Palo Alto, Calif., Seeks Renewable Energy Supply Proposals That Can Include Energy Storage

May 25, 2022

by Paul Ciampoli
APPA News Director
May 25, 2022

The City of Palo Alto, Calif., is seeking proposals from qualified firms to provide electric power generated by renewable resources — with or without energy storage capacity — to meet the city’s long-term electric supply portfolio needs.

The utility will consider all California renewable portfolio standard (RPS)-eligible renewable resources.

 These resources include, with some limitations:

  • Biodiesel
  • Biomass
  • Biomethane Fuel cell using renewable fuels
  • Geothermal
  • Small Hydroelectric
  • Municipal solid waste
  • Ocean wave
  • Ocean thermal
  • Solar PV
  • Solar thermal electric
  • Tidal current
  • Wind

In addition, the city will accept proposals from zero-carbon resources that are not RPS-eligible (e.g., large hydroelectric).

If a bidder chooses to include an energy storage system in a proposal, the facility should have a duration of four hours, although proposals may include pricing for longer-duration configurations as well.

Proposals must be received by June 28, 2022.

The RFP is available here.

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