U.S. utility plans 500-MW renewables solicitation

PacifiCorp is preparing a request for proposals for renewable energy resources up to 500 MW, including wave, tidal, and some conventional hydropower. If approved by state regulators, the solicitation could be issued in June.

The solicitation, 2008R-1 RFP, will call for renewable resources that can achieve commercial operation between 2008 and 2011, PacifiCorp said in a document filed with the Oregon Public Utility Commission. PacifiCorp said projects must comply with existing or anticipated renewable portfolio standards and must be new to its resource portfolio.

Each project is limited to no more than 300 MW. In addition, each must have an expected annual output of at least 70,000 MWh. Bidders also have the option to submit bids offering renewable resources coupled with energy storage, such as pumped water.

The solicitation defines renewable resources as electric generation facilities, generation capabilities, or upgrades that become operational after Jan. 1, 1995, and derive their energy from qualified resources. Qualified resources include wave, tidal, and ocean thermal energy, and hydroelectric energy with a nameplate capacity less than 50 MW, if the facility is certified by a national certification organization as low-impact hydropower.

Eligible resources also include efficiency upgrades to hydroelectric facilities that became operational after Jan. 1, 1995, and hydroelectric energy if located within Utah, without regard to the date upon which the facility becomes operational.

PacifiCorp said the solicitation would help it acquire a portion of the renewables identified in its 2007 Integrated Resource Plan. The plan calls for PacifiCorp to acquire 1,400 MW of new renewable resources by 2010, with an additional 600 MW in its portfolio by 2013.

PacifiCorp evaluates proposals from earlier RFP

PacifiCorp is completing evaluations of bids received in an earlier solicitation, 2008R RFP, for renewable resources of less than 100 MW for more than five years, or more than 100 MW for five years or less. That solicitation called for renewables that can achieve commercial operation before Dec. 31, 2009.

Information on the solicitations is available from the utility’s Internet site, www.pacificorp.com, under �Suppliers &RFPs� and �Requests for Proposals.�

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