Portland General Electric Co. this week issued a request for proposals seeking generating resources meeting the requirements of Oregon’s renewable energy standard.
The RFP seeks approximately 100 “average megawatts” of renewable power, enough to serve more than 83,000 typical PGE residential customers. Energy sources must be at least 10 MW and can include wind, geothermal, biomass, biogas, solar, and hydroelectric power. PGE said it may acquire either a single resource or a mix of resources to achieve the total desired renewable energy target. The utility anticipates the resources acquired will be brought into the company’s portfolio in the 2013-2017 timeframe.
The Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) approved PGE’s renewable resource RFP at a public meeting on Sept. 25, following a process under which the utility circulated a draft to stakeholders and potential bidders and held workshops before submitting it to the OPUC on July 25. Following incorporation of OPUC staff and stakeholder comments, PGE submitted a revised draft of the RFP on Sept. 10.
Independent evaluator Accion Group, Inc., which the OPUC hired, is helping conduct the RFP, as it is doing for other PGE solicitations. Accion will also provide an assessment of the bid scoring and short list selection. The independent evaluator will then issue a closing report with a detailed assessment of the process and its results.
PGE intends to submit a benchmark proposal, which will be due October 30, while bids from outside parties are due Nov. 13.
Sources: American Wind Energy Association, Portland General Electric