Alabama PowerCo. on Sept. 27 issued a requestfor proposals for renewable energy resources.
The SouthernCo. subsidiary is seeking "turnkey" proposals forfacilities the utility would own, as well as power purchase contracts withterms of 10 or 25 years, according to a news release. Eligible projects includesolar, wind, geothermal, tidal, "low-impact" hydro and biomass. Alsoeligible for consideration are projects involving gas derived from sewagetreatment processes, solid municipal waste or landfills, and combined heat andpower projects.
The RFP falls under an authorization granted by the AlabamaPublic Service Commission inSeptember 2015 for Alabama Power to develop or buy up to 500 MW ofrenewable generation. The utilitymade the request with the aim of being able to act more quickly totake advantage of federal tax incentives and market conditions to makerenewable deals.
In November 2015, stateregulators approved Alabama Power to proceed with the developmentof a 10.6-MW solar facility at the U.S. Army's Fort Rucker base, and a 10.6-MW solar projectat the Anniston Army Depot.The utility also earned approvalin June for a deal to supply Wal-Mart with power from a 72-MW solarfacility in the eastern part of the state known as the project.
The deadline for notices of intent to bid is 7 p.m. ET onOct. 14, and completed bids are due by 7 p.m. ET on Nov. 15.