Progress Energy Carolinas seeks renewables including hydro

Progress Energy Carolinas seeks proposals for renewable energy projects, including hydropower, ocean current, and wave energy. Proposals are due Nov. 11.

The company expects to purchase up to 1 million MWh of renewable energy when the initial phase of the state’s renewables portfolio standard takes effect in 2012. Legislation requires Progress Energy Carolinas and other investor-owned utilities in North Carolina to provide 12.5 percent of energy sales in the state through renewable energy sources and energy efficiency by 2021. (HNN 9/6/07)

Progress Energy said renewable and alternative energy proposals must be submitted by Nov. 11 to be considered in the company’s 2009 planning period. Bidders responding by that date will be notified in March 2009 of Progress Energy Carolinas’ intent to enter further discussions.

Non-solar bids with capacities of 10 MW or less will be accepted. Priority will be given to those proposals that are expected to be operational before 2011.

The utility previously issued an open-ended request for proposals for energy and capacity from renewable resources, including hydropower, ocean current, and wave energy sources, in November 2007. (HNN 11/6/07) From that solicitation, it signed contracts for two biomass projects and three small solar photovoltaic plants.

Proposals submitted in response to the new solicitation are due Nov. 11. The RFP and related documents are available on the Internet at www.progress-energy.com/renewableRFP.

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