LADWP calls for proposals to build $176 mln in renewables

7 February 2007 — The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is seeking proposals for 2,200 GWh of energy per year from renewable power resources such as solar, wind and geothermal power. The California utilitly said the projects would be worth approximately $176 million a year.

The RFP is aimed at boosting the City of Los Angeles’ renewable energy sales to 20 percent of the energy supplied to customers by 2010. The additional 2,200 GWh of renewable energy would increase L.A.’s total renewables to 15 percent from its current 6 percent.

“We hope to be deluged with wide-ranging proposals that not only will provide the City with renewable energy but also open up new markets for innovation and opportunity,” said H. David Nahai, president of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners that oversees LADWP.

The RFP opens the door to vendors to provide renewable energy projects. As stated in the RFP, LADWP will give preference to proposals that offer immediate facility ownership or to long-term purchase agreements that have an ownership option. Additionally, LADWP is targeting proposals for renewable energy resources that would be constructed on LADWP-owned land located in the Salton Sea area of California. The utility owns about 5,800 acres of land in the Salton Sea, which it says has opportunities for solar and geothermal power.