Arizona utility seeks bioenergy projects

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May 9 (Renewables Now) - Arizona Public Service Co (APS) has issued a request for proposals (RfP), looking for bioenergy projects based on forest biomass.  

The company, which serves about 2.7 million people in Arizona, said this week it is seeking proposals for projects that use biomass feedstocks from high-risk forest lands in northern Arizona to provide capacity and energy, pipeline quality biogas, or other suitable products. The projects should start delivery no earlier than 2020.

The RfP process will be supervised by a third-party independent monitor, APS noted.

Arizona's proposed Energy Modernization Plan would set a goal for the state to generate 80% of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2050. It also seeks to promote healthy forests by expanding biomass electricity generation.

To clear overgrown forests, utilities would be required to together procure 60 MW of their electricity from biomass generators. The 60 MW of capacity should be in-service by the end of 2021.  

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