Clean Power Alliance launches RfO for more renewables, storage
Power transmission line in California. Author: Keoni Cabral. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.
Clean Power Alliance (CPA) on Thursday announced a request for offers (RfO) as part of which it seeks to add more renewables and storage capacity to its portfolio.
The California-focused electricity provider will solicit offers for long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) for capacities coming online no later than end-2025. It noted that projects that can reach commercial operation before the end of 2023 are preferred.
Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)-eligible projects and RPS-plus-storage projects of between 5 MW and 300 MW in size can submit offers in the “Renewable Energy Contract” category. For stand-alone storage there is a separate category, the projects in which need to be of between 5 MW and 100 MW.
The eligible storage durations for projects that include a storage component start at 4 hours, but CPA’s Director of Power Planning and Procurement, Natasha Keefer, said the company would be especially interested in long-duration storage projects. These can offer up to 12 hours.
“The urgency to address extreme climate change events this year has deepened our commitment to quickly transition to carbon-free, renewable resources,” said Keefer.
The Clean Energy 2020 Request for Offers process is being administered by Ascend Analytics. A bidder webinar is planned for October 28.