Arizona's TEP kicks off RFI for forest biomass energy projects

Forest biomass. Author: Oregon Department of Forestry. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

July 3 (Renewables Now) - Arizona utility Tucson Electric Power (TEP) has initiated a process of gathering information to determine the feasibility of using forest feedstocks as a renewable resource for energy generation in the state.

The company said in a statement it has issued a request for information (RFI) about technologies, costs and environmental benefits, as well as construction and interconnection requirements of forest biomass energy projects. It will coordinate with other Arizona utilities to consider joint opportunities.

The plan is to file a forest biomass proposal with the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) next year. The company looks to deliver at least 30% of its power from renewables by 2030. Last year, it sourced almost 13% of its power from solar, wind and other renewable resources.

The newly-launched RFI process is managed by New Hampshire-based Accion Group.

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