NV Energy seeking earlier than expected bids on 100 MW of renewables

NV Energy is seeking proposals on an additional 100 MW of renewable energy resources for Southern Nevada customers as part of its 2015 Request for Proposals (RFP) for renewable energy resources.

The 2015 RFP will be combined with the previously issued 2014 renewable energy RFP for a total of up to 200 MW of new renewable energy resources, the company said on Jan. 26.

The company had issued a 100-MW Renewable Energy RFP in October 2014, with plans to issue an additional 100-MW RFP in late 2015. However, in response to comments raised by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada and interested stakeholders regarding the ability to develop additional renewable energy resources prior to the expiration of certain federal energy tax credits and other public-interest benefits, the commission recently issued an order that requested NV Energy to accelerate issuance of the 2015 RFP and combine it with the previously-issued 2014 RFP for evaluation and negotiations with winning bidders. Bidders in the original 2014 RFP will be provided an opportunity to refresh their original proposals.

To provide additional detail about the combined evaluation process for the 2014 and 2015 RFPs, and to answer questions from potential bidders, NV Energy is holding a Bidders Conference Webinar at 9:30 a.m. (PPT) on Feb. 3. The last day bids can be revised or submitted is Feb. 16 and the company anticipates finalizing a short list for each of the 2014 and 2015 RFPs by April 16. 

Merrimack Energy Group will continue to serve as the independent evaluator for the RFPs, and PowerAdvocate will provide the response platform and related technology for the RFP process.

NV Energy requests that all parties interested in becoming a bidder for the 2015 RFP should complete and submit a Bidder’s Registration and Contact Information Form that can be found on the company’s website – NV Energy Renewable Energy Request For Proposals.

Currently, NV Energy customers receive renewable energy from 20 geothermal energy plants, nine solar energy projects, six hydro facilities, a large wind farm and a variety of biomass, methane and waste-heat recovery projects. 

NV Energy provides a wide range of energy services to 1.3 million customers throughout Nevada and nearly 40 million tourists annually. NV Energy is a holding company whose principal subsidiaries, Nevada Power and Sierra Pacific Power, do business as NV Energy.

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