Public Service of New Mexico issues RFP for up to 50 MW of renewables

New Mexico Utility Adding Wind, Solar and Geothermal to Its Power Mix

Public Service Co. of New Mexico, a unit of PNM Resources, has issued a request for proposals for renewable energy resources totaling up to 50 MW of generation.

This RFP is for Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) and accompanying Renewable Electric Energy or for RECs without accompanying energy. PNM said Jan. 13 that is looking for renewable energy resources that will be cost-effective additions to PNM's integrated system portfolio, which includes traditional generation, demand-side management and renewable sources.

Acquisition of RECs will enable PNM to continue to comply with New Mexico's Renewable Portfolio Standard. PNM is seeking to purchase renewable energy and associated RECs from one or more qualified respondents up to 50 MW of generating capacity from sources that are eligible to meet PNM's renewable energy requirements.

PNM will consider offers for asset purchases, design-build-transfer (turnkey) projects, or purchased power agreement projects in addition to RECs-only bids.

On Dec. 16, 2015, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission issued a final order that directs PNM to issue this RFP for renewable energy resources up to 50 MW and to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of such resources to meet overall PNM system operational needs.

Accordingly, PNM will consider renewable energy resource proposals submitted in response to this RFP in light of both the company's operational power needs and potential cost savings.

Projects should be located in or be able to deliver electricity to customers in New Mexico. REC-only purchases must be from a facility located in New Mexico. Renewable energy sources sought include wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower and biomass technologies. Fossil fuel and nuclear resources will not be considered in this RFP.

Those who want to participate in the bid process need to submit a "Notice of Intent to Bid" by Jan. 25 and submit their proposal by Feb. 25. Submissions can only be made using a web link to the request for proposals on-line bidding platform. Potential suppliers can register for the RFP at https://www.poweradvocate.com/pR.do?okey=56307&pubEvent=true. There is a pre-bid conference set for Jan. 22.

With headquarters in Albuquerque, PNM is the largest electricity provider in New Mexico, serving more than 500,000 customers in dozens of communities across the state. PNM is a unit of PNM Resources, an energy holding company also headquartered in Albuquerque.

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