February 2001 - The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is seeking bids for more than 1,000 MW of new wind energy—its largest wind power purchase ever—to help address a regional power shortage. The agency issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking power from large projects, particularly those greater than 40 MW in size. BPA expects the bids to be cost competitive and to be priced significantly below the average price bid in California's recent power supply auction.
BPA is also looking to wind because wind projects "are relatively easy to site and expand, have low environmental impacts (including no carbon emissions) and are highly desirable to buyers of "green" power." BPA currently supplies green power blends of small hydro and wind power to about 10 wholesale customers, primarily municipal and rural electric cooperatives in the Pacific Northwest.
BPA already buys or is considering the purchase of nearly 300 megawatts of wind energy from three existing projects in Wyoming and four projects under development in Oregon, Washington and Montana.
RFP Announcement - Call for for new large-scale wind power project proposals
News Release - BPA solicits new wind power projects
News Article - Bonneville seeks wind power to help ease power shortage
News Article - BPA officials planning huge wind-power buy
BPA Contact: George Darr, (503) 230-4386