Hydro eligible for Idaho Power firm-power solicitation

Idaho Power Co. has issued a request for proposals to acquire 250 to 600 MW of energy by June 2, 2012. The utility will consider bids, including hydropower, submitted by Oct. 17.

Notices of intent to respond to the 2012 baseload request for proposals must be filed by May 23. A pre-bid meeting is planned May 8 in Boise.

Idaho Power said it will consider power purchase agreements or tolling agreements to supply firm or unit-contingent energy to support growing demand in its service territory of southern Idaho and eastern Oregon. The utility said transmission constraints make it likely that proposals must identify new generation resources within Idaho Power’s control area.

The company said it plans to evaluate a natural gas-fired combined-cycle combustion turbine to be constructed by Idaho Power as one of the resource alternatives in the RFP.

Hydropower proposals must discuss whether in-stream flow studies will be required, or have been performed, and study results. They also must discuss major license conditions affecting resource management, including whether fish passage facilities will be required.

The minimum proposal size is 50 MW. The maximum proposal size is about 600 MW. Idaho Power said it could combine individual proposals to acquire the specified energy. At a minimum, it said, proposals must include a 15-year term, and at least one five-year contract renewal option. Build-and-transfer options will not be considered, it said.

Proposals are due Oct. 17. Idaho Power said it expects to notify short list in November, and name winning proposals in January 2009. Negotiations are to be completed in February 2009, followed by public utility commission filings the same month.

For information, contact: 2012 Baseload RFP, Attention: Celeste Schwendiman, Idaho Power Co., 1221 W. Idaho St., Boise, ID 83702; (1) 208-388-6447; E-mail: baseloadrfp@idahopower.com. The RFP and associated information are available on a utility Internet site: www.idahopower.com/aboutus/business/rfp.

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