Avista solicits energy resource proposals to aid clean, carbon-neutral electricity pushes

Posted on February 23, 2022 by Chris Galford

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In a new Request for Proposals (RFP) last week, Avista encouraged power generation and demand generation ideas from interested bidders to help it achieve upcoming carbon and energy neutrality goals. clean and, more immediately, to meet anticipated capacity and energy shortfalls.

“Avista is seeking energy that meets our system capacity needs and brings us closer to our goal of providing our customers with 100% clean electricity by 2045 and 100% carbon neutral resources by 2027,” said Jason Thackston, senior vice president of energy resources at Avista. , noted. “We are more than halfway with our mix of renewable hydroelectric, biomass, wind and solar energy. It’s one more step to ensure affordable, reliable and clean energy for years to come.

In addition to its clean energy goals, Avista currently projects capacity and energy shortages between 2026 and 2030. Beyond renewable energy desires, the company needs 196 MW of winter capacity and 190 MW of summer capacity by 2030 to guarantee the reliability of its system. Avista may also offer repowering resources or self-builds in the tender to meet these needs.

Offerings can include various fuel sources such as wind, solar, biomass, hydro, natural gas, renewable natural gas and hydrogen, as well as energy management technologies, including pumped storage, batteries and demand response. Hybrid proposals that include combinations of clean energy, capacity and/or storage are also welcome, although proposals for renewable energy certificates alone are rejected.

Any bidder is welcome, as long as they currently own, plan to develop, or hold rights to resources that could meet Avista’s energy and capacity needs. However, they must demonstrate that they can meet the minimum eligibility requirements under the RFP. All responses are due by March 25, 2022.