Great River Energy Issues RFP Seeking Renewable Energy Resources

Great River Energy has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for renewable energy resources and other power generation resources with low or no net carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Great River Energy is subject to the Minnesota Renewable Energy Standard, which requires electric utilities to supply an increasing percentage of their energy sales from renewable energy, reaching 25 percent by 2025.

Eligible energy technologies include: wind, solar, hydroelectric of less than 100 megawatts, biomass, municipal solid waste, landfill gas and anaerobic digesters, and hydrogen produced from any of the previous resources.

Great River Energy will need about 1,200 MW of wind resources by 2025 to meet the new standard entirely with wind energy resources. Great River Energy currently has slightly over 200 MW of wind resources in its energy portfolio, which is sufficient to meet the standard through approximately 2010.

“We’re issuing this RFP to meet our member cooperatives’ energy needs and to stay well ahead of the Renewable Energy Standard requirements,” says Glen Skarbakka, Great River Energy manager of resource planning.

Great River Energy is seeking approximately 300,000 – 600,000 MWh per year of new resources from eligible energy technologies. A nonbinding Notice of Intent to Respond is due on Friday, June 22, 2007. Proposals are due on Friday, July 12, 2007.

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