Renewable Energy World Editors, Hydroworld.com
Alabama Power said last week that the utility is seeking proposals to meet future energy and reliability needs, including proposals for potential renewable energy projects.
The company issued two requests for proposals (RFPs). One is for a broad range of possible generation projects to meet future capacity and reliability needs. A second request is for renewable energy resources.
The renewable resources RFP allows a variety of different technologies to be submitted, including solar, wind, geothermal, tidal or ocean current, low-impact hydro and biomass, among others. Projects involving gas derived from sewage treatment processes, solid municipal waste or landfills, and combined heat and power projects also will be considered. The proposals can be energy-purchase contracts with terms of 10 or 25 years or turnkey projects and must be between 5 MW and 80 MW of capacity.
Under the current order from the Alabama PSC related to renewables, Alabama Power has the ability to secure up to 160 MW of renewable energy capacity per year. The number of projects is flexible but they must be presented to and approved by the PSC.