Progress Energy Florida seeks renewables

Progress Energy Florida has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for renewable energy generation that would be in service by June 1, 2018.

The utility says this is an open request to continuously solicit renewable resources. The RFP sets no deadline.

The utility says it is seeking to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels, but projects must be cost-effective while avoiding the need to construct other new power plants.

“The project must utilize as its primary energy one or more of the following sources: hydrogen produced from sources other than fossil fuels, biomass, solar energy, geothermal energy, wind energy, ocean energy, hydroelectric power or waste heat from a commercial or industrial manufacturing process,” the document says.

Preference will be given to projects 1 MW or larger. The projects must be in Florida and able to sell their electrical output to Progress Energy Florida at a cost equal to or below the cost to build new generation. Progress says it is trying to achieve a diverse energy supply portfolio and claims it “leads the state’s utilities in using cost-effective, environmentally sensitive renewable energy sources within Florida.”

Progress serves 1.5 million customers in central and northern Florida. Progress Energy Florida is a subsidiary Progress Energy, of the newly merged utility giant Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK).