California 400-MW renewables solicitation includes hydropower

Pacific Gas &Electric Co. seeks bids by Sept. 8 to supply 400 MW from renewable resources, including hydropower, to meet its 2006 Renewables Portfolio Standard requirements.

Eligible renewables include hydro no greater than 30 MW, solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, landfill gas, and ocean technologies. PG&E said June 30 it seeks an additional 1 to 2 percent, or 700-1,400 gigawatt-hours per year, of its generation from eligible renewables.

Non-binding notices of intent to bid and reservations to attend a pre-bid conference are due July 10. Failure to submit a notice by that date will not disqualify a bidder. PG&E scheduled the non-mandatory pre-bid conference July 20 at its San Francisco offices.

Similar to PG&E’s 2005 request, suppliers can offer power from new generation owned and operated by others, or build new generation for ownership by PG&E. New for 2006, PG&E also seeks sites for development of renewables projects by PG&E. It will accept California generation or out-of-state power delivered to California.

PG&E plans to short-list proposals Oct. 20. It said it would sign contracts and seek approval from state regulators during the fourth quarter of 2006 and the first quarter of 2007.

Request is PG&E’s fourth since 2002 under state program

The solicitation marks the company’s fourth since 2002 under California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard program. The program requires utilities to deliver 20 percent of their power from qualified renewable resources by 2010.

PG&E has signed contracts for 668 MW of renewables since 2002. It expects to add more as it finalizes its 2005 solicitation.

PG&E now supplies 32 percent of its customer load from renewable or alternative resources — 20 percent from its own hydro plants that are larger than 30 MW and 12 percent from small hydro and other renewables that qualify under the California program.

Copies of bidding documents, power purchase contracts, and related materials are on the Internet at www.pge.com/renewableRFO. For information, e-mail renewablerfo@pge.com.

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