Utility seeks bids for 80 MW of new wind capacity

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Japanese regional utility Tohoku Electric Power is seeking bids for 80 MW of new wind capacity to supply its grid across the northern section of the country's main island. Of that, 70 MW should come from plant using turbines rated at least 2 MW in capacity, with the rest using smaller units. Under the tender conditions, however, bidders offering larger turbines must also offer the means to regulate output by including measures such as battery storage, while those using smaller turbines must suspend output completely during periods of low demand. Large generators will receive JPY 5.90/kWh ($ 0.0515/kWh) for daytime summer supply, JPY 5/kWh ($0.0436/kWh) in other seasons and JPY 2.20/kWh ($0.0192/kWh) overnight. The smaller generators will get a standard rate of JPY 3.60/kWh ($0.0314/kWh) at all times. Winning bids, if any are submitted under those conditions, will be announced after March.

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