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Title: The impact of competitive bidding on the market prospects for renewable electric technologies

This report examines issues regarding the ability of renewable-energy-based generation projects to compete fossil-fuel-based projects in competitive bidding solicitations. State and utility bidding results revealed that on a relative basis, utilities contract for less renewable-energy-based capacity under competitive bidding than under past methods of qualifying facility contracting. It was concluded that renewables are not being chosen more often under competitive bidding because it emphasizes price and operating considerations over other attributes of renewables, such as environmental considerations, fuel diversity, and fuel price stability. Examples are given of bidding approaches used by some states and utilities that have resulted in renewables-based projects winning generation bids. In addition, the appendix summarizes, by state, competitive bidding activities and results for supply-side solicitations that were open to all fuels and technologies.
Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
10190999
Report Number(s):
NREL/TP--462-5479
ON: DE93010030; BR: WM1020000
DOE Contract Number:
AC02-83CH10093
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: Sep 1993
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; ELECTRIC UTILITIES; BIDS; FOSSIL FUELS; COMPETITION; MARKET; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; COST; STABILITY COMPETITIVE BIDDING; MARKET PROSPECTS; RENEWABLE ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGIES 290400; 296000; ENERGY RESOURCES; ELECTRIC POWER