SMUD to Release 2007 Renewable Energy RFO in May

In May 2007, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) will release a Request for Offers (RFO) of renewable energy for both power purchase agreements (PPA) and offers for SMUD’s project ownership options.

This RFO will help SMUD identify potential renewable energy contracts to help the utility meet its Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) goals. SMUD has an annual incremental renewable energy goal and a specific target to meet 23 percent of its retail electricity sales with renewables by 2011 and beyond. The utility’s need for renewable energy continues to increase due to its commitment to expand the amount of power from renewable sources in its power mix and a need to replace current contracts that expire in the coming years. SMUD is soliciting PPA and ownership offers of California RPS eligible conventional and emerging renewables. Conventional resources include wind, geothermal, small hydroelectric, landfill gas, biomass and biodiesel, while emerging renewables comprise resources such as photovoltaic, solar thermal (with and without natural gas assist), biomass gasification, digester gas, fuel cells using qualifying renewable fuels, qualifying municipal solid waste conversion, ocean wave, ocean thermal, tidal current, and innovative storage coupled with qualifying intermittent renewables. Renewable electric energy providers and project developers can download the RFO documents from SMUD’s Electronic Bid Solicitation System (EBSS) website (see link below) when it becomes available. Registration to the EBSS site is required to access the documents. Interested parties should list their company name in the Category of “Renewable Power” and in one or more of the following Renewable Power subcategories: Generation Energy, Geothermal Power, Landfill Gas Power, Renewable Power-Other, Small Hydro Power, and Wind Power. Registered individuals will also receive updated information regarding this solicitation and will also receive notification of future solicitations for purchase of renewable power.

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