Snohomish County Public Utility District is seeking proposals for renewable energy projects to meet continued customer growth throughout its service area. The PUD is interested in purchasing up to approximately 100 average megawatts from renewable resources. The utility requests proposals for a variety of clean energy sources – including, but not limited to, wind, tidal, solar, biomass, landfill gas, and geothermal – with a minimum size of 5 megawatts. The PUD expects it will need to add energy resources to its portfolio in the 2008-2012 timeframe.
The utility is committed to addressing customer growth through cost-effective conservation and a diverse mix of renewable technologies. It also must meet new requirements under Initiative 937, which mandates that all large utilities in the state cover 15 percent of their energy load with eligible renewable resources by 2020. Additionally, the utility has become one of the first utilities in the country to adopt an official climate change policy. This policy directs the utility to provide electric, water, and associated services in an environmentally responsible way.
In assessing project proposals, the PUD will give preference to the most economical and reliable renewable resources, which fulfill several criteria: compatibility with resource needs, cost, risk management, public benefits, and strategic and financial considerations.
A pre-bid conference will be held August 8, 2007 at the Sea-Tac Conference Center. Proposals are due on October 1, 2007. For additional information about proposals and/or a copy of the PUD’s Renewable Energy Request for Proposals document, call Principal Utility Analyst Jeff Deren at 425-783-8371 or visit the PUD website at www.snopud.com (see Energy Resources section).