U.S. seeks bids for ocean generation technologies

Bonneville Power Administration is calling for proposals for technology that can advance research on ocean wave and in-stream tidal generation technologies. Proposals are due Jan. 19.

BPA also seeks research and development projects that can manage the intermittent nature of renewables such as wind connected to the transmission grid.

�The existing federal power system uses 31 dams and one nuclear power plant, along with some wind power, to generate emission-free, non-fossil-fuel-based electricity for the Northwest,� BPA Deputy Administrator Steve Hickok said. �Adding renewable wave energy to the mix, with no associated fossil fuel use or emissions, certainly would fit well with our federal power supply portfolio and could hold promise as our region’s electricity needs continue to grow.�

The U.S. power marketer contemplates multiple awards covering a variety of concepts, ideas, and approaches. In some cases, it might be appropriate for one or more awards to be made as a cooperative agreement, BPA added.

BPA anticipates more than $1 million will be available for multiple awards in the current fiscal year, ending Sept. 30, 2007. A potential for continued funding into future years also exists. BPA said it expects the proposed project period for the RFP to be less than six months, to be completed by Sept. 30.

Contracts will be awarded as incrementally funded cost share type contracts or cooperative agreements with a mandatory minimum cost share of 35 percent to be borne by contractors. Offers not meeting the minimum cost sharing requirements of 35 percent will be eliminated from consideration, BPA said.

Due to the technical complexity of the projects, BPA said it does not expect a single entity will possess all of the resources necessary to respond to the request for proposals. Consequently, it said, teaming arrangements might be appropriate.

BPA said it will notify successful bidders Feb. 2. It expects to award contracts March 1.

The solicitation, No. 739, is in the Current Opportunities section of BPA’s corporate Internet site: www.bpa.gov/corporate/business/innovation. Proposals are due to: Bonneville Power Administration, Attention: Diane Roth -� NSSP-4, RE: RFP 739, P.O. Box 3621, Portland, OR 97208. Direct questions to Roth at (1) 503-230-5091; E-mail: dlroth@bpa.gov.

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