East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking partners to provide up to 300 MW of renewable energy resources. Proposed resources can include – but are not limited to – solar, wind, biomass, hydro, geothermal or recycled energy.
‘As East Kentucky Power Cooperative plans to meet our members' growing demand for energy, we want to continue diversifying our generation portfolio with proven renewable resources,’ says James Lamb, the cooperative's senior vice president of power supply. ‘Our cooperative is looking for sources of renewable power that really work for Kentucky's homes, farms and businesses.’
The RFP is one of several ongoing initiatives EKPC has implemented to diversify its generation portfolio and boost renewables. ï� Since 2003, EKPC has generated more green energy than any other Kentucky utility – including a pilot solar program with member cooperative Fleming-Mason Energy.
Through the RFP process, EKPC seeks long-term contracts to purchase power from companies that own, propose to develop or have rights to a renewable energy generating facility larger than 1 MW. EKPC is open to receiving energy from respondents as early as December 2008. As the utility assesses responses to the RFP, preference may be given to proposals for resources based in Kentucky, particularly in areas served by EKPC's 16 member distribution cooperatives. The minimum duration of proposed contracts is five years, but could extend to the life of the facility.
To view a copy of the RFP online, go to www.ekpcrfp.com.