Portland, Ore., August 21, 2012 — Portland General Electric issued a request for qualifications to pre-qualify bidders for a request for proposals the company plans to release in October.
The RFP will seek a third-party provider to organize qualifying non-residential customers to temporarily reduce their use of electricity at the utility's call, supplying energy capacity to help PGE manage its load during periods of peak demand.
Responses to the request for qualifications are due by September 14, 2012. Potential bidders who do not respond to the request for qualifications will not have an opportunity to participate in the RFP.
Demand response programs can be activated on short notice to temporarily reduce the demand for electricity during times of stress on the grid. Customer participation in PGE's demand response program will be entirely voluntary, and will involve only a few hours each year.
Customers who participate in similar programs typically receive an incentive for reducing load, while the utility gains access to power at a lower cost than building a physical generation resource to meet peak load needs.