DTE Electric issues RFP for natural gas generation capacity

DTE Energy issued a request for proposal to solicit bids for the company to acquire operational natural gas simple-cycle generating plants for up to 350 MW.

DTE is pursuing the RFP process to address its future resource adequacy requirements. The power plants must be in Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

Notices of intent to bid are due by Feb. 6, 2015, and bids are due by 5 p.m. EST Feb. 20, 2015. Charles River Associates is hosting the site and monitoring the RFP process on behalf of DTE.

DTE Energy sought proposals for natural gas power plants in Michigan last year and announced in November the purchase of the 732 MW Renaissance Power Plant in Carson City, Mich. That purchase closed Jan. 21, 2015.

The purchase also will help DTE to address its current and future power generation requirements. Jerry Norcia, DTE Electric president and chief operating officer, said the Renaissance plant provides customers with a reliable source of power at a reasonable cost.

DTE is a Detroit-based energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan.

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