Dominion Energy launches first 500MW RfP

UNITED STATES: Utility Dominion Energy has launched a request for proposals (RfP) for 500MW of onshore wind and solar projects in Virginia.

Dominion Energy must source power from 3GW of onshore wind and solar projects under Virginia law (Virginia state capitol - pic credit: Jim Bowen)

Projects must be at least 5MW, located in Virginia, and start commercial operations in 2020.

Proposals can be for power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Dominion or for the utility to buy projects that are in development.

"The company will review and evaluate proposals to determine the outcome that provides the lowest reasonable cost, while maintain reliability and flexibility for Dominion Energy Virginia customers", the utility explained.

It plans to issue annual RfPs until it reaches its goal of 3GW additional wind and solar power in the state on the United States’ east coast.

The utility seeks 3GW of additional solar and wind power capacity in operation or under development by the start of 2022 under Virginia’s Grid Transformation & Security Act, which became law on 1 July.

Meanwhile, the state's energy plan, released in October 2018, reaffirms the 3GW target and also calls for 2GW of offshore capacity by 2028.

Virginia currently has no online wind projects, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly.

Potential participants in the first RfP should submit notices of intent to bid and confidentiality agreements by 2 November.

Final asset purchase and power purchase proposals are due 13 December 2018 and 14 March 2019, respectively.