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LIPA issues requests for proposals for renewable energy and distributed generation resources

From the October 23, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published October 23, 2013

The Long Island Power Authority issued two requests for proposals Oct. 18, one for variable-sized renewable energy projects and the other to begin replacement of Long Island's fleet of peaking generation facilities with newer, cleaner distributed resources. The island’s peakers were installed as early as the 1960s and are nearing retirement, the utility said. Both RFPs are part of a comprehensive long-term energy strategy approved by the LIPA board of trustees in October 2012.

The RFP for generation, storage, and demand response resources will seek to replace current peaking generation with a variety of more efficient resources to be in service by 2019 or earlier if possible. The utility specifically asked for proposals for as much as 1,630 MW in the form of new peaking or distributed generation, energy storage and demand response resources. The new resources are intended to replace approximately 1,000 MW of 1960s and 1970s vintage peaking units currently under contract to LIPA. The other RFP is competitive procurement for up to 280 MW of new, on-island, renewable capacity and energy such as solar, offshore wind, and fuel cells for up to 280 MW of capacity by 2018.

"These RFPs are part of a balanced and progressive energy strategy for Long Island," said LIPA Chief Operating Officer John McMahon. "These RFPs are intended to have resources added to the LIPA system that are smaller in size and strategically located to provide the greatest overall value to our customers." 

The long-range plan adopted by its board is expected to increase renewable energy projects and energy efficiency to a total of more than 1,000 MW by 2022, making non-fossil energy a material component of the Long Island electric resource profile, LIPA said. 



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