[RenewableEnergyAccess.com]Minnesota Power has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to power production plants interested in helping the utility meet its power loads. Proposals are due by December 6, 2004, and applicants would contribute the utility’s long-term power supply strategy. Minnesota Power would like to include 10 MW of power from renewable energy sources in its goal to provide 200 MW of power from outside resources. Renewable power providers must have the ability to begin supplying power to the utility in May of 2005, and continue the power supply contract for at least 15 years. In a mid-September regulatory filing, Minnesota Power projected peak demand by customers in its service territory will increase at an average annual rate of 1.7 percent over the next decade. The Duluth-based electric utility will also realize a reduction in generating capacity purchase amounts over the next few years. The combination of increased demands and reduced supply means Minnesota Power will need to secure additional energy to make up for the shortfall, according to information presented in the filing. Parties interested in submitting an RFP to the utility should visit the link below.