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NIPSCO issues RFP targeting wind, solar and thermal energy generation

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The Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) is announcing the opening of its next round of request for proposals (RFP) to consider a combination of potential resources to meet the future electric needs of its customers.

“As we continue to further our Your Energy, Your Future, customer-focused plan, it’s important to consider all energy source options that balance the needs of our customers and communities,” NIPSCO President Violet Sistovaris said. “This effort is consistent with our goal to focus on providing affordable, reliable energy while maintaining flexibility for future technology and market changes.”

This RFP will satisfy a 2023 capacity need following the release of NIPSCO’s 2018 Integrated Resource Plan, in which the company announced its plans to retire all of its remaining coal-fired generation by 2028, and replace it with lower-cost, cleaner options. NIPSCO is considering all sources in the RFP process. Dispatchable and semi-dispatchable generation, renewables, demand response resources and contractual arrangements will be considered, as well as emerging technologies such as storage.

Specifically, NIPSCO is requesting proposals in three target areas:

--Wind: Targeting 300 megawatt (MW) of installed capacity (ICAP) of wind and wind paired with storage (NIPSCO reserves the right to transact more or less than the referenced ICAP target).

--Solar: Targeting 2,300 MW ICAP of solar and solar paired with storage.

--Thermal and other: Targeting economic opportunities for thermal and other capacity resources.

CRA International is the independent RFP manager.

NIPSCO’s current energy mix includes generation from natural gas and coal, hydroelectric generation, purchased wind power, customer-owned renewable generation, demand response, energy efficiency and other purchased power.

The RFP will close Nov. 20 and more information can be found at www.nipsco-rfp.com

 

Posted 10/1/2019

 
 
 
 

 

 

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