Hydro eligible for Arizona call for renewables

Arizona Public Service Co. seeks proposals for new sources of generation from renewables, including hydropower technologies. A pre-bid teleconference is planned June 25; proposals are due Aug. 13.

APS said it needs renewable energy to meet part of its overall resource needs. Eligible technologies include hydro, biomass, biogas, landfill gas, geothermal, solar, wind, hybrid wind and solar, and natural gas.

The utility said it will consider power purchase agreements, power purchase agreements with a buyout option, build-transfer arrangements, and joint ownership options. Terms can range from five years to 30 years. The minimum annual energy per project is 35,000 MWh.

APS said its targeted annual procurement could range from 250,000 to 1 million MWh, depending on the response to its request for proposals. It will keep environmental attributes associated with bid energy, including renewable energy credits and greenhouse gas or carbon credits.

APS, part of Pinnacle West Capital Corp., serves about 1.1 million customers in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties.

Non-binding notices of intent to bid are due July 11, followed by the Aug. 13 deadline for proposals. A non-refundable fee of $3,000 per project location must accompany proposals to qualify for consideration, APS said. A short list of companies is to be notified Oct. 10. Final selections are to be made Nov. 21.

Information about the June 25 teleconference and RFP documents may be obtained from the Internet at www.aps.com/rfp. All communications must be in writing to Gordon Samuel, Manager Resource Acquisition, Arizona Public Service Co., 400 N. Fifth St., Mail Station 9674, Phoenix, AZ 85004; E-mail: renewableRFP@aps.com.

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