UPDATE – California utility’s renewables call includes small hydro

Sacramento Municipal Utility District seeks proposals for electricity from renewable energy sources. Proposals are due April 7.

The Jan. 11 solicitation seeks power purchase agreements with conventional renewables projects eligible under California’s renewables portfolio standard. (HNN 12/21/07) Conventional renewables include small hydro, defined as hydro of 30 MW or less, wind, geothermal, landfill gas, biomass, and biodiesel resources.

The district also is soliciting offers of tradable renewable energy credits (TRECs) that can be tracked and verified by the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System. SMUD said its purchase of TRECs is contingent on the California Public Utility Commission’s pending decision to allow utilities to meet part of their RPS goals with tradable renewable energy credits.

For purposes of meeting the state renewables portfolio standard, eligible hydro-related renewables include hydro projects of 30 MW or less. New small hydro facilities are eligible, but only if they do not require a new or increased appropriation of water.

SMUD said it plans to issue a separate request for proposals in mid-2008 for emerging renewable technologies such as ocean and tidal energy. The utility said it is preparing the solicitations to help obtain 23 percent of its retail electricity from renewable energy by 2011.

The current solicitation (No. 070659.CJB) is on SMUD’s Electronic Bid Solicitation System website, www.bids.smud.org. Registration in the system is required to obtain documents. For information, contact Cesar Beltran, (1) 916-732-6925; E-mail: cbeltra@smud.org.

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