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Utility in Utah opens RFP for solar, wind and geothermal power projects

Cove Fort geothermal plant in construction, September 2013 (source: Ariel Sacerdoti, Ormat)
Alexander Richter 31 May 2018

Rocky Mountain Power, a power utility in the State of Utah in the U.S. has released a Request for Proposals from renewable energy projects, among them geothermal. So there is an opportunity for up to 40 MW of geothermal power generation capacity.

In response to broad demand from communities and businesses for electric power from renewable energy sources, Rocky Mountain Power is seeking cost-competitive bids for solar, wind and geothermal energy projects in Utah to interconnect to the PacifiCorp system.

Rocky Mountain Power is a utility based in the State of Utah in the U.S.

Customers sponsoring the request for proposal include Park City, Salt Lake City, Summit County, Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and Utah Valley University, which are all working with Rocky Mountain Power to meet their clean air and sustainability goals through renewable energy.

“Rocky Mountain Power has a successful history of partnering with our customers and communities,” said Cindy Crane, CEO of Rocky Mountain Power. “We are continuing that tradition by bringing new renewable energy to our customers that have aggressive renewable and sustainability goals, while still providing affordable, reliable electricity to all of our customers.”

The company is seeking proposals for 308,000 MWh of power generation, which equates to approximately 40 MW of geothermal capacity or approximately 100 to 126 MW of wind or solar capacity. This is enough electricity to power about 34,000 typical homes in Utah.

This RFP also seeks renewable projects to meet the demand of the next offering of Subscriber Renewables – building off of the success of the initial Subscriber Solar program, which has been fully subscribed and has a long waiting list of customers ready for more power to be available. Subscriber Renewables will allow enrolling Rocky Mountain Power customers to get some or all of their energy from renewable sources.

Source: Rocky Mountain Power