Solar and wind dominate bids in Indiana utility’s latest request for power supplies

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Courier & Press:Although still early in the process, Vectren appears tentatively poised to shift power generation away from fossil fuels and toward cleaner energy sources.As the utility develops its latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), the company has issued an “all-source” request for proposals (RFP) to supply up to 700 megawatts of power. Indiana law requires utilities to update these plans every three years with input from the public.Vectren has said it intends to close its A.B. Brown plant in Posey County and most of its F.C. Culley plant in Warrick County by 2023.Company spokeswoman Natalie Hedde said the utility received approximately 100 unique proposals for various means of energy generating capacity. “Vectren has been pleased with the number of responses to our all-source RFP,” she said.At the first of four public meetings on the process last week, Vectren gave a glimpse at the responses it received and how it might replace power output currently generated by burning coal.Solar and wind generation dominated the proposals, according to information on Vectren’s website. Other proposals included combining solar power with energy storage technology. Coal-based generation accounted for only a small sliver of the proposals. Combined cycle power generation, a process using both natural gas and steam turbines, also was proposed. However, replacing its coal plants with natural gas has already proved controversial for Vectren.More: Renewable energy proposals dominate Vectren’s search for new power generation Solar and wind dominate bids in Indiana utility’s latest request for power supplieslast_img

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