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DOE seeks coal plant designs; Georgia Power soliciting 540 MW of renewables

This edition covers news about requests for proposals for the purchase or sale of power through Dec. 20. 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

* The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking conceptual designs for "coal-based power plants of the future" through a request for proposal supporting an initiative to develop smaller, more flexible coal plants capable of competing with other fuels.

* Georgia Power Co. has issued a request for proposals for 540 MW of renewables projects under the state-approved Renewable Energy Development Initiative. Proposals are allowed to include energy storage in addition to the renewable energy resource.

* Public Service Co. of New Mexico issued a request for proposals through Feb. 1, 2019, for a 50-MW solar facility in connection with its solar direct program. The project will add to 874 MW of renewable energy already planned to serve PNM customers in 2021.

* The Virginia Municipal Electric Association No 1 issued a request for proposals for battery energy storage systems in varying sizes of 2 MW to 12 MW, with one- or two-hour durations. The project will be located "behind‐the‐meter" at a VMEA member's utility substation and must start operation by Jan. 1, 2020.

Update

* Renewable developers submitted 41 bids with a total capacity of nearly 2,500 MW in response to Rhode Island's solicitation for 400 MW of new renewable energy. Gov. Gina Raimondo's administration on Nov. 13 announced the submissions to its clean energy request for proposals, or RFP, which was issued in September by Rhode Island's largest electric distribution utility National Grid USA, operating locally as Narragansett Electric Co.

* Alberta's government gave the go-ahead to five wind generation projects with a combined capacity of about 760 MW. The government estimates the projects will pump about C$1.2 billion into Alberta's economy.

* Officials in Denton, Texas, approved two 15-year power purchase agreements for portions of two planned solar projects, a sign that a struggling coal-fired power plant could close for good, an environmental group said.

Deadline

* Blue Ridge Power Agency issued a request for proposals for energy products on behalf of two of its members, the city of Martinsville, Va., and the town of Richlands, Va. Proposals were due on Dec. 19.

Award

* New York state regulators have approved the construction and operation of the proposed 126-MW Cassadaga Wind Farm in Chautauqua County, N.Y., by German developer Innogy SE.

Looking forward

* Despite protests from New England's largest utility, Connecticut regulators have determined Dominion Energy Inc.'s Millstone nuclear power plant can be allowed to compete as an "existing resource at risk of retirement" against more than 100 other bids vying for a state-issued "zero carbon" power supply contract. The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection designed the request for proposals, or RFP, to favor "existing resources confirmed at risk" beginning June 1, 2022.