In January, Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA) will issue a request for proposals (RFP) for 15-30 MW of renewable energy. GVEA is sharing this information in advance of releasing the RFP in an effort to encourage responses from interested parties.
The RFP will focus on renewable energy generation from solar, wind, battery, hydroelectric or any other renewable energy solution as detailed in the RFP. The RFP process enables GVEA to evaluate potential projects with the goal of selecting a project, or projects, that provide significant benefit to GVEA’s electric system and members.
This RFP is part of an ongoing effort by GVEA to expand renewable energy while providing low-cost, safe and reliable electric service. The power generated from renewable energy can replace some of the existing power generation GVEA receives from fossil fuels, assisting GVEA in reaching its carbon reduction goal.
GVEA has a history of championing renewable energy in the Interior. GVEA currently receives 16.9% of the hydropower generated at Bradley Lake. This low-cost, environmentally clean power has been transmitted to the Interior via the Intertie since 1991. In 2012, GVEA launched Alaska’s largest wind farm, Eva Creek and in 2018, GVEA established Alaska’s first community-based Solar Farm.
Since 2005, GVEA has collaborated with SNAP Producers who produce small-scale renewable energy. In addition to the SNAP Program, GVEA offers eligible members the opportunity to participate in the Experimental Renewable Resource Purchase Program. GVEA was the first Alaskan utility to offer a program of this kind.
While GVEA champions renewable energy, our main goal of providing low-cost, safe and reliable electric service to members remains at the forefront. As part of the RFP evaluation, GVEA will work to select projects that do not adversely affect reliability or rates.
When the renewable energy RFP is issued, GVEA will distribute a press release and post the RFP at www.GVEA.com/bid-opportunities/.
Golden Valley Electric Association serves over 36,000 members, with 44,800 meters, in Interior Alaska. The Cooperative’s mission is to safely provide members with reliable electric service, quality customer service and innovative energy solutions at fair and reasonable prices.
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