Eleven Washington utilities seek renewables, including hydro, ocean

Eleven Washington public utility districts have issued a joint request for proposals seeking electricity from renewable resources including some hydro and ocean energy, as well as non-renewables, summer firm capacity, and resource shaping/firming services. Bids are due July 24, 2009.

Utilities issuing the request include public utility districts of Benton, Clallam, Cowlitz, Franklin, Grant, Kittitas, Lewis, Mason, Okanogan, Pacific, and Snohomish counties. Ephrata-based Grant County PUD is providing administrative services to the group.

All the utilities purchase wholesale power from Bonneville Power Administration and have the ability to acquire limited amounts of new power from non-BPA sources to meet their project loads. The utilities seek to acquire renewables in amounts ranging from 3 average MW in fiscal year 2012 to 105 aMW in fiscal year 2028. Proposals must offer at least 1 aMW in any year and must be located in the Northwest Region.

Eligible renewables include hydropower, with limitations such as whether the project is certified as “low-impact” hydropower; ocean energy; wind; solar power; geothermal energy; gas from landfills or sewage treatment plants; biodiesel fuel; and biomass. The utilities’ non-renewables solicitation includes ownership of new or existing facilities and wholesale power purchases.

Tender documents may be obtained from the Internet site of the RFP administrator, Golden Energy Services of Littleton, Colo., at www.goldenenergyservices.com. Questions on the renewables RFP, labeled RFP 2009-1, may be submitted to Golden Energy Services at the address below by 5 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time July 22.

Bids are due by 5 p.m. July 24. For information, contact Lloyd Reed, Golden Energy Services, 26 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite 600, Littleton, CO 801230; E-mail: lloyd.reed@goldenenergyservices.com; Internet: www.goldenenergyservices.com.

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