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RFP alert: FirstEnergy purchasing RECs in for Ohio utilities

Written by: Leonard Parker | Solar News | 07th October

By Chris Crowell October 6, 2021 View Profile

FirstEnergy Corp. issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to purchase Ohio-compliant Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) for its Ohio utilities – Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Company and Toledo Edison. The purchases (426,600 RECs in total), will help meet the companies’ 2021 renewable energy targets established under Ohio’s alternative energy law.

RECs sought in this RFP must be:

eligible for compliance with the companies’ 2021 renewable energy obligations, be sourced from generating facilities certified in accordance with rules and procedures put forth by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), be deliverable through PJM Environmental Information System Generation Attribute Tracking System (EIS GATS), and generated between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2021.

Where to bid: FirstEnergy’s Ohio utilities have a website (right here) to provide bidders with a central source of documents, data and other information for the RFP process. On Oct. 11, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. EPT, the FirstEnergy Ohio utilities and their consultant, Guidehouse, will conduct a webinar to outline the RFP process and the terms of the agreement, as well as to provide a forum to submit any questions. Questions also may be submitted during the RFP process directly through the RFP website.

To participate in the RFP, potential bidders are encouraged to submit credit applications by November 2, 2021, and proposals are due November 10, 2021, by 5 p.m. EPT.

One REC represents the environmental attributes of one megawatt hour of generation from a PUCO-qualified renewable generating facility. The cost of the RECs is recovered from customers through the utility’s standard service offer through a monthly charge filed quarterly with the PUCO.

No energy or capacity will be purchased under the RFP. The number of individual bidders is not limited. Participants in the RFP must meet and maintain specific credit and security qualifications and must be able to prove their REC generating facilities are certified or in the process of becoming certified by the PUCO.

The RFP is a competitive process managed by Guidehouse Inc., an independent evaluator and a global consulting firm with expertise in energy markets, renewables and competitive procurements. Based on the RFP results, the Ohio utilities will enter into agreement(s) with winning suppliers to purchase the necessary quantities of RECs.

Tags: FirstEnergy, utility-scale