NV Energy seeks 54 MW of gas-fired planning capacity

NV Energy said March 27 that it is seeking proposals to procure at least 54 MW of company-owned gas-fired capacity in Nevada to help compensate for coal unit retirements.

The company is seeking proposals for a 54-MW to 68-MW gas-fired unit that would be located on a site selected by the company. The generation would enter commercial operation no later than May 2018, according to the request for proposals (RFP).

Bids will be due May 29. The company will hold a bidders conference and webinar at 9:30 a.m. (PPT) on Monday, April 13. Registration and attendance details can be found on the company’s website.

The bidder conference will be held at NV Energy’s headquarters in Las Vegas, on April 13, 2015. Bidders may also participate in the bidder conference by video conference at NV Energy’s Reno office or via webinar.

In addition, NV Energy is also seeking a build-transfer option for a 140-MW single axis tracking solar photovoltaic (PV) facility at a location provided by the bidder; as well as alternative proposals that would allow the company to acquire or partner to construct a renewable energy resource that would satisfy the remaining 54 MW of planning capacity.

NV Energy’s Emissions Reduction and Capacity Replacement plan calls for retiring 812 MW of coal-fired generation by 2019.

The RFP process follows through on Senate Bill 123, which was passed by the Nevada Legislature in 2013. The bill called for the reduction of emissions from coal plants and the replacement of the capacity from renewable energy facilities and other electric generating units.

NV Energy and its regulated utilities are now part of Berkshire Hathaway Energy and its corporate parent, Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A; BRK.B).

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