01/13/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/13/2021 19:29
On Jan. 6, 2021, Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA) received a request from Eco Green Generation LLC (Eco Green) for an interconnection tariff for a 42-megawatt (MW) wind farm to be located in Delta Junction. As represented by Eco Green, the proposed project will generate wind power to sell to GVEA and three other entities - Chugach Electric Association, Matanuska Electric Association and the Alaska Energy Authority.
Eco Green self-certified the proposed project as a Qualifying Facility (QF) with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Having received Eco Green's QF filing, GVEA is now legally obligated to evaluate the proposed project within 60 days and, assuming that Eco Green has provided sufficient information, develop a site-specific tariff for interconnection, integration, purchases and sales of the wind from the Eco Green project. GVEA has requested additional information from Eco Green regarding its wind project and the specific energy sales Eco Green proposes to make to GVEA and the other three entities.
Eco Green's QF filing coincides with GVEA's intended issuance of a request for proposal (RFP) for renewable energy. In December, GVEA announced plans to release a RFP for renewable energy projects ranging from 15 to 30 MWs. The goal of the RFP is to enable GVEA to evaluate potential renewable energy projects through a competitive bid process, and then select a project, or combination of projects, to incorporate into GVEA's future generation strategy. This process will allow GVEA to review multiple projects in tandem, thereby assisting in identifying renewable projects with the best synergy to help offset system limitations associated with incorporating renewables into its electrical system. All proposals received by GVEA will be evaluated to determine the impact on member rates and on carbon emissions.
Although GVEA is legally obligated to evaluate Eco Green's 42 MW wind QF, GVEA also intends to proceed with its RFP process, however, now in two stages. GVEA will first issue a Request for Information (RFI) to interested parties, followed by a full RFP to those who responded to the RFI. The staged approach will give GVEA time to evaluate the Eco Green project as required under federal and state law, while simultaneously enabling interested parties to submit information regarding their proposed projects. This will also allow parties to submit initial renewable energy proposals, without expending significant resources in responding to a full RFP. Once GVEA can clarify technical aspects of the proposed Eco Green project and is able to determine what amount of additional renewable energy it can add into its system, if any, a full RFP will be issued.
As the Railbelt Utility with the largest wind farm and the second largest solar farm, GVEA is a champion of renewable energy. However, the mission of providing low-cost, safe, reliable electric service to all members remains at the forefront of GVEA's efforts.
Golden Valley Electric Association serves over 36,000 members, with 44,800 meters, in Interior Alaska. The Cooperative's mission is to safely provide these members with reliable electric service, quality customer service and innovative energy solutions at fair and reasonable prices.
For additional information: Meadow Bailey, (907) 451-5676, [email protected]