Florida utility seeks renewables including hydro, ocean current

Florida Power &Light Co. is calling for proposals for new renewable generation resources, including hydroelectric and ocean current projects. Proposals are due July 1.

The April 23 solicitation calls for proposals from a variety of renewable energy sources, including hydroelectric, ocean current, biomass, solar, geothermal, wind, waste heat, and hydrogen produced from sources other than fossil fuel.

The RFP is limited to new generating facilities or increased capacity from existing facilities, interconnected for synchronous operation and delivery of electricity before June 2015.

While the RFP specifically includes hydroelectric generation among resources sought, there is limited potential for conventional hydropower development in Florida. A 1998 study by the U.S. Department of Energy found 13 sites of undeveloped potential with individual capacities ranging from 200 kW to 18 MW. At that time, the government estimated Florida’s undeveloped hydropower potential at 43 MW, mostly in the Apalachicola River Basin.

As far as ocean energy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued preliminary permits to study development of eight generating projects in the Gulf Stream off Florida. (HNN 2/15/07) Seven were issued to SeaGen and one to Gulf Stream Energy.

The request for proposals can be obtained from the Internet at www.fpl.com/environment/gogreen/index.shtml?id=alias. Proposals and requests for clarification should be directed to: FPL 2007 Renewable RFP, Resource Assessment and Planning, Florida Power &Light Co., 9250 W. Flagler St., Miami, FL 33147; E-mail: renewable_RFP@fpl.com.

FPL plans to a pre-proposal workshop May 18. It will accept questions until June 1. Proposals are due July 1. A short-list announcement is planned Nov. 1, with initial negotiations with project sponsors in November and December, and in January 2008.

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