Call for Proposals Could Include Renewable Energy

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is planning to boost its electricity resources to meet customers’ long-term energy needs. This call for power proposals has a particular emphasis on energy efficiency but could also spur new renewable energy projects.

In one of two draft request for proposals (RFP) filed with state regulators, PSE outlined its intent to procure up to 1,500 MW of new power supply by 2015. The other RFP filed with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission seeks to expand the utility’s current efforts of energy-efficiency services for its customers. “Our goal is…for PSE to secure a balanced, diversified mix of energy resources under long-term arrangements,” said Eric Markell, PSE’s senior vice president of energy resources. The RFP focuses particularly on energy efficiency, and additionally PSE expects to entertain proposals that support the utility’s target to provide 10 percent of its customers’ energy from renewable resources by 2013 with minimal financial risk or environmental impact. The projected power savings would affect the electricity needs of about 200,000 households. The new equipment or technologies must be installed by the end of 2007 and be capable of producing energy savings for at least five years. A similar RFP process in 2003 generated nearly 50 proposals for PSE. From those bids, the utility secured about 150 MW of new power resources, mostly from two large wind farms the utility is currently developing in Washington. Read the text of either draft RFPs on PSE’s Web site below.

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