Progress Energy Carolinas seeks energy proposals

By Erin Voegele
Web exclusive posted Oct. 31, 2008 at 11:27 a.m. CST

Raleigh, N.C.-based Progress Energy Carolinas, which serves 3.1 million customers in the Carolinas and Florida, is seeking proposals for potential renewable energy projects and alternative energy providers.

The company first issued an open-ended request for proposals in November 2007. Although the request remains open, the company's renewable resource planning accepts proposals on regular intervals; those requests are shared with state regulators annually.

The submission deadline for renewable and alternative energy proposals is Nov. 11 to be considered in the company's 2009 planning period. The company will notify bidders by March 2009 of Progress Energy's intent to enter further discussions.

"We are working to ensure we are in compliance with North Carolina's energy legislation that was enacted last year," said Mike Hughes, Progress Energy spokesman. The legislation requires that three percent of the state's electricity needs are met by renewable resources by 2012. The standard increases to 12.5 percent in 2021, Hughes said. The legislation also includes specific targets for solar, hog waste and poultry waste energy.

To date, Progress Energy has signed contracts for two biomass projects and three solar photovoltaic plants. Additional proposals that include use of solar, wood waste and agricultural byproducts are being evaluated.

Bids for biomass, landfill methane or renewable hydrogen with a capacity of 10 megawatts or less will be accepted. Priority will be given to proposed projects that are expected to be operational before 2011. Projects located within the North Carolina are preferred.

"We believe the sprit of North Carolina's legislation was to create renewable energy sources within the state, so our priority of evaluation will certainly be for proposals that would be located within the state," Hughes said. "But, that is certainly not something that precludes assessing and evaluating the potential for other projects outside the state."

The request for proposals, including information of the process for submission, can be viewed in its entirety at