Distributed Energy Resources

SRP seeking information on projects for up to 500 MW of wind power

Arizona public power utility Salt River Project (SRP) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for up to 500 megawatts (MW) of wind energy. The RFI is seeking responses from experienced wind project developers that can provide wind energy supply from new or existing wind projects.

Information from the RFI will be used to develop SRP’s future energy procurement options to help grow its renewable energy portfolio and manage long-term procurement cost.

SRP has energy assets in coal, hydroelectric, natural gas, and renewable resources including solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal. Energy generation from a diverse fuel mix allows the utility to consistently serve the energy needs of its customers, SRP noted.

SRP plans to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by more than 60 percent by 2035, and by 90 percent by 2050, compared to 2005 levels. As part of this, the utility is on track to acquire 1,000 MW of new utility-scale solar energy by 2025.

SRP does not have a specific preference on commercial operation date or specific project location preferences. The utility is seeking projects that can be delivered to the SRP transmission system, and all projects that help SRP achieve its carbon-intensity reduction and cost-reduction goals will be considered.

A contract will not be entered into as a direct result of this RFI process; however, SRP may use the acquired information to develop a future Request for Proposal.

Respondents to the wind energy RFI are asked to provide information of interest as detailed here: srpnet.com/WindRFI.

RFI responses must be submitted to SRP by July 31, 2020.