Major U.S. Utility Calls for Renewable Proposals

Florida Power & Light has called for proposals which could include renewable sources for up to 1,750 megawatts of additional capacity to cope with expected increases in power demand.

JUNO BEACH, Florida, US, 2001-09-02 [SolarAccess.com] Florida Power & Light has called for proposals which could include renewable sources for up to 1,750 megawatts of additional capacity to cope with expected increases in power demand. FPL plans to meet future system load growth through the addition of new generating capacity in 2005 and 2006, it has told the state Public Service Commission. It plans to add capacity either by building its own plants or acquiring power from other suppliers, whichever is more economical and reliable. “We believe the FPL power plant projects we have planned for the middle of this decade represent a reliable, cost-effective way to meet our customers’ future needs for additional power generation,” says president Paul Evanson. “However, we have asked for project submittals from other generators to determine if they offer the potential for lower cost electricity that’s both firm and contractually guaranteed to serve Florida customers.” Parties interested in submitting proposals for renewable energy proposals or firm capacity must pay $500 to receive the RFP and to be eligible for a 24 pre-bid workshop on August 24. Proposals must be received by FPL by September 14, and an initial evaluation is expected by November. A short list of promising projects will be announced and contract negotiations started that month, with a final selection announced next March. Evanson says there is no energy crisis in Florida, but the firm has planned additional natural gas combined cycle generating capacity for existing sites in Fort Myers, Martin and Midway, to meet customer demand within five years. “If there’s someone who can offer more reliable, cost-effective projects, we want to hear about and evaluate their proposals in keeping with our commitment to keep prices down for customers,” he adds. Florida Power & Light is a subsidiary of FPL Group, one of the largest providers of electricity in the United States with annual revenues of $8 billion. It serves 3.9 million accounts in Florida. Another subsidiary, FPL Energy, LLC, generates electricity from renewable fuels.

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