CHARLOTTE – Duke Energy Carolinas is looking for wind power providers to serve its customers in the Carolinas.
The Charlotte-based utility issued on Tuesday a request for proposals for up to 500 megawatts of wind capacity that would be delivered to its transmission system.
The company said results from the request could bring clean wind energy to the Carolinas and help it meet North Carolina’s 2007 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard, or REPS, that mandates the company generate 12.5 percent of its retail sales in the state by renewable energy or energy efficiency programs by 2021, and continuing afterward.
“As costs in the wind sector decline and capacity factors increase, now is an excellent time to pursue wind energy for the Carolinas,” said Rob Caldwell, president, Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology. “Our experience in wind energy spans more than a decade, so we are excited to evaluate this resource for the benefit of our customers.”
The request is open to existing or new wind generation facilities – from 100 to 500 MW of delivered capacity – that can be transported into the utility’s transmission system by the end of 2022. Although Duke Energy owns and operates more than 35 solar facilities in the Carolinas, it does not currently purchase any wind capacity for customers in the region.
The generation sources may be located in the Carolinas or elsewhere, the company said.
More information about the RFP is available at PowerAdvocate, a web-based platform for proposals and related confidential communications.