SMUD releases request for offers for carbon offsets

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) released this week a Request for Offers (RFO) for the purchase of qualified carbon offset credits to satisfy SMUD’s compliance obligations.

Proposals are due August 16, 2012.

SMUD has compliance obligations beginning in 2013 under California Cap-and-Trade regulations adopted by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as part of California Assembly Bill 32 of 2006.

SMUD is in the process of finalizing its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) strategy, which includes the timing and quantity of offset credits needed. SMUD anticipates needing up to 200,000 offset credits annually during the first compliance period (2013 – 2014).

The RFO is soliciting offers of carbon offset projects developed in accordance with Climate Action Reserve (CAR) protocols that have qualified with CARB for generating Early Action Credits, as well as the compliance offset protocols approved by CARB. These include ozone depletion substances projects, livestock projects, urban forest projects and U.S. forest projects.

SMUD will hold a bidder’s conference via teleconference on August 2, 2012 at 9 a.m. The bidder’s conference will cover information and answer questions about submitting proposals to this RFO.

Interested parties can download RFO No. 120232.CJB documents from SMUD’s Electronic Bid Solicitation System (EBSS) web page at bids.smud.org. Registration to the EBSS site is required to access the documents.