Utility Soliciting Renewable Energy Supply

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has issued a competitive solicitation seeking the supply of renewable-energy resources to help the utility meet California's mandate to derive 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources starting in 2010.

‘For this year's solicitation, SDG&E seeks both long-term and short-term contracts that will build on our existing clean, 'green' energy resources and will aid us in our effort to secure 20 percent of our energy from renewables by 2010,’ comments Matt Burkhart, vice president, electric and gas procurement, for SDG&E.

Through the bidding process, SDG&E is seeking energy that comes from solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and any other clean, renewable resource that qualifies under the state's renewable portfolio standard program. The plants that produce the power can be inside or outside the SDG&E service territory. Bids are due April 30, 2008.

The evaluation and selection of offers includes active participation by SDG&E's Procurement Review Group, comprised of California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) staff, consumer advocates and other non-market participants, as well as an independent evaluator. These entities are involved at all stages of the process, including the preparation of the bid, bid evaluation and determination of the final ‘short list’ of bidders. Once the evaluation process is completed, all proposed contracts are subject to CPUC review and approval.

More information is available at www.sdge.com/renewablerfo2008.

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