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National Grid issues default service RFP; LIPA rejects bids for NY solar farm

This edition covers news about requests for proposals for the purchase or sale of power through Aug. 14. If you would like to have an RFP listed in this feature, please contact SNL Energy with your information by sending an email to

New RFPs

* The San Diego County Water Authority has issued a request for proposals for a potential joint energy storage project with the city of San Diego at the San Vicente Reservoir. Proposals are due by 2 p.m. PT on Sept. 12 and queries on the RFP may be emailed to the agency until 2 p.m. PT on Aug. 29.

* Massachusetts Electric Co. and Nantucket Electric Co., both doing business as National Grid, issued a request for power supply proposals for default service in Massachusetts. Interested bidders should submit their background and financial information by 5 p.m. ET on Aug. 25. National Grid USA is a subsidiary of National Grid plc.


* More submissions to the Massachusetts request for proposals for hydroelectric power and renewable generation have been revealed, including a more than 300-mile power line that will connect northern Maine to Boston. The proposals are in response to Massachusetts' solicitation for 1,200 MW, at no more than 9.45 million MWh per year, of hydroelectric power imports and new Class I renewables, either standalone sources or backed up by hydro. Winning bids for contracts for up to 20 years will be selected by Jan. 25, 2018.

* The Long Island Power Authority rejected proposals to build what would have been New York's largest solar farm, an expansion of the state's first offshore wind project and an undersea transmission cable to import out-of-state renewable energy. LIPA instead approved nearly 120 MW of distributed solar and fuel cell projects.

Looking forward

* Portland General Electric Co. is considering issuing a request for proposals if the Oregon Public Utility Commission approves its 2016 integrated resource plan. "Since issuing the [plan], we have identified potential benchmark wind resources that could have a nameplate capacity of up to approximately 500 MW that would qualify for production tax credits," outgoing PGE CEO Jim Piro told analysts.

* Dominion Energy Inc. is looking for potential market participants who could provide renewable generation purchase options to the company. The company issued a request for information, indicating that it will prioritize renewable energy resources located in Virginia but will also consider projects elsewhere within the PJM regional transmission organization.