Small Scale Renewable Resources

NPPD and its wholesale utility partners have received a number of inquiries regarding our end-use customers’ interest in installing small, renewable energy projects as well as cogeneration and generating units using waste heat recovery.  The development of such resources complements NPPD’s goal of acquiring 10% of its energy needs from renewable resources by the year 2020.

NPPD will accept proposals to acquire renewable energy from small renewable energy projects (25KW to 10MW) and those that qualify as Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA) facilities, excluding wind projects.

NPPD and their Wholesale Customers believe it is in the best interest of our customers to encourage development of generation from the most competitive small, distributed generation resources that provide energy and environmental attributes. Thus, the District has earmarked $300,000 to potentially cover the difference between the prices of energy and environmental attributes from a project under this RFP in the first year and the expected market price for energy only. It is the District’s expectation that the annual average energy price in 2012 will be approximately $26.00 – $29.00/MWH. Therefore, the higher the energy from a project under this RFP is priced, the fewer MWH of energy that can be purchased with the earmarked funds.

This open proposal process will occur twice each year starting in 2011. This effort is planned to be coordinated with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant program to give customers a competitive opportunity to propose viable projects and possibly sell the resulting renewable energy and the associated environmental attributes to utilities. The proposal process will be posted on NPPD’s electronic proposal system and open for small renewable proposals from September 1, 2011, through February 28, 2012, these proposals will be evaluated by April 30, 2012. Additional processes for 2012/2013 will be open from March 1, 2012, through August 31, 2012, and again open from September 1, 2012, through February 28, 2013. Proposals will be evaluated by October 1, 2012, for the initial proposals and by April 30, 2013, for the second series of proposals.

To get started, follow the steps below.

Step 1: View the Participating Utilities & Contacts information

Step 2: Guidelines for submitting an unsolicited proposal are found at the previous Request for Proposal

Step 3: If interested, contact your participating utility for further discussion