WINCHESTER, Ky. (June 8, 2012) — East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) today issued a request for proposals (RFP) for up to 300 megawatts (MW) of electric-generating resources to possibly replace power plants that could be shut down as a result of federal regulations taking effect in 2015.
EKPC is soliciting proposals to possibly provide replacement power. EKPC faces the prospect of making significant capital investments in emissions-control equipment at Dale Station in Clark County, Ky., and Cooper Unit #1 in Pulaski County, Ky., to bring them into compliance with the federal Mercury and Air Toxics Standards in 2015.
“This solicitation will provide important information regarding alternatives for EKPC to comply with new federal regulations,” said Tony Campbell, EKPC’s president and CEO. “EKPC’s goal is to comply while continuing to serve its members as reliably and affordably as possible.”
EKPC’s newer, larger coal-fueled units, including Cooper Unit #2 and the units at Spurlock Station in Mason County, Ky., have been retrofitted with emissions-control equipment in recent years and are well-positioned for compliance.
EKPC is seeking resources with an online date of October 2015. EKPC will consider proposals with online dates as late as October 2017, but will evaluate costs associated with the delay past October 2015.
EKPC is seeking conventional resources of 50 MW or larger, as well as renewable resources of 5 MW or larger. EKPC intends to submit a self-build option.
Proposals are due by Aug. 30, 2012. EKPC expects to execute agreements resulting from this solicitation in January 2013.
EKPC has retained The Brattle Group as its independent procurement manager to analyze and evaluate proposals.
The RFP and related information can be found online at: http://www.ekpc-rfp2012.com/.