UPDATE – Duke Energy Ohio extends call for renewables

Duke Energy Ohio has extended the deadline for proposals to supply it renewable energy, including hydropower, beginning delivery in 2009-2012. The bidding deadline was extended to Aug. 15 from Aug. 8.

To comply with Ohio’s renewable energy portfolio standard, Duke Energy Ohio said it needs a minimum of 61,000 MWh of energy and related capacity from renewable energy resources, which is to include 1,000 MWh of solar energy, by the end of calendar year 2009. (HNN 6/24/08) Requirements increase to about 355,000 MWh of renewable power, including 15,000 MWh of solar energy, by the end of 2012.

Ohio’s 2008 energy law requires Ohio utilities to generate 50 percent of their renewable power from facilities located in the state. As a result, the company said it would give preference to renewable power produced in Ohio. Projects must be delivering power by the end of 2012.

Hydro and other non-solar renewable energy projects must have a minimum capacity of 1 MW and annual generation of 1,750 MWh. In addition to hydro and solar, Duke Energy Ohio said eligible resources include wind, geothermal, and biomass, and storage facilities that promote the use of off-peak power from renewables.

The request for proposals is available on the Internet at www.duke-energy.com/environment/ohio-rfp.asp. A short list is to be selected Sept. 19 for negotiation of agreements. Duke Energy expects to submit agreements for regulatory approval by Dec. 31.

Proposals now are due Aug. 15 to Duke Energy Ohio RFP, c/o Kiah Harris, Burns &McDonnell, 9400 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64114. For information, contact Kathy Dunn, E-mail: khdunn@duke-energy.com.

Duke Energy Ohio previously sought proposals by Sept. 19, 2007, for up to 1,800 MW, including renewables. (HNN 9/12/07) No contracts were awarded due to uncertainty at that time about pending energy legislation, the utility said.

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