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Utility Seeks Bids for Alternative Energy Projects in Utah

Fri June 01, 2018 - National Edition
The Associated Press


Rocky Mountain Power said the projects are in response to a broad demand from residential and business customers for electricity from renewable sources.
Rocky Mountain Power said the projects are in response to a broad demand from residential and business customers for electricity from renewable sources.

SALT LAKE CITY — A utility company is seeking proposals for the construction of new alternative energy projects in Utah.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Rocky Mountain Power said May 29, it is looking for bids for projects generating a total of 308,000 megawatt hours of power — enough for about 34,000 average homes in Utah — drawing on solar, wind and geothermal energy.

Rocky Mountain Power said the projects are in response to a broad demand from residential and business customers for electricity from renewable sources.

Customers sponsoring the request for proposal include Park City, Salt Lake City, Summit County, Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort and Utah Valley University, which are all working with Rocky Mountain Power to meet its clean air and sustainability goals through renewable energy.

“Rocky Mountain Power has a successful history of partnering with our customers and communities,” said Cindy Crane, CEO of Rocky Mountain Power. “We are continuing that tradition by bringing new renewable energy to our customers that have aggressive renewable and sustainability goals, while still providing affordable, reliable electricity to all of our customers.”

The company is seeking proposals for 308,000 megawatt hours of power generation, which equates to approximately 40 MW of geothermal capacity or approximately 100 to 126 MW of wind or solar capacity. This is enough electricity to power about 34,000 typical homes in Utah.

This RFP also seeks renewable projects to meet the demand of the next offering of Subscriber Renewables — building off of the success of the initial Subscriber Solar program, which has been fully subscribed and has a long waiting list of customers ready for more power to be available. Subscriber Renewables will allow enrolling Rocky Mountain Power customers to get some or all of their energy from renewable sources.

Any projects submitted to Rocky Mountain Power would require approval from the state Public Service Commission.

Utility spokesman Spencer Hall said the utility expects to award bids by the end of 2018, with hopes of completing construction and bringing new energy sources to customers by the first part of 2020.