Puget Sound Energy launches tender for new energy resources

Submitted by Puget Sound Energy

Puget Sound Energy has launched a request for proposals (RFP) for new energies and capacities to meet the long-term electricity needs of customers. The 2021 all-source call for tenders solicits bids from qualified parties to provide up to 1,669 gigawatt hours (GWh) of resources eligible for the Clean Energy Transformation Act (“CETA”) and up to 1,506 MW of capacity resources at Puget Sound Energy.

This is the first all-source PES tender issued since the adoption of CETA, which sets statewide policy targets for phasing out coal-fired resources by December 31, 2025, 80% carbon-free production and overall carbon-neutral electricity by 2030, and 100% carbon-free electricity by 2045.

PSE will take into consideration any electrical resource or energy storage resource that can meet all or part of the Company’s resource needs, in accordance with the requirements described in the call for tenders.

“The region is growing and it is important that we acquire resources that will meet these demands and that we keep the lights on and the homes heated on the coldest days of the year,” said Ron Roberts, vice-president. PSE’s senior president of energy supply. “As we continue to reduce carbon emissions and further develop our renewable energy supplies, our tender focuses on bids for new resources at a fair price that will protect the environment as well as the wallets. of our customers. “

In January 2021, PSE set its ambitious energy company goal “Beyond Net Zero Carbon”. Through this initiative, PSE aims to reduce its own carbon emissions to net zero and goes further by helping other sectors enable carbon emissions reductions in Washington State.

“The new resources and technologies that we have been able to discover through this process are exciting as they would provide both environmental and reliability benefits,” added Roberts. “PSE has a strong preference for renewable resources, and we hope to find this combination of renewable resources that will prove to be a sustainable, reliable and inexpensive way to meet the needs of our customers identified in the tender. “

PSE filed its all-source tender with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission in April and after a public comment period and a public meeting, the commission approved the tender on June 14. Proposals must be submitted to PSE by September 1, 2021.

PSE also plans to file a draft RFP targeted on distributed energy resources (DER) in November 2021. PSE anticipates that the types and quantities of resources to be solicited in the targeted DER RFP will generally be consistent with the demand response, the distributed solar energy resource, and the additions of distributed battery resources identified in the privileged electricity portfolio presented in the 2021 integrated resource plan for the period 2022 to 2025.

More information on PSE’s tenders is available on the Puget Sound Energy website.

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