WREZ consultants for renewable outreach sought

The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the latest stage of a multi-pronged effort to develop and integrate renewable resources in the Western Interconnection.

The Vermont-based consultancy is seeking consulting services to “identify, document, and convey information on dynamic transfer of generation from one Balancing Authority Area to another in the Western Interconnection, conducting outreach to explain dynamic transfers to key stakeholders in the West.”

The RFP was announced Nov. 9. The proposal due date is Dec. 3.

Western Governors’ Association (WGA’s) Western Renewable Energy Zones (WREZ) initiative aims to develop areas with abundant, high-quality renewable resources in the Western Interconnection and establish an efficient network of interstate transmission lines to deliver the energy to load centers.

Phase 3 of the WREZ initiative explores possible coordination among utilities to procure resources and build transmission to support development of WREZ hubs.

A WGA report issued in March 2012 for the WREZ initiative points toward the importance of dynamic scheduling, among other measures, for meeting state renewable energy standards.

The June 10, 2012, WGA report, Meeting Renewable Energy Targets in the West at Least Cost: The Integration Challenge, explained how dynamic transfers to deliver electricity from one Balancing Authority Area to another can reduce the cost of integrating variable energy resources.

The work is funded through a contract with the WGA and US Department of Energy.