Minnesota Power issuing RFPs for wind, solar and demand response
Written By: Stratton Report
July 27, 2016
On July 27, Minnesota Power announced the first in a series of RFPs for renewables and demand-side management.
The utility is seeking power supply proposals for up to 300 megawatts of wind generation beyond the 625 megawatts of wind it has on its system. The company seeks to purchase low-cost renewable energy that fully maximizes the benefits of the extended Federal PTC for wind projects on behalf of its customers.
The RFP is part of the company’s EnergyForward strategy. EnergyForward calls for a diversified power supply to meet customers’ needs reliably and cost effectively in an environmentally responsible manner.
Per the utility, in June the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission asked the company to consider additional wind, solar and demand-side management alternatives as part of its ongoing resource evaluation process.
This wind power would be purchased under a long-term power purchase agreement subject to regulatory approvals. Proposals are due by Sept. 7, 2016.
Over the next several weeks, Minnesota Power also will issue an RFP for up to 300 MW of utility scale solar generation that qualifies under Minnesota’s Solar Energy Standard. In addition an RFP will be issued for demand response and customer self-generation proposals. Minnesota Power will be seeking customer and utility scale demand response and onsite generation resources to be considered for optimizing within its power supply portfolio.