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Southern California Edison Co. (SCE) has issued a new request for proposals (RFP) seeking an open-ended added amount of power supplies from solar, wind, geothermal, small hydroelectric and biomass sources. SCE is asking for proposals by June 27 and has scheduled a proposal conference for prospective bidders for May 26. The RFP calls for proposals of at least 1.5 MW in size, but there is no overall target amount of capacity that the utility is seeking in its latest offering, an SCE spokesperson told NGI. More information is available on the Edison International utility's website (www.sce.com) under "RenewRFP." Nearly 20% of SCE's power supply came from renewable sources last year. SCE's largest two sources of renewables are geothermal, which accounted for about half the supplies last year, and wind, which provided nearly another one-third of the renewable supplies.

Xcel Energy's Public Service Company of Colorado filed its 2012 renewable energy compliance plan with regulators, outlining its latest work toward achieving the state-mandated 30% goal by 2020. "The filing [to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission] highlights that Xcel is well ahead of targets to meet the renewable energy standard [RES]," a utility spokesperson said. Included in the plan is a discussion of Xcel's efforts to balance the RES adjustment fund, a 2% surcharge for utility customers being used to pay for the utility renewable efforts. Xcel said it has spent more on renewables than it has collected via the customer surcharge. The plan also includes information about the settlement Xcel reached with the solar industry in Colorado last March under which the utility will acquire up to 30 MW of customer-sited solar energy annually in 2012 and 2013.

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