California utility’s call for long-term power includes hydro

Southern California Edison seeks proposals for a total of 500 MW of new power generation, including hydropower, for longer term contracts of up to 20 years.

Proposals are due Jan. 10, 2007, for projects that can begin operation by Aug. 1, 2013.

The Oct. 4 announcement is an expansion of an Aug. 14 request for proposals that seeks as much as 1,500 MW under contracts of up to ten years.

“Potential bidders have suggested that longer-term contracts might lower the future costs our customers pay for power from new plants resulting from this solicitation,” SCE Senior Vice President Pedro Pizarro said. “With the California Public Utilities Commission support, we are willing to allow bids for longer term contracts to widen the pool of offers to meet the need for new generation”

SCE already is negotiating contracts with bidders in earlier tracks of the request for proposals, making it too late to modify those tracks to allow longer contracts. Those tracks are for projects that would begin service by Aug. 1, 2007, and Aug. 1, 2010.

To reflect the expanded request, SCE said it would post updated documents on the Internet at www.sce.com/energyprocurement under ES&M New Generation Resources RFO.

Earlier this year, SCE requested proposals from developers of small hydro, wind, geothermal, solar, and biomass projects. (HNN 7/17/06)

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