SDG&E, LADWP seek more renewable energy

SAN DIEGO and LOS ANGELES, July 2, 2004 — San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has issued a request for offers (RFO) and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for renewable energy projects to increase their growing portfolios of energy derived from renewable resources.

SDG&E is attempting to exceed the state’s target of supplying 20 percent of its customers’ energy from renewable resources by 2010, rather than by 2017. Currently, SDG&E has contracts to supply approximately 6 percent by 2010.

SDG&E’s RFO, which calls for potential suppliers to submit their proposals by Aug. 12, 2004, asks bidders to detail how much power they will be able to provide, when and for how many years. Potential bidders are offered several options, including selling power directly to SDG&E, with or without a buyout option; and building a complete renewables generation plant for sale to SDG&E.

Suppliers have the option of bidding to supply their resources beginning in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, or 2010.

SDG&E will give preference to energy generated within its service territory, but the RFO also makes provisions for purchase of renewable energy from elsewhere for delivery to San Diego over transmission lines.

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LADWP is seeking to acquire up to 1,320,000 megawatt-hours per year of renewable energy by the end of 2010.

Under the direction of Mayor Jim Hahn, the City Council and the Board of Water and Power Commissions, LADWP is developing a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to increase its share of power generation through renewable energy sources — such as solar, wind, geothermal and biomass — to 13 percent of its energy by 2010 and 20 percent by 2017.

As described in the RFP, the department plans to acquire new renewable energy resources through development and ownership of projects, and through mid- to long-term power purchase agreements. LADWP expects to meet the RPS goals through multiple projects over the next several years.

“The renewable energy RFP is a broad-based solicitation for hydro, wind, biomass, solar, geothermal and other renewable energy projects,” said Frank Salas, acting general manager. “We are seeking to attract high-quality proposals that will lay the foundation for expanding our capabilities to provide clean, sustainable, and cost-effective power for years to come.”

LADWP will conduct a pre-proposal conference for the renewable energy RFP on July 13, at 1 p.m. at its John Ferraro Building headquarters, A-Level Auditorium, 111 N. Hope St., Los Angeles. Proposals are due August 13. The RFP can be downloaded from the LADWP website at


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