 10 years. Each block is about 1 percent of LIPA’s total annual energy needs.

The request for proposals calls for renewable deliveries to commence on July 1, 2008, for Block 1 and July 1, 2009, for Block 2.

LIPA supplies power to more than 1.1 million customers in Nassau and Suffolk counties and the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens in New York.

The utility said it would post all information on the solicitation on its Internet site, www.lipower.org. A non-mandatory bidders conference is scheduled Nov. 28 in Uniondale, N.Y. A notice of intent to attend is due by Nov. 20 via the RFP Internet site.

A notice of intent to submit a proposal is due via the RFP website by Dec. 19. The deadline for submission of questions is Dec. 19.

Bids are due by 3 p.m. Jan. 11, 2008. Eight bound copies must be delivered to Long Island Power Authority, Attn.: James Peterson, Renewable Energy RFP, Director of Power Markets Contracts, 333 Earle Ovington Blvd., Suite 403, Uniondale, NY 11553. One unbound original, four bound copies, and one CD-ROM of the proposal in Microsoft Word or pdf also must be delivered to Long Island Power Authority, c/o Navigant Consulting Inc., Attn.: Robert Kendall, Renewable Energy RFP, 1400 Old Country Road, Suite 402, Westbury, NY 11590-5156.

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