August 19, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Washington utility Avista recently issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the output from up to 50 MW of wind capacity. Proposals must be submitted by noon on September 15. The utility is looking to award a contract by September 29. The utility is looking to purchase the output and green tags from 25-50 MW of wind power for a period of between two and five years, starting and ending between January 1, 2004, and December 31, 2008. Other terms will be considered; however, based on the company’s requirements it does not anticipate a term exceeding five years. The company will accept offers providing wind output during all 12 months of each year, or during all months excluding April, May, and June. Avista will consider combining projects smaller than 25 MW, but larger than 1 MW, to meet its overall quantity requirement. Options for project ownership after the expiration of the purchase contract will also be considered. All proposals will be evaluated based on their cost and overall usefulness to Avista. The company expects to complete the initial review by September 19. Project sponsors chosen for the short list should be prepared to meet at Avista’s corporate headquarters in Spokane, Washington.