FirstEnergy Corp. has announced a request for proposals (RFP) to purchase both Ohio-compliant solar renewable energy credits (SRECs) and renewable energy credits (RECs) for its Ohio utilities: Ohio Edison, Cleveland Electric Illuminating and Toledo Edison. The purchases will help meet the companies’ 2017 renewable energy targets established under Ohio’s alternative energy law.
SRECs and RECs sought in this RFP must be able to be utilized by the companies for compliance with its 2017 renewable energy obligations in accordance with rules and procedures put forth by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), be deliverable through PJM-EIS GATS, and generated between Jan. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2017. The following amounts are being sought: 9,200 SRECs and 320,000 RECs.
As FirstEnergy explains, one SREC represents the environmental attributes of 1 MWh of generation from a solar renewable generating facility qualified by the PUCO. Similarly, one REC represents the environmental attributes of 1 MWh of generation from a PUCO-qualified renewable generating facility. The cost of the RECs is recovered from utility customers through a monthly charge filed quarterly with the PUCO.
No energy or capacity will be purchased under the RFP. The number of individual bidders is not limited. Participants in the RFP must meet and maintain specific credit and security qualifications and must be able to prove their SREC or REC generating facilities are certified or in the process of becoming certified by the PUCO.
The RFP is a competitive process managed by Navigant Consulting Inc., an independent evaluator and a global consulting firm. Based on the RFP results, the Ohio utilities will enter into agreement(s) with winning suppliers to purchase the necessary quantities of RECs and SRECs.
The FirstEnergy Ohio utilities have established a website to provide bidders with a central source of documents, data and other information for the RFP process here.