Oregon utility renewables solicitation includes hydro

Portland General Electric is calling for proposals to supply power from renewables, including ocean wave, tidal, and qualified conventional hydropower. Proposals are due June 4.

PGE issued the solicitation April 23, seeking up to 218 average MW of mid- to long-term renewable energy. Resources must be available between 2009 and 2014. Resources must meet the requirements of Oregon’s Renewable Energy Standard, which requires that 25 percent of Oregon’s electric load come from new renewable energy by 2025. (HNN 6/8/07)

To count toward the standard, electricity must come from new renewable energy sources operational since 1995. Ocean wave, tidal, new hydro located outside environmentally protected areas, and efficiency upgrades to existing hydro facilities are eligible for the solicitation, as are wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass sources.

The utility, which serves more than 800,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in northwest Oregon, said proposals may include power purchase agreements and equity positions in renewable resources or projects. Bids must include associated tradable renewable energy credits and environmental attributes.

An optional bidders’ workshop is scheduled April 29 in Portland. Proposals are due June 4. PGE said it expects to name an initial short list for negotiations on July 14. It plans to select a final short list Sept. 12.

Accion Group Inc., an independent evaluator, maintains an Internet site offering information about the workshop, copies if the request for proposals, details for submitting bids, and other information at www.portlandgeneralrfp.com. Registration is required to enter some areas of the site.

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