2022 All-Source RFP
Building on our commitment to meeting our customers’ energy needs reliably and increasing our clean energy resources, Avista Corporation (Avista) has set goals to serve all of its customers with 100 percent clean electricity by 2045 and to have a carbon-neutral electricity supply by the end of 2027. Avista similarly is planning to meet requirements of the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) by acquiring clean energy resources and alternative compliance options to meet the 2030 goal of a carbon-neutral electric supply for Washington customers. Avista is on track to meet this requirement and uses its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to address the progress toward the goal. Avista’s IRP planning process is documented online.
Avista’s 2021 Electric IRP filed on April 1, 2021 reflects a need for new resources within the next four years to comply with CETA. According to the Purchase of Resource (PoR) rules in Washington (WAC 480-107), Avista must issue an all source Request for Proposal (RFP) based on this projected resource need. Avista filed an exemption to delay the draft RFP filing until November 1, 2021. On July 29, 2021 the exemption was approved by the WUTC in Docket UE-210486. Based on the PoR review process and timeline and following Commission approval of the RFP, Avista will solicit bids for its 2022 All Source RFP by February 14, 2022 with a draft available for public review by November 1, 2021.
Avista is looking for opportunities to engage potential bidders and build awareness of its RFP process. Avista encourages all bidders able to meet the minimum requirements to participate and is encouraging bids from developers representing minority-, women-, disabled- and veteran-owned businesses. Avista is promoting its RFP in its current Clean Energy Implementation Plan (CEIP) process as well as with the Avista Equity Advisory Group. Avista encourages bidders to support supplier diversity in its procurement processes.
2022 All Source RFP Schedule and Process
The all source RFP will target resources to meet both the Washington renewable energy need of approximately 50 aMW and capacity needs to meet projected deficits in both Washington and Idaho. As part of this RFP, Avista may bid repowering resources and/or Avista self-builds into the RFP. Avista will utilize an Independent Evaluator (IE) for this RFP.
In addition to preparing RFP documents, Avista conducted an informal Request for Information (RFI) for IE services to select an IE by the end of June 2021. Avista filed for approval of the IE with the WUTC. On August 12, 2021 the WUTC approved Avista’s selection of Sapere as the Independent Evaluator (UE-210545). The IE will participate in the design of the RFP including continued RFP preparations and the regulatory process until the RFP is released in early 2022, and then, participate in the evaluation once proposals are received.
2022 All-Source RFP Schedule*
|November 1, 2021
||Draft 2022 All-Source RFP filed with WUTC
|December 15, 2021
||Public comment period ends
|January 14, 2022
||Commission review period ends; decision anticipated
|February 14, 2022
||Avista publishes the final 2021 All-Source RFP on the 2022 All-Source RFP website myavista.com/AllSourceRFP
||Avista hosts bidders' conference**
|March 25, 2022
||RFP Proposals due to Avista
|April 25, 2022
||Avista posts a compliance report consistent with the requirements of WAC 480-107-035(5) to the 2022 All-Source RFP web site
||Avista selects and notifies Short Listed Bidders
||Detailed Proposals due from Short Listed Bidders
||Final price refresh request
||Avista selects Proposal(s), if any, for further negotiations
||Avista files a compliance report consistent with the requirements of WAC 480-107-145(5) with the WUTC
*Avista filed a petition with the WUTC requesting a 3-month delay which was approved on 7/29/21. This schedule was updated accordingly.
**The 2022 All-Source RFP bidders’ conference details and registration instructions will be posted at myavista.com/AllSourceRFP as they become available.
To date, Avista has consulted with WUTC staff and stakeholders on the RFP process and on the IE selection process. Avista initially utilized the IRP Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) distribution to reach out to other external stakeholders. This webpage will be the primary resource for updates and communicating with interested parties.
Avista is continuing to draft its All Source RFP and will communicate filings, updates, and documents here. As noted in emails to the IRP TAC, this webpage picks up from those communications in order to conduct the All Source RFP in a fair and transparent manner. As the RFP process progresses and new information becomes available, Avista will update this portion of the website.
Check back for documents and meeting schedule.
Questions about the all source RFP may be sent to AllSourceRFP@avistacorp.com.
Information on this page is subject to change.