Sun for All Contractors RFP; Indiana Solar Empowerment Grants

Posted by Laura Arnold  /   August 04, 2020  /   Posted in Uncategorized  /   No Comments

SUN FOR ALL CONTRACTORS RFP

Indiana Solar Empowerment Grants

 Request for Proposals (RFP)

from Solar Contractors (RFPSC)

Response Requirements & Guidelines

Issued:  July 22, 2020

Responses Due:  6:00 pm EDT on August 12, 2020

SECTION 1. SUN FOR ALL PROGRAM INTRODUCTION

Thank you for your interest in bidding on the opportunity to install one or more solar photovoltaic (PV) systems for selected finalists with funds from the SUN FOR ALL Solar Empowerment Grant Program. We are pleased you are interested in capturing the energy from the sun to energize your community!

Solar project funding totaling approximately $450,000, as well as some funding from the finalists, is available for installations of less than 0.5 MW for organizations that serve low income and vulnerable populations in Indiana with a preference for applicants in the AEP Energy Indiana & Michigan electric service territory.

The SUN FOR ALL Review and Selection Committee consists of representatives of Environmental and Community Development interests in Indiana, and it has narrowed the list of eligible candidate projects to participate in this RFP for solar contractors. This means that, provided that there are no technical issues identified in this bidding process that would create a significant obstacle for an installation at the sites listed in Appendix A, each of these eligible candidates should proceed with the installation of projects. Due to our limited budget, the listed projects must be bid at not more than +/- 10% of the kWdc presented in the Helioscopes in Appendix A.

This RFP is designed to solicit firm proposals from solar installers (“Installers”) interested in bidding on one or more of these projects.

SUNFORALL Solar Contractor RFP--7-22-2020FINAL

APPENDIX A--Part 1 TABLE(v2)

Appendix C

SUNFORALL Solar Contractor RFP--Appendix B in Excel Format--7-22-2020FINAL

SUNFORALL Solar Contractor RFP--7-22-2020FINAL_Reduced Size

 

NIPSCO RFP for MISO capacity Zonal Resource Credits

Posted by Laura Arnold  /   July 24, 2020  /   Posted in Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), solar, Uncategorized  /   No Comments

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Northern Indiana Public Service Company ("NIPSCO") is soliciting a Request for Proposals for MISO capacity (Zonal Resource Credits "ZRC") covering MISO Planning Years 2021-2022, 2022-2023, and 2023-2024.
Interested Bidders should refer to the attached RFP documents for the event details and requirements.  

Event Summary:  

RFP: Minimum 50 ZRC of MISO Capacity delivered to Local Resource Zone 6 for MISO Planning Years 2021-2022, 2022-2023, and 2023-24.  

NIPSCO RFP timetable
Please note the RFP minimum offer quantity is 50 ZRC.  

It is also the responsibility of the Bidder to deliver the capacity to MISO Local Resource Zone 6 (if applicable, e.g. capacity is in a different Local Resource Zone or pseudo-tied into MISO).  

Thank you very much for your interest in NIPSCO's RFP.

Attached are the RFP and a bidder form.

               

Please direct questions to:

Edward H. Twarok, Lead Operations Analyst
rfp.nipsco@nisource.com or 708.937.2052

Download documents HERE:

NIPSCO Capacity RFP 07.23.20

NIPSCO Capacity RFP Bidder Form

FERC acts to narrow PURPA yet again

Posted by Laura Arnold  /   July 22, 2020  /   Posted in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)  /   No Comments

FERC acts to narrow PURPA yet again

NIPSCO to nearly double Indiana’s solar capacity

Posted by Laura Arnold  /   July 20, 2020  /   Posted in Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC), Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO)  /   No Comments

NIPSCO to nearly double Indiana’s solar capacity

Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) has announced its next two solar projects in the state, installations which, when completed, will nearly double Indiana’s entire installed solar capacity. The two projects were selected following a review of bids submitted through the all-source Request for Proposal (RFP) process that NIPSCO underwent late last year.

Brickyard Solar will be a  200 MW project developed, constructed, owned and operated by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources. The installation will be located in Boone County and will include an estimated 675,000 solar panels. NIPSCO will purchase the power directly from Brickyard Solar through a 20-year purchase power agreement (PPA) when the project goes on-line some time in 2023.

The smaller of the set, Greensboro Solar will also be developed, constructed, owned and operated by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources. Clocking in at 100 MW in capacity, along with 30 MW of battery storage, Greensboro will be located in Henry County and will include an estimated 329,500 solar panels. NIPSCO will purchase the power directly from Greensboro Solar through another, essentially identical 20-year PPA. Like Brickyard Solar, Greensboro is set to go online in 2023.

The 300 MW set to come to the Hoosier State via these two projects will nearly double the state’s total installed capacity thus far, which currently sits at 444 MW, good for 23rd most in the nation. Indiana is expected to add 1,357 MW of solar over the next five years.

These two projects don’t necessarily mean that NIPSCO is done procuring solar for 2020, as the utility shared that it expects to announce additional renewable projects later this year.

NIPSCO plans to be coal-free by 2028.

Please find below documents filed on 7/17/2020 by NIPSCO in Cause No. 45403:

 

 

 

 

Statewide Focus Needed on Vectren EDG Case to replace Net Metering

Posted by Laura Arnold  /   June 29, 2020  /   Posted in Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC), Uncategorized, Vectren  /   No Comments

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Statewide Focus Needed on Vectren EDG Case

There needs to be a Indiana statewide public spotlight on Vectren’s EDG tariff case before the IURC since it likely may set the pathway for the next four electric utilities—NIPSCO, Duke, IPL and I&M. to drastically reduce the amount paid to customers for excess DG.  SEA 309 dictates that these DG tariffs must be filed no later than March 1, 2021.

Vectren’s new integrated resource plan puts increased reliance on large scale solar farm output but ignores customer owned solar facilities. Moreover, Vectren’s recent IURC filings seek to reduce the amount paid to Vectren customers for excess generation from their roof top solar units.  This week the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) ruled against solar and net metering advocates with two rulings. First, over the objections of the Office of the Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC), Indiana DG, Evansville solar installer Morton Solar and Solarize Indiana the Commission approved several 30-day filings from investor owned utilities requesting approval of annual avoided cost/PURPA rates  . The objections suggested that these Vectren filings were not compliant with federal law under the Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA) requiring utilities to pay reasonable amounts for customer owned DG excess generation. Second the Commission denied a Motion to Consolidate the two Vectren 30-day filings with Vectren’s pending petition to establish Rider Excess Distributed Generation (EDG) in Cause No. 45378.

At stake is the establishment of fair and equitable rates for Vectren customers who produce their own power using solar panels, etc. The consumer groups contend that Vectren’s proposed Rider EDG must be compliant with federal law such as PURPA as well as Indiana law.
Vectren’s proposed EDG rate will not allow cost effective investments for customers with continued 1 to 1 credit of net excess using net metering vs. an anticipated excess DG rate of 3.1 cents.

The consequences of the requested adoption of Rider EDG is evident from what has transpired in other states such as Nevada. After effectively eliminating net metering in Nevada the rooftop solar market came to a grinding halt. The situation was finally remedied after a huge outcry from the public and action taken by the Nevada state legislature to reinstate net metering.

Across the state of Indiana, home owners, businesses, schools and local government interested in installing solar systems to achieve long term energy savings need to realize that although they are not Vectren customers, this case will likely establish an important precedence for the other four (4) investor owned electric utilities who may file similar petition’s with the IURC for low excess DG rates to replace net metering by March 1, 2021.

Thus far Indiana state legislators such as Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) who chairs the House Utility Committee and co-chairs the 21st Century Energy Task Force have not allowed for a comprehensive look at what is likely to happen to various businesses when net metering is eliminated. They have indicated that such a dialogue is still premature since technically net metering is not set to expire until 7/1/2022. Unfortunately, Vectren customers do not have luxury to wait. Vectren has indicated they want approval by the IURC for Rider EDG by the end of this year. Indications are also that NIPSCO will file for a DG tariff before the end of 2020.

Therefore, the time for action is now!

VECTREN WILL OFFICIALLY FILE ITS FINAL INTEGRATED RESOURCE PLAN (IRP) on 6/30/2020 WITH IURC

Although IndianaDG is pleased about some of Vectren’s preferred Portfolio, their IRP appears to ignore any meaningful contribution from Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) such as rooftop solar.
Vectren should design their next RFP expected this fall to provide better opportunities for smaller and more diverse solar resources. Vectren needs to modify the criteria to evaluate bids to give more favorable consideration to DERs.

We sincerely hope that the results from the Vectren Preferred Portfolio will not create another flurry of activities during the 2021 session of the Indiana General Assembly to throw a lifesaver to a sinking and uneconomic and dirty energy industry such as coal fired power plants.

Unfortunately, the state of Indiana appears to continue to lag behind in the high stakes competition with other states to bring new clean energy jobs and related economic development.

Will you contact your state legislators and candidates to explain action is needed now before it is too late?


Here is the link to Utility Articles approving the 30-day filings:
https://www.in.gov/iurc/files/ua_ord_062420.pdf

The 21st Century Energy Policy Development Task Force is expected to meet again starting in mid-August 2020.
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