UPDATE – California utility seeks renewables, including small hydro, ocean

California’s Sacramento Municipal Utility District issued a request for offers Aug. 28 seeking renewable energy including small hydropower and ocean projects. Proposals are due Oct. 21.

The solicitation includes a pre-bid information workshop, planned Sept. 11 at SMUD headquarters. (HNN 8/8/08)

SMUD seeks power purchase agreements and ownership options of renewables eligible for California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard. Eligible resources include small hydropower defined as 30 MW or less, conduit small hydro of 30 MW or less, ocean wave, tidal current, wind, geothermal, landfill gas, biomass, biodiesel, biogas, photovoltaic, and solar thermal.

The utility said it wants to meet 23 percent of its retail electricity sales with renewable energy by 2011. It said its need for renewable energy continues to increase due to its commitment to expand the amount of renewable energy in its power mix and a need to replace contracts that expire in the coming years.

SMUD announced it also would accept letters of interest submitted by Oct. 21 offering Tradable Renewable Energy Credits. It said it seeks letters of interest in anticipation of a decision by the California Public Utilities Commission to accept the credits for renewables portfolio standard compliance. The utility said it is interested in delivery of credits starting in 2010 and later years. More details about the letters of interest will be discussed at the pre-bid workshop.

Parties can obtain the solicitation by registering on SMUD’s Electronic Bid Solicitation System Internet site: https://usage.smud.org/EBSSExt. SMUD recommends interested parties list their company names in the �Renewable Power� category, as well as subcategories such as �Small Hydro Power.� Registered individuals will receive updated information and notification of future solicitations for renewable energy.

The renewables solicitation is SMUD’s second this year. In January, it requested power purchase agreements with conventional renewables projects including small hydro. (HNN 1/11/08) Emerging renewables technologies, such as ocean and tidal energy, were not included in the first renewables solicitation, which closed in April.

Proposals are due Oct. 21 to Marco Lemes, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Request for Offers No. 080406.CJB, P.O. Box 15830, 6201 S St. (MS: B257), Sacramento, CA 95852-1830. Direct questions to Lemes at the above address or by e-mail to mlemes@smud.org.

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