FirstEnergy Ohio Utilities Launch Request for Proposal for 2012 Solar and Renewable Energy Credits
AKRON, Ohio, Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) announced that a Request for Proposal (RFP) will be issued to purchase All-States Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) and both In-State and All-States Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) for its Ohio utilities Ohio Edison, Cleveland Electric Illuminating and Toledo Edison to help meet the renewable energy benchmarks established under Ohio's energy law.
SRECs and RECs sought in this RFP must be produced by renewable generating facilities that are either certified by the State of Ohio or are in the process of being certified in the State of Ohio. The SRECs and RECs must be generated between January 1, 2010, and December 31, 2012. The following amounts and locations are being sought:
- 7,500 SRECs generated in Ohio or states contiguous to Ohio;
- 140,000 RECs generated in Ohio; and
- 175,000 RECs generated in Ohio or states contiguous to Ohio.
The RFP is a competitive process conducted by Navigant Consulting, Inc., an independent evaluator and a global consulting firm with expertise in energy markets, renewables and competitive procurements. Based on the RFP results, the Ohio utilities will enter into agreement(s) with winning suppliers to purchase the necessary quantities of RECs and SRECs.
One SREC represents the environmental attributes of one megawatt hour of generation from a Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) -qualified solar renewable generating facility. One REC represents the environmental attributes of one megawatt hour of generation from a PUCO-qualified renewable generating facility.
No energy or capacity will be purchased under the RFP. The number of individual bidders is not limited. Participants in the RFP must meet and maintain specific credit and security qualifications, and must be able to prove their SREC or REC generating facilities are certified or in the process of becoming certified by the State of Ohio.
The Companies have established a website to provide bidders with a central source of documents, data and other information for the RFP process. This information is available by accessing www.firstenergycorp.com/OH2012RECRFP.
On October 4, 2012, at 11:00 a.m., the Companies and their consultant will conduct a webinar to outline the RFP process and the terms of the agreement, as well as to provide a forum to submit any questions. Questions also may be submitted during the RFP process directly through the RFP website.
To participate in the RFP, potential bidders are encouraged to submit credit applications by October 22, 2012, and proposals are due October 29, 2012, by 3 p.m.
The RFP Manager is Dan Bradley, Director, Navigant Consulting (NCI). He can be reached at (516) 876-4036, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. Its generation subsidiaries control more than 20,000 megawatts of capacity from a diversified mix of scrubbed coal, non-emitting nuclear, natural gas, hydro, pumped-storage hydro and other renewables. Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp.
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