LADWP Calls for Proposals to Build $176 Million in Green Power

February 6, 2007
LADWP Calls for Proposals to Build $176 Million in Green Power

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is seeking proposals for 2,200 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of energy per year—worth approximately $176 million annually—from “green power” resources such as solar, wind, and geothermal power. A pre-proposal conference for prospective bidders is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 9 a.m. at LADWP’s John Ferraro Building headquarters, A-Level Auditorium, 111 N. Hope St., Los Angeles.

“This is an incredible opportunity for the renewable energy industry to present strong, viable proposals that will foster the development of clean, sustainable energy for the City of Los Angeles for many generations to come,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said.
Proposals are due April 10 at 2 p.m. The Request for Proposals (RFP) can be downloaded from the LADWP website at and has been sent directly to more than 300 vendors nationwide.
The RFP is aimed at boosting the City of Los Angeles’ renewable energy sales to 20% of the energy supplied to customers by 2010. The additional 2,200 GWh of renewable energy would increase L.A.’s total renewables to 15% from its current 6%.
“As we issue this RFP, we are making significant progress toward realizing our goal of 20% by 2010,” said H. David Nahai, president of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners that oversees LADWP, the nation’s largest municipal utility. “We hope to be deluged with wide-ranging proposals that not only will provide the City with renewable energy but also open up new markets for innovation and opportunity.”
The RFP opens the door to vendors to provide renewable energy projects. As stated in the RFP, LADWP will give preference to proposals that offer immediate facility ownership or to long-term purchase agreements that have an ownership option. Additionally, LADWP is targeting proposals for renewable energy resources that would be constructed on LADWP-owned land located in the Salton Sea area of California. The Department owns about 5,800 acres of land in the Salton Sea, which has fertile opportunities for solar and geothermal power.
LADWP is integrating efforts to develop renewable energy with proposed new or expanded transmission lines to enable delivering that energy to Los Angeles. Starting next month, LADWP, in conjunction with the Imperial Irrigation District Energy (IID Energy) and the nonprofit Citizens Energy, will begin the environmental review process for the Green Path Project, designed to provide access to renewable energy sources in the Salton Sea area. The project also will enhance energy infrastructure and reliability for Los Angeles, Imperial, Riverside and San Diego counties.
“We hope to acquire renewable resources that will take advantage of the proposed Green Path Project,” LADWP General Manager Ron Deaton said.
The RFP also calls for the development of solar projects in the state’s high desert areas, including Mojave, California City, Barstow, and Victorville. “These areas are desirable because of their close proximity to several LADWP electrical interconnection points, providing greater opportunity and more flexibility to connect to the LADWP transmission system,” Deaton said.
Eligible renewable resources include wind, biomass (defined as organic material), solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, geothermal, digester and landfill gas, ocean wave, ocean thermal and tidal current, fuel cells using renewable fuels and other renewable energy resources.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation’s largest municipal utility, provides reliable, low-cost water and power services to Los Angeles residents and businesses in an environmentally responsible manner. LADWP services about 1.4 million electric customers and 680,000 water customers in Los Angeles.

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