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Pacific Gas & Electric seeks up to 1,200 MW, including renewables

Pacific Gas &Electric Co. seeks proposals for 800 to 1,200 MW of new all-source generating capacity, including renewables such as hydropower and ocean energy.

A pre-bid conference is planned April 21, with notices of intent to bid due April 25. Bids are due July 21.

PG&E said it prefers dispatchable, operationally flexible resources that can be on line by May 2015. It said the solicitation is open to renewable resources, repowered and new conventional generation, and distributed generation. Also eligible are qualifying facilities, those renewables and cogeneration projects meeting the requirements of the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act.

For purposes of the all-source solicitation, PG&E said renewable resources may include ocean wave, tidal current, and hydro facilities of less than 30 MW. The minimum offer from each facility is 25 MW.

The utility said bidders may propose power purchase agreements from generation sources owned and operated by developers and new generating facilities constructed for utility ownership.

PG&E said the all-source solicitation is part of a broad strategy intended to comply with a state energy plan. In a separate solicitation, PG&E seeks proposals by May 12 to supply power from renewable energy sources, including some hydro and ocean energy, to fulfill its obligation under California's Renewables Portfolio Standard. (HNN 3/10/08)

Copies of the all-source solicitation protocol and related information are available on PG&E's Internet site, www.pge.com/rfo.

Parties planning to attend the April 21 pre-bid conference, at PG&E headquarters in San Francisco, should notify PG&E by April 17, registering attendee and company names by e-mail to ltrfo@exchange.pge.com.

Non-binding notices of intent to bid are due April 25. Bids are due July 21 to Pacific Gas &Electric Co., All Source Long Term RFO, Energy Procurement/Energy Supply, 245 Market St., Mail Code N13C, San Francisco, CA 94105. PG&E expects to select a short list of proposals Oct. 20.

PG&E discourages bidders from speaking directly with its employees about the solicitation. The utility said it prefers that all communications be submitted by e-mail to ltrfo@exchange.pge.com.

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