Minnesota utility’s renewables tender includes hydro

Great River Energy seeks proposals for renewable energy resources, including hydroelectric projects of less than 100 MW, and other generation with low or no net carbon dioxide emissions. Notices of intent are due June 22, followed by proposals July 12.

Great River Energy is subject to Minnesota’s renewable energy standard, which requires electric utilities to supply a percentage of their energy sales from renewable energy, reaching 25 percent by 2025. In addition to hydropower projects less than 100 MW, eligible technologies include wind, solar, biomass, and hydrogen produced from eligible technologies.

Great River Energy is the second largest electric utility in Minnesota and is owned by 28 cooperatives. Through the RFP, issued May 29, it seeks 300,000 to 600,000 MWh per year of new resources from eligible energy technologies.

Resource Planning Manager Glen Skarbakka said Great River is most interested in projects beginning commercial operation late in 2009, but will consider projects that come on line earlier or later. Proposals qualifying as community-based energy development, and proposals from the utility’s member cooperatives, also are encouraged.

In addition to renewables, Great River said it is interested in proposals for other resources with low or no net carbon dioxide emissions.

Bid documents can be obtained from the utility’s Internet site, www.greatriverenergy.com, under Projects and Studies, and Renewables. Notices of intent to respond are due June 22 via e-mail to 2007RenewableRFP@GREnergy.com.

Proposals are due by 4 p.m. July 12. Great River plans to complete its evaluation of proposals by Sept. 13, and to select a short-list by Sept. 25.

For information, contact Stan Selander, Great River Energy, P.O. Box 800, Elk River, MN 55330-0800; (1) 763-241-2446, E-mail: sselander@grenergy.com.

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