First Generation Energy LLC on Sept. 20 petitioned the Georgia Public Service Commission to be placed on the Proxy Qualifying Facility (QF) Waiting List established by the commission in September 2011 in a case involving Georgia Power.
In May 2010, Georgia Power (GPC), a subsidiary of Southern Co. (NYSE: SO), issued a 2015 Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking bids for capacity and energy to fulfill future needs. The commission requires QFs and renewables developers to provide a Notice of Intent (NOI) in order to be considered for the Proxy Price Methodology on or before the RFP bid due date.
Currently, QFs have noticed in 250 MW of capacity for the 2015 RFP, First Generation noted. The commission has granted a number of waivers and extensions in connection with the 2015 RFP. Recently, the commission extended the deadlines for the posting of collateral by the QFs and the commercial operation date.
In a September 2011 order, the commission established a waiting list for parties that were interested in providing capacity for the 2015 RFP but were not currently on the 2015 Proxy QF NOI list. There are currently two companies on this list, First Generation noted; Wiregrass Power (7 MW) and Graphic Packaging (9 MW).
First Generation said that through two subsidiaries it plans to develop renewable energy projects in Georgia. One is located in Augusta and will be developed by Augusta Renewable Power LLC. The other is in Conyers and will be developed by Conyers Renewable Power LLC. These projects will use anaerobic digestion of organic biomass waste materials (primarily food waste and yard waste) to produce “biogas” which can be used, among other things, to produce electricity. Each of these projects will produce about 3.5 MW of capacity which will be available to contract to GPC under the 2015 RFP.
Also, Weyerhaeuser NR Co. (WY) asked the Georgia commission on Sept. 10 that it be put on this same list because it can potentially produce about 15 MW of exportable power. WY owns and operates a bleached southern softwood kraft pulp manufacturing facility in Macon County, Ga.
WY said it is planning to implement an Energy Optimization Project at the mill focused on increasing energy efficiency, improving environmental performance, and increasing the mill’s capability to generate renewable power. The project will make the mill more efficient by decreasing the amount of energy used by the mill in pulp production and increasing the amount of electric energy that would be available to export to the grid. The project could be engineered to result in 15 MW of capacity being available to contract to GPC under the 2015 RFP.