Duke Energy Ohio solicits supply bids totaling 1,800 MW

Duke Energy Ohio seeks proposals from third-party suppliers for up to 1,800 MW of peaking and intermediate power, including renewables, from 2009-2018, to serve its retail load. Proposals are due Sept. 19.

The company said it issued the request for proposals to gauge the market for long-term supply. Duke Energy Ohio President Sandra Meyer said long-term contracting and the addition of new generation would be far less expensive over time than continuing to rely heavily on the annual wholesale market for electricity.

While the RFP encourages offers of renewable energy sources, the document does not contain a definition of renewables. Bids must be for a minimum of 50 MW.

Duke Energy Ohio, through Burns &McDonnell, has established an e-mail address, dukeenergyohiorfp@burnsmcd.com, to receive written communications from potential bidders. The company also has set up an Internet site, www.dukeenergyohiorfp.com, where the solicitation can be obtained. Proposals are due Sept. 19 to Duke Energy Ohio RFP, c/o Kiah Harris, Burns &McDonnell, 9400 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64114.

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