LIPA Issues RFPs For Renewable Energy, Distributed Generation Resources


The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), a nonprofit municipal electric provider, has issued two separate requests for proposals (RFPs): one for variable-sized renewable energy projects and the other for the replacement of Long Island's fleet of peaking generation facilities with newer, cleaner distributed resources.

According to LIPA, both RFPs are part of a comprehensive long-term energy strategy approved by its board of trustees in October 2012.

For the renewable energy project RFP, LIPA has issued a competitive procurement for new, on-island, renewable capacity and energy, such as solar, offshore wind and fuel cells, for up to 280 MW of capacity by 2018.

The other RFP is seeking as much as 1,630 MW in the form of new peaking or distributed generation, energy storage and demand response resources to replace current peaking generation by 2019 or earlier, if possible.

LIPA says the long-range plan adopted by its trustees is expected to increase renewable energy projects and energy efficiency to a total of more than 1,000 MW by 2022, making non-fossil energy a material component of the Long Island electric resource profile.

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