WP&L issues RFP for 600MW

Wisconsin Power and Light has issued a proposals request for up to 600MW of generation capacity that can be filled all or in part with wind or other renewable power, Scott Reigstad, a utility spokesman, tells Recharge.

Electronic proposals are due by 25 July.

The utility is seeking ownership and/or long-term purchased power agreement (PPA) proposals for new or existing resources, or access to a portion of the output of a system of resources to supply all or a portion of its long-term electric capacity and energy needs.

The company is also considering building or purchasing a power plant, converting a current one, or purchasing power from another source. 

The new capacity, if any proposals are accepted, would be supplied as of 1 January 2019. The utility plans to retire three coal-fired power plants with combined 260MW nameplate capacity and possibly several natural gas peaking facilities.

Reigstad says the utility aims to provide more power from cleaner fuels and to diversify energy sources.

"We believe it is in the best interest of our customers to have flexibility in the power we generate or purchase. To achieve this, we expect natural gas and wind to become a larger part of our energy portfolio," says John Larsen, president of Wisconsin Power and Light.

The utility owns two wind farms with 268MW nameplate capacity and also contracts with outside developers for additional wind power. It serves southern Wisconsin.

It has retained Concentric Energy Advisors, Inc. (Concentric) to manage the RFP process.