RPS Proposals Swamp Los Angeles

Over 40 companies submitted renewable energy proposals that could help the city of Los Angeles develop a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) appropriate for the area. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) said the RPS response marks a milestone in its effort to increase renewable energy to 20 percent of its power portfolio by 2017.

Los Angeles, California – September 22, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] The renewable energy proposals cover a broad spectrum of renewable energy resources including wind, geothermal, solar, small hydro, landfill gas, biomass, and municipal solid waste. Potential projects came from within the area and from out of state. LADWP is seeking to acquire up to 1.32 million MWH per year of additional renewable energy by the end of 2010. The total goal is to increase the city’s share of renewable energy sources to 13 percent by 2010, and 20 percent by 2017. “I am pleased to see the great response to our call for renewable energy proposals,” said Mayor Jim Hahn. “This is an important milestone in meeting our goal of developing more renewable power resources. I am committed to working with everybody involved on a balanced approach that helps maintain LADWP’s reliability and low rates.” LADWP officials will evaluate the proposals based on a “least cost, best fit” basis. They will look specifically at how well each project meets LADWP requirements, and assess the technical, environmental and economic factors of each proposal. Officials expect to come up with a short list by November and begin awarding renewable energy projects in February 2005. The Department plans to acquire new renewable energy resources through the development and ownership of multiple projects, and through mid- to long-term power purchase agreements. “Once we begin sorting through these proposals, evaluating the costs and feasibility, we will be in a better position to define the scope of the RPS in terms of how much renewable energy we will need to acquire, the types of renewable resources that are feasible to develop, how much they will cost,” Martinez said. “As we digest this information we will incorporate it into the proposed RPS and put it before our Mayor, City Council, Board of Water and Power Commissioners, the green Ribbon Commission for Renewable Energy, and members of the public for review and comments.”
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