Southern California Edison renewables call includes hydro, ocean

Southern California Edison Co. issued a request for proposals, seeking renewable resources, including some hydro and ocean energy, to meet its obligation under California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard. Proposal summaries are due electronically by Aug. 14, 2009, followed by hard-copy proposals Aug. 21.

The solicitation is SCE’s seventh for renewable power contracts since 2002. It procured 16 percent of its total power portfolio from renewables in 2008. It said it currently has sufficient contracts in place to supply 20 percent of customer demand from renewables, to fulfill the utility’s obligation under California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard. (HydroWorld 11/19/08)

SCE said June 30 it will consider proposals from new or existing generating facilities certified by the California Energy Commission as eligible renewable energy resources. (HydroWorld 3/11/08) The seller is to convey to SCE all electric energy and any renewable energy credits or other attributes.

Hydroelectric facilities of 30 MW or less are considered eligible for the solicitation if they do not require a new or increased appropriation of water. Ocean wave and tidal current projects also are considered eligible.

The RFP and appendices that include filing instructions are on SCE’s Internet site at www.sce.com/renewrfp.

SCE plans to conduct on July 9 both a general bidders conference and a separate Imperial Valley bidders conference, to highlight unique opportunities created by construction of the Sunrise transmission project in the valley.

Proposal summaries, including a proposal structure letter, seller’s proposal template, and term sheets, are due electronically by 1 p.m. Pacific time Aug. 14. Printed copies of full proposals are due by 1 p.m. Aug. 21.

The utility plans to notify short-listed bidders to complete negotiations of final power purchase and supply agreements by Oct. 23. The utility plans to submit final power purchase and supply agreements to the California Public Utilities Commission for approval April 30, 2010.

SCE said all communications concerning the solicitation are to be made by e-mail to both renewableproposals@sce.com and waynejoliver@aol.com. For information see the tender Internet site, www.sce.com/renewrfp.

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