Virginia utility evaluates renewables bids including hydro

Utility holding company Dominion is evaluating responses to a request for proposals for renewable energy projects, including hydropower, to help meet renewables portfolio standards in its Virginia and North Carolina service areas.

�We received numerous requests for information,� Dominion Generation President Mark McGettrick said March 17. �Those requests led to dozens of proposals, including ones involving wind, biomass, hydro, and solar. We are now evaluating them to see if they merit being added to our existing portfolio of cost-effective, renewable generation.�

Beyond that statement, Dominion spokesman Dan Genest said the company would not disclose the nature of the proposals being evaluated.

Dominion issued the solicitation in November 2007, calling for projects, including hydro and ocean power, in development or early construction to help meet Virginia’s voluntary goal of 12 percent of electricity sales from renewables by 2022 and North Carolina’s mandatory goal of 12.5 percent by 2021. (HNN 11/30/07)

Dominion already operates about 413 MW of renewable generation from hydro, biomass, and wind projects, including the 324-MW Roanoke Rapids and Gaston hydro project (No. 2009) and the 2,164-MW Bath County Pumped-Storage project (No. 2716). (HNN 2/22/08)

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