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Capacity buyers sought for 400-MW line; Court lifts hold on Conn. renewables RFP

This edition covers news about requests for proposals for the purchase or sale of power through Dec. 15. If you would like to have an RFP listed in this feature, please contact SNL Energy with your information by sending an email to energynews@snl.com.

New RFPs

* Anbaric Holding and National Grid USA are soliciting transmission capacity buyers for the 400-MW Vermont Green Line project after a joint bid by National Grid, Hydro-Québec and Invenergy LLC failed to be selected in a three-state clean energy request for proposals. Solicitation responses are due Feb. 1, 2017. National Grid USA is a subsidiary of National Grid plc.

* American Electric Power Co. Inc. subsidiary Public Service Co. of Oklahoma issued a request for proposals for economical capacity and energy to supply the long-term needs of its customers. The proposals are due Feb. 24, 2017.

* Hydro-Québec Distribution, the transmission arm of the province-owned utility Hydro-Québec, is requesting proposals for residual forest biomass cogeneration in the Obedjiwan community. Interested parties must submit their bids by 5 p.m. Montreal time on May 17, 2017.

Update

* A federal appeals court has lifted an injunction against Connecticut's participation in a three-state renewable mandate for distribution utilities. In a Dec. 12 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd District threw out the temporary hold preventing Connecticut regulators from approving contracts pursuant to a request for proposals for renewables issued in 2015 for Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Deadlines

* Narragansett Electric Co., doing business as National Grid, on Dec. 9 issued a request for power supply proposals for standard offer service in Rhode Island. Under a three-step procurement process, interested bidders are first required to submit their background and financial information by 5 p.m. ET on Dec. 23.

* Bidders for Massachusetts Electric Co. and Nantucket Electric Co.'s RFP for default service in Massachusetts were required to submit their background and financial information on Nov. 23. Qualified bidders were required to provide indicative pricing by 10 a.m. ET on Dec. 7 and final pricing by 10 a.m. ET on Dec. 14.

Award

* Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection determined that 25 small-scale renewable and energy efficiency projects can begin to negotiate contracts with the state's two electric distribution companies, Eversource Energy and United Illuminating Co.

Looking forward

* Five Exelon Corp. utilities are issuing a nonbinding request for information from power producers with winter resources in preparation for a request for proposals for unforced capacity of up to 1,600 MW, according to a Dec. 5 news release.

* Portland General Electric Co. expects to need to add 135 average MW of energy efficiency, 77 aMW of peak-time demand response and 175 aMW of renewable energy by 2020, according to its 2016 Integrated Resource Plan filed with the Oregon Public Utility Commission. The utility said it will seek to issue one or more requests for proposals for these resources.