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Maryland utilities seek power supply, Alabama Power eyes more renewable capacity

This edition covers news about requests for proposals for the purchase or sale of power through Oct. 12. If you would like to have an RFP listed in this feature, please contact S&P Global Market Intelligence with your information by sending an email to energynews@snl.com.

New RFPs

* Four Maryland utilities together issued a request for proposals for 4,108 MW of wholesale power supply to meet their state standard-offer service requirements.

* Southern Co. subsidiary Alabama Power Co. is seeking proposals for capacity and renewable resources to meet future energy and reliability needs. Bids are due by 6 p.m. CT on Oct. 26 for renewable resources and by 5 p.m. CT on Nov. 9 for firm capacity.

* FirstEnergy Corp.'s Ohio utilities issued a request for proposals to purchase 10,500 solar renewable energy credits and 376,500 renewable energy credits. Interested bidders can submit credit applications by Oct. 30. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. ET on Nov. 6.

* PowerSouth Energy Cooperative has issued a request for proposals seeking information and proposed pricing for 25 MW to 80 MW of delivered solar energy and associated environmental attributes. Proposals are due by Nov. 16.

* Alberta issued a request for proposals seeking enough solar-generated power to provide about 55% of the government's needs for the next two decades. The government intends to purchase 135,000 MWh of solar electricity annually over the next 20 years.

Updates

* PG&E Corp. subsidiary Pacific Gas and Electric Co. can move ahead with its plan to purchase 165 MW of grid-scale and behind-the-meter battery storage from four developers after the California Public Utilities Commission approved six contracts Oct. 11 as part of the state's energy storage expansion. The projects result from a 2016 request for proposals.

* AEP Ohio, legally known as Ohio Power Co., unveiled plans to purchase 400 MW of renewable energy from two new planned solar facilities to be built in Ohio's Appalachian region in Highland County. The American Electric Power Co. Inc. subsidiary secured separate power purchase agreements after a competitive procurement process.

* Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. utilities are negotiating power purchase contracts for approximately 260 MW of solar generation on Oahu, Maui and the island of Hawaii. The projects result from an expedited procurement effort of Hawaiian Electric Co. Inc., Maui Electric Co. Ltd. and Hawaii Electric Light Co. Inc. that began in February.

Awards

* Dominion Energy Inc. won a $142 million contract to buy and operate the electric utility system for the U.S. Army's Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

* The state of Victoria, Australia, announced the results of its first renewable energy auction on Sept. 11, contracting 928 MW through the tender, nearly 45% more power than originally anticipated. Among the auction winners are Canadian Solar Inc. and Enel Green Power subsidiary Enel Green Power Australia.

Looking forward

* The U.K.'s Office of Gas and Electricity Markets plans to open a tender for electric transmission lines that will connect three under-construction offshore wind facilities to the grid.