Puget Sound Energy (PSE) received approximately 95 proposals in response to requests it issued in June for new renewable energy resources to help the agency meet the future electricity needs of its customers.
The proposals were for a wide variety of projects, including on and off-shore wind energy, solar energy, geothermal energy, natural gas-fired generation, and purchase agreements for unbundled renewable energy credits. The projects spanned the Pacific Northwest, with potential sites located in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and Nevada.
“It’s exciting to see the range of technologies proposed in this process that will provide both environmental and reliability benefits for our customers,” said David Mills, PSE’s senior vice president of policy and energy supply.
One of PSE’s requests sought proposals for renewable energy capable of providing 671,000 renewable energy credits in 2023 and proposals for resource alternatives to replace the 272 megawatts of energy the agency currently gets from two Colstrip units in Montana that are scheduled to shut down by 2022.
A second request sought proposals for technology tools that would allow customers to shift their energy usage during high-demand times and help reduce electricity costs.
PSE is expected to make decisions on both requests by spring 2019.