Duke Energy Carolinas issues RFP for renewable energy

By Erin Voegele | November 07, 2016

Duke Energy Carolinas recently issued a request for proposals (RFP), seeking up to 750,000 MWh of energy located in its territory. Biomass and landfill gas are among the renewable energy resources eligible to apply.

According to Duke, results from the RFP will help DEC meet North Carolina’s renewable energy and energy efficiency portfolio standard (REPS), which mandates the company generate 12.5 percent of its retail sales in the state by renewable energy or energy efficiency programs by 2021. In addition to biomass and landfill gas, the RFP is open to solar, wind and other facilities that qualify as a renewable energy resource under REPS requirements, excluding swine and poultry waste. To be eligible, facilities must be located in the DEC service territory.

"We want to encourage market development of more renewable generation in the Duke Energy Carolinas system in the most competitive manner possible," said Rob Caldwell, president of Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology. "This RFP gives developers the opportunity to either pursue projects themselves or sell current projects under development to Duke Energy."

Information released by Duke Energy indicates interested bidders must already be in the DEC interconnection queue, which includes renewable projects already proposed in the region. In addition, all proposals must be for projects 750KW or larger.

Bidders can offer three options under the RFP, including purchased power proposals; engineer, procurement and construction turnkey proposals in which Duke Energy takes ownership of the new facility; or project development proposals that are in the late stages of development where Duke Energy would take ownership and build the new facility. Proposed projects must be in operation by Dec. 31, 2018.

In addition, DEC noted is also seeking to buy renewable energy credits (RECs) from existing facilities in its service territory. These would be existing renewable projects for which Duke Energy does not already purchase RECs. The RECs must come from facilities in the territory and must be in operation by the end of 2016.

The RFP closes Nov. 28. Additional information is available on the Duke Energy website