DTE seeks wind projects in Michigan

DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) as part of its plan to add Michigan-based renewable power to its energy portfolio over the next two years.

DTE Energy, whose subsidiary is Detroit Edison, is seeking approximately 100 MW of renewable energy from Michigan-based wind projects that will be operating by the end of 2013.  This solicitation is part of DTE Energy’s plan to meet Michigan’s renewable energy goals. Detroit Edison’s capacity portfolio requirement for 2013 is 300 MW, and the company expects to exceed that with total renewable capacity of 397 MW.

To meet the state’s renewable energy goals, DTE Energy expects to add about 1,000 MW, or 10% of its power, from renewable resources by 2015.  The company plans to own facilities to supply up to half of that power and contract with third-party producers for the rest.   

The majority of the company’s renewable energy will come from wind resources, but it also has a solar energy pilot program that could produce approximately 20 MW. The utility’s renewable energy capacity under contract is about 7% of total generation.

Potential bidders can view the requirements of the RFP at www.dteenergy.com/renewsuppliers. The RFP outlines the minimum qualifications for participation in this RFP.

Respondents must complete and submit a “Request for Bid Platform Access” in order to receive an invitation to bid and be granted access to the bid platform. The Request for Bid Platform Access is due by noon EDT on May 10. Respondents that plan to submit a proposal then must submit a completed notice-of-intent-to-bid form and executed confidentiality agreement by noon EDT on May 24. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on June 7.