Responding to a requirement from the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, NV Energy has announced that it is seeking proposals to secure 25 MW of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-defined “qualifying facility” resources in southern Nevada and 25 MW of such qualifying facilities in northern Nevada.
Qualifying facilities are defined as generating resources that align with the provisions of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) of 1978, which was passed to encourage the conservation of electric energy, to increase efficiency in the use of facilities and resources by electric utilities, and to provide equitable retail rates for electric consumers. Under PURPA, qualifying generating resources are generating facilities of 80 MW or less that either use renewable resources as the primary energy source or facilities that sequentially produce electricity and another form of useful thermal energy such as heat or steam.
Bids under this request for proposals (RFP) are due July 6, and it is anticipated that the commercial operation date of the winning bids will be Dec. 31, 2020, or earlier. More information on the RFP is available here.