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Avista Utilities issues RFP for renewable projects, including biomass

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Avista Utilities, a Washington, US-based energy utility firm, is seeking proposals from renewable energy project developers who are capable of constructing, owning, and operating up to 120 average megawatts (aMW), whether through one or multiple proposals with a minimum net annual output of 20 aMW.

Through a request for proposal (RFP), Avista intends to secure the output from renewable generation sources, including electricity, capacity and associated environmental attributes. The company’s interest in acquiring new renewable energy resources, including biomass, is to offset market purchases and fossil-fuel thermal generation.

“This renewable energy resource RFP reinforces the goal we established last year to serve our customers with 100% clean electricity by 2045 and 100% carbon neutral resources by 2027,” said Avista’s senior vice-president of energy resources, Jason Thackston.

The RFP is open to parties who currently own, propose to develop, or hold rights to new renewable resource generating facilities. Avista may engage a third-party consultant “to gain an outside perspective” as it relates to the RFP, the company said in a statement. It will also not accept proposals for renewable energy certificates only and is not considering a self-build option.

Proposals must satisfy the requirements of the RFP, including that any renewable generating source submitting for consideration in the RFP must be a new eligible renewable resource or non-emitting electric generation as defined by RCW 19.405.020, including wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, hydroelectric and other eligible renewable resources.

RFP responses are due by 22 July. Details can be found at www.myavista.com/renewablesrfp