California Utility Seeks Renewable Energy Partners

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is in the market for new sources of renewable energy, so the utility is inviting potential suppliers of renewable electricity to add their names to SMUD’s solicitation e-mail list

Sacramento, California – June 17, 2004 [] . Names on the list soon will receive a Request for Offer (RFO). The RFOs will help SMUD identify potential renewable energy projects to help meet its Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) goals and Greenergy program requirements. SMUD’s RPS goal is to have 10 percent of its electricity needs met with renewable resources by 2006 and 20 percent by 2011. The utility’s green pricing program, Greenergy, gives residential and commercial customers the option to pay a monthly premium to ensure that selected amounts of renewable power are purchased on their behalf. Current estimates for these two programs indicate that SMUD will need approximately 2,250 gigawatt-hours (GWh) a year by the end of 2011. SMUD has used a specific structure for the RFO to attract emerging renewable technology developers to submit offers to supply portions of the needed energy. SMUD will evaluate proposals in two categories: conventional renewables such as wind, small hydro, geothermal and direct combustion biomass projects, and emerging renewables such as solar thermal with gas assist and biomass gasification. Renewable electric energy providers and project developers can place their names on SMUD’s e-mail list by registering their company at SMUD’s Electronic Bid Solicitation System (EBSS) Web site, in the Category of “Renewable Power”. Applicants should also register the company name in one or more of the following Renewable Power subcategories: Photovoltaic, Solar Thermal, Biomass, Small Hydro, Wind, Geothermal, Biodiesel, Digester Gas, Fuel Cells, Landfill Gas, MSW Conversion, Tidal Current, Ocean Wave, Ocean Thermal, and other. See the link below for more details.
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