UPDATE – Ocean, hydro eligible for Florida renewables solicitation

Florida Power &Light Co. seeks proposals for electricity from renewable energy sources including ocean current and hydroelectric projects.

Bids are due June 9. A pre-bid meeting is planned April 21.

The solicitation, issued April 10, follows a pre-solicitation announcement released in March. (HNN 3/31/08)

FPL said it wants both firm generating capacity and energy, preferably from facilities in Florida, with expected in-service dates before June 2014. Other eligible renewables include biomass, waste-to-energy, landfill gas, solar, geothermal, wind, waste heat, and hydrogen produced from sources other than fossil fuel. Bidders must propose a minimum resource block size of 1 MW or larger.

FPL said it also seeks information regarding new renewable firm capacity and energy sources with expected in-service dates beyond 2014.

FPL said its request for proposals expands upon a standard offer contract for all renewables generators filed with the Florida Public Service Commission on April 1. The company now buys 157 MW of firm capacity and about 1.5 million MWh of energy from renewable energy producers under firm and as-available contracts.

FPL issued a similar RFP in 2007, but a PSC ruling rendered previous bids unviable, the company said. FPL now seeks new proposals that comply with the PSC ruling.

The RFP and additional information are available on a company Internet site, www.fpl.com/renewable2008RFP.

FPL will conduct a pre-proposal workshop in Miami April 21. Bids are due June 9. A short list of vendors will be compiled by Sept. 2. Negotiations are planned from September to November.

For information, contact Raul Montenegro, Florida Power &Light Co., Resource Assessment and Planning Department, 9250 W. Flagler St., Miami, FL 33174; (1) 305-552-3632; E-mail: raul_montenegro@fpl.com; Internet: www.fpl.com.

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