Seminole Electric Looking for Renewable Energy

John Davis

se.pngSeminole Electric Cooperative Inc. is exploring ways to incorporate renewable energy. The Tampa, Florida-based company is requesting proposals for potential renewable energy sources.

The Florida generation and transmission cooperative is seeking up to 250 megawatts of renewable energy to help meet its member systems’ growing demand and to diversify its resource portfolio. Seminole is not charging a fee for proposal submission. Proposals are due by June 13, 2008.

Seminole is the wholesale power supplier for 10 electric distribution co-ops. Its member co-ops together have nearly 900,000 retail consumers and provide electricity to an estimated 1.7 million individuals and businesses, located across 46 of Florida’s 67 counties.

Seminole is seeking any type of renewable resource located in or planned for construction in Florida, including baseload resources designed for continuous operation, and intermediate/peaking type resources. Proposed renewable resources must be at least one megawatt in maximum generating capacity.

Seminole will consider all renewable technologies including generation facilities using wind, hydrogen, waste heat, geothermal, ocean energy, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, landfill gas, biomass, municipal solid waste, anaerobic digesters, and hydropower fuel sources.

Seminole’s renewable energy RFP is open to all providers including but not limited to independent power producers, renewable energy providers, exempt wholesale generators, qualifying facilities as defined under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, and electric utilities.