Oregon trust seeks hydro technology, market assessment

Energy Trust of Oregon seeks proposals to conduct a hydropower technology and market assessment for use in creating a hydropower investment program. Proposals are due July 25.

Energy Trust is a non-profit corporation that invests state funds in renewable energy and energy efficiency under an agreement with the Oregon Public Utility Commission. It currently supports new hydropower projects and increases in existing capacity of up to 20 MW through its open solicitation program for renewables. The trust noted it can support increases of up to 20 MW in larger plants, such as adding 20 MW to an existing 100-MW project.

As it now stands, Energy Trust reviews hydro projects individually, determining the level of support on a case-by-case basis. The trust said it is interested in determining whether standard levels of support are feasible across various hydropower size classes. It also is interested in barriers and opportunities related to forming a hydropower installation program and market.

Energy Trust wants the assessment to develop:
o An understanding of technologies, project types, configurations, and associated costs appropriate to hydropower development in Oregon; and
o An understanding of conditions, barriers, and opportunities for forming a functional hydropower installation program and market in Oregon.

The trust said it seeks a list of potential project development opportunities. It also seeks information on non-commercial emerging technologies related to in-stream hydropower, such as hydrokinetic turbines and vortex systems, not including ocean energy.

Energy Trust said it anticipates the budget for the assessment will be $60,000, but added it reserves the right to revise budget assumptions. A draft report of the assessment is due Nov. 7.

The solicitation may be obtained on the Energy Trust Internet site, www.energytrust.org, under www.energytrust.org/opportunities/rfp.html.

Proposals are due July 25 to Betsy Kauffman, Renewable Energy Program Manager, Energy Trust of Oregon, 851 S.W. Sixth Ave., Suite 1200, Portland, OR 97204; (1) 503-459-4072; E-mail: betsy.kauffman@energytrust.org.

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