California utility to consider small hydro, ocean renewables bids

California’s Sacramento Municipal Utility District plans to issue a request for offers of renewable energy including small hydropower and ocean energy.

The solicitation, to be issued Aug. 28, includes a pre-bid conference Sept. 11, with proposals due in late October, the utility said.

The request for offers will solicit power purchase agreements and ownership options of conventional and emerging renewables eligible for California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard. Eligible resources include small hydroelectric defined as 30 MW or less, ocean wave, tidal current, wind, geothermal, landfill gas, biomass, biodiesel, biogas, photovoltaic, and solar thermal.

SMUD said it wants to meet 23 percent of its retail electricity sales with renewable energy by 2011. The utility said its need for renewable energy continues to increase due to its commitment to expand the amount of renewable energy in its power mix and a need to replace current contracts that expire in the coming years.

SMUD said it also would accept letters of interest for Tradable Renewable Energy Credits in anticipation of a decision by the California Public Utilities Commission to accept the credits for renewables portfolio standard compliance.

When it becomes available, parties can obtain the solicitation from SMUD’s Electronic Bid Solicitation System website,

Registration to the Internet site is required to obtain the documents. SMUD recommends interested parties list their company names in the �Renewable Power� category, as well as subcategories such as �Small Hydro Power.� Registered individuals will receive updated information and notification of future solicitations for renewable energy, the utility said.

It will be SMUD’s second renewables solicitation this year. In January, it requested power purchase agreements with conventional renewables projects including small hydro. (HNN 1/11/08) Emerging renewables technologies, such as ocean and tidal energy, were not called for in the first renewables solicitation, which closed in April.

For information, contact: Elaine Sison-Lebrilla, (1) 916-732-7017, E-mail:; or Marco Lemes, (1) 916-732-5871; E-mail:

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