Michigan utility solicits renewables including hydro

Utility Detroit Edison is soliciting proposals to purchase renewable energy certificates from new or existing renewable generation facilities in Michigan, including some hydropower.

Responses are due by May 2 to Detroit Edison, which said it also would consider buying energy and capacity.

Detroit Edison said it would purchase renewable energy certificates from hydro projects certified by the Low Impact Hydropower Institute. (HNN 4/9/08) Also eligible are wind, solar, landfill gas, biomass, anaerobic digester, or geothermal technologies. Facilities generating the certificates must have a minimum generating capacity of 30 kW.

The company said it issued the solicitation to find suppliers that can fulfill renewable energy supply requirements for its GreenCurrents program in 2009 and 2010. The program offers customers the opportunity to choose energy generated from renewables for homes and businesses.

Detroit Edison, a DTE Energy company, said the solicitation requires that providers’ renewable energy facilities be eligible for Green-e certification by the Center for Resource Solutions. Additionally, facilities must be newly constructed — placed in operation on, or after, Oct. 1, 2006, or repowered on, or after, Oct. 1, 2006.

The solicitation is available on the Internet at www.dteenergy.com/rfp. Proposals will be evaluated based on several criteria, including price, ability to meet desired quantities, fuel type, and location. Additional consideration will be given to wind, biomass, and solar.

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