A request for proposals for up to 75 MW in renewables in Texas was issued on June 10 by Central and South West (CSW) Services Inc of Dallas. The solicitation, part of CSW's integrated resource plan filed with the Texas Public Utilities Commission in January, is on behalf of three CSW owned and operated utilities, Central Power and Light Co, West Texas Utilities Co, and Southwest Electric Power Co. Although CSW subsidiaries also serve customers in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana, this solicitation only involves the utility's Texan customers. The deadline for responses is August 1. Proposals must be for resources that will be commercially available no later than June 1, 1999. CSW has also said that a single project of 40-50 MW might be the most likely wind component. CSW's Larry Jones says renewables are being solicited because they were advocated so strongly in the utility's three "deliberative polls" of consumers last year to test their opinions on the resource mix. This solicitation is not, however, to provide power for the utility's "Clear Choice" green pricing plan. That plan, he says, will be a pilot that targets specific geographic areas. Initially it will be to test whether customers are actually as interested in paying extra for green electricity as the polls indicate. CSW is known in the wind industry for its 6 MW wind plant in West Texas, which consists of Zond turbines. It also owns Public Service Co of Oklahoma, as well as a regional electricity company in Britain, and non-utility subsidiaries that offer independent power production, energy efficiency and other services.
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