Pacific Gas and Electric seeks renewables including hydro

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. seeks proposals to supply power from renewable energy sources, including some hydro and ocean energy, to fulfill the utility’s obligation under California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard. Notices of intent to bid are due July 17, 2009, with proposals due Aug. 24.

PG&E seeks offers for: power sales; power sales and buyout options; sale of generating facilities; sale of generating sites; and joint ownership or joint development of projects.

Renewable energy resources now provide about one-third of PG&E’s total electric portfolio, including 13 percent from resources eligible under California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard. (HydroWorld 11/19/08) PG&E seeks an additional 1 to 2 percent of its customers’ electricity needs —- about 800 to 1,600 gigawatt-hours annually — from eligible renewable resources.

PG&E issued a similar solicitation in 2008 (HydroWorld 3/10/08) in addition to a separate request for energy and capacity that also included renewables such as hydropower and ocean energy. (HydroWorld 10/24/08)

PG&E said June 29 it seeks new contracts with power producers to increase the level of RPS-eligible renewable generation to 20 percent by 2010-2013, as required by state law.

Eligible hydro-related renewables include conduit hydroelectric projects, incremental hydroelectric generation from efficiency improvements, small hydro of 30 MW or less, and ocean wave and tidal current projects. New small hydropower facilities are eligible if they do not require a new or increased appropriation of water.

Copies of the solicitation protocol, power purchase agreements, and related information are on PG&E’s Internet site, www.pge.com/rfo, under 2009 Renewables.

Non-binding notices of intent to bid are due July 17, via e-mail to renewablerfo@pge.com, along with confirmation to attend a July 21 pre-bid conference. The July 21 conference is set for PG&E headquarters in San Francisco.

Proposals are due Aug. 24. PG&E said it plans to notify short-listed bidders Oct. 28, and negotiate and execute agreements by May 31, 2010.

For information, contact RPS Solicitation, Energy Supply Department, Pacific Gas & Electric, 245 Market St., 13th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105; E-mail: renewablerfo@pge.com; Internet: www.pge.com/rfo.

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