Turlock Irrigation District (TID) Announces a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Renewable Energy and Storage Projects in California

June 4, 2024

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TURLOCK, California, June 4, 2024: Turlock Irrigation District (TID), a publicly owned irrigation district, announces a request for proposals to meet its California Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) and reliability goals. Through the Ascend Analytics Energy Exchange (AEX), TID aims to procure new or existing clean energy projects delivering either directly into TID’s BA, or to CAISO. Offers may be structured as all-in PPAs, bundled RECs (fixed price or Index+), or ownership offers. All offers must have a minimum nameplate capacity of 50 MW or annual renewable generation of at least 150,000 MWh. Acceptable commercial operation dates are no later than December 31, 2030.  

TID seeks proposals for PCC1 eligible renewable generation (including solar photovoltaic, wind, biomass, biofuel, small hydroelectric generation, and geothermal) or PCC1 renewable generation plus storage (hybrid). Storage discharge duration must be at least 4 hours. Offers are grouped in two categories:  

  1. Group A: Proposals for direct delivery to TID's BA system:
    • Power Purchase Agreements (All-In): All-in PPAs must have a term length between 10 and 30 years.
    • Ownership Options: EPC contracts for turnkey projects with the option of offering a long-term service agreement (LTSA).
  2. Group B: Proposals for CAISO connected resources:
    • Power Purchase Agreements (All-in, Energy + RECs, Index+): All-in PPAs must have a term length between 10 and 30 years and bundled RECs (fixed price or Index+) must be between 10 and 20 years. Ownership offers will not be considered for Group B projects.

Please note that standalone storage and RA-only offers will not be considered as part of this RFP.

Ascend Analytics, via the Ascend Energy Exchange, administers and organizes the RFP process on behalf of TID. The RFP team will host an informational webinar for interested bidders on June 19th at 11 am PT. Submissions are due July 2, 2024, at 5 pm PT. To participate, ask questions, and receive RFP updates and materials, respondents can register on the TID RFP website.  

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About Turlock Irrigation District

Turlock Irrigation District is a publicly owned irrigation district established in 1887, which serves about 100,000 residential, farm, business, industrial, and municipal accounts in a 662 square-mile service area throughout Merced, Tuolumne, and Mariposa counties. TID is a California Balancing Authority (BA) and independently operates in the Western US power grid to generate, secure, schedule, and reliably deliver electricity to customers.  

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