TVA signs first contract for its new Renewable Standard Offer initiative

Source: Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

The Tennessee Valley Authority has signed an agreement with Waste Management Renewable Energy LLC as the first participant in TVA’s new Renewable Standard Offer initiative. 

The 20-year contract will add 4.8 megawatts of power to TVA’s renewable energy portfolio from Waste Management’s landfill gas facility located in Camden, Tenn. 

“This contract with Waste Management marks the successful beginning of a new renewable power initiative for TVA and the region,” said John Trawick, TVA senior vice president for Commercial Operations and Pricing. “We look forward to working with power distributors and developers to continue growing our Renewable Standard Offer resources in 2011.” 

The facility is scheduled to begin delivering power in September 2011 through Benton County Electric System in Camden, subject to applicable environmental requirements and securing transmission arrangements. 

TVA added the Renewable Standard Offer in October as a new initiative for mid size generators of biomass direct-combustion, co-firing or gasification; methane recovery, wind or solar that produce 201 kilowatts to 20 megawatts of electricity. The initiative is designed to accommodate projects too large for TVA’s Generation Partners program, which was developed for residential and small commercial customers that generate 200 kilowatts or less. 

The Renewable Standard Offer allows developers in the region to enter into contracts for up to 20 years. The long-term contracts will help TVA avoid rising purchased power prices and keep consumer prices down, while also making financing the projects easier for developers. 

TVA pays a set price for renewable power based on the time of day the electricity is available to the TVA grid. The new initiative will help TVA meet peak power demand as well as increase renewable generation that emits no pollution or greenhouse gases. The Renewable Standard Offer initially will be limited to a total of 100 megawatts from all participants, with no single renewable technology representing more than 50 megawatts of the total.

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