2022 All-Source RFP
Summary of Proposals
Pursuant to WAC 480-107-035(5) Avista posts the following summary of proposals.
Bid Fee Process
Once Bids are received Avista will prepare invoices for bid fees. Bidders will receive an invoice by April 6, 2022. Bidders should be prepared to pay bid fees within two weeks of receiving invoice.
RFP Bidders Conference
February 28, 2022 3:00 - 4:30 pm (PST) 2022
Presentation and summary from the RFP Bidders Conference can be found below in the Q&A section.
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 18, 2022
||Avista publishes the final 2022 All-Source RFP on the 2022 All-Source RFP website myavista.com/AllSourceRFP
|February 28, 2022 3:00 - 4:30 pm (PST) 2022
||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
|June 10, 2022
||Avista selects and notifies Short Listed Bidders
|July 18, 2022
||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(2) 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.
***Target date subject to change.
RFP Bidder's Conference - February 28, 2022
The following is a summary of Q&A received from potential Bidders.
Q. In the preliminary information Exhibit B, section 3.1a and 3.1c, do both need to be filled out?
A. Yes, recognizing If you are bidding a bus-bar product than 3.1a and 3.1c will be the same.
Q. How should Bidders add pricing for additional years for bids with longer than 20 year terms?
A. Exhibit B is editable to add rows to section 3 as applicable.
Q. What is preferred approach to show alternate bids?
A. If alternate pricing is the only difference, please note this and bidders may simply add another pricing tab and label accordingly. If there are other differences in the option or it is a separate bid then a separate Exhibit B would be required.
Q. Regarding the transmission table in the main RFP document, delivering power from a generation resource located in the Grant County region would require the seller to procure non-Avista transmission to the Avista interconnection?
A. Yes. Any resource integrated on a third-party system will, at minimum, require transmission service on that third-party’s system to reach the Avista Transmission System. However, with respect to the Grant County PUD system, Avista’s interconnections with Grant PUD are effectively at the MIDC location referenced in Table 4. Accordingly, per Table 4, there is currently no long-term firm import capacity available on the Avista system from the MIDC point. So a resource located on the Grant PUD system may need to be transferred across the Grant PUD system and/or the BPA system to reach a point where Avista can import the resource.
Q. For an existing upgrade, is Project capacity the net at the interconnection point?
A. Project capacity should be the additional capacity projected with the upgrade (i.e. capacity before and after the upgrade)
Q. Is parasitic load zero (e.g. facility service power) if it is supplied by the generation prior to the interconnection point?
Q. Where can we find the Named Community map?
A. The map is in the Washington Clean Energy Implementation Plan filing on the Avista website. This map is subject to change, however, Avista will verify Project locations and applicability to the Named Community map.
Q. What is Avista’s electric service territory?
A. A list of zip codes where Avista has electric service has been included in the Q&A. Avista will verify Project locations as they relate to Avista’s service territory.
Q. In Exhibit B, section 3, what costs go in period “0”?
A. This is for expenses prior to COD.
Q. In the Thermal Resources tab, should section 4.2 refer to Btu/kWh (instead of MMBtu/KWh)?
A. Yes, it should be Btu/kWh.
Q. In the Thermal Resources tab, what is “Btu/unit”?
A. Thermal units per unit of energy (e.g. Btu/green ton wood waste)
Q. Will an LOI suffice for site control to meet the general requirements?
Q. Does a Project meet general requirements to be evaluated even if it does not currently have TSRs going to Avista’s system within BPA (if applicable)?
A. Simply describing how Project will interconnect and deliver energy meets general requirements, however, where a Project is in the interconnection queue process is scored according to the evaluation methodology.
Q. Can Avista use its NT contract to deliver Project power?
Q. With regard to credit requirement of operating security of $25/kW per contract year, would that be cumulative? Can you provide an example for a 20 MW project with a 5 year term require?
A. Yes, it would be 20,000 x $25 x 5 years = $2,500,000 however it would be reduced each year. Also, this depends on credit rating. Depending on credit rating it could be lower or zero.
Q. What 8760 values are requested?
A. For 8760 it should be P50. If the Project has annual values such as P90 those would be helpful as well.
Q. In the Intermittent Resources-8760 tab, is the note in column E cut off?
A. Yes, the note for projects with solar + storage the note should read “If Project has non dispatchable storage include expected output adjusted for storage”
Q. Will Avista accept edits to the Confidentiality Agreement?
A. No, in order to maintain consistency for Bidders and to utilize a standard format, no edits will be accepted to Exhibit A.
Building on our commitment to meeting our customers’ energy needs reliably and increasing our clean energy resources, Avista Corporation (Avista) seeks energy solutions to add energy, capacity and renewables to Avista’s portfolio. Avista, through a request for proposal (RFP), is seeking power generation and demand management proposals from bidders to meet its clean energy goals and projected resource needs.
Avista has also 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 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) filed on April 1, 2021 reflects a need for new resources to meet requirements of the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA). The IRP is a 20-year forecast of potential generation and energy efficiency resources to meet customer capacity and energy needs for both Idaho and Washington.
According to the Purchase of Resource (PoR) rules in Washington (WAC 480-107), Avista issued a draft all source Request for Proposal (RFP) based on this projected resource need. Draft RFP documents were available publicly and filed with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) on November 1, 2021. The draft RFP was revised and filed with the WUTC on January 14, 2022. The WUTC approved the RFP on February 10, 2022, Avista will solicit bids for its 2022 All Source RFP on February 18, 2022. Final RFP documents are available below:
- Request for Proposal
- Exhibit A – Mutual Confidentiality Agreement
- Exhibit B – Preliminary Proposal Information Sheet
- Exhibit C – Short Listed Detailed Proposal Requirements
- Exhibit D – Evaluation Methodology
- Exhibit E – Sample Evaluation Rubric
- Exhibit F – Customer Information Release
- Exhibit G – RFP PPA (Standard Contract) Template
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 seeks generation and demand management resources to meet capacity and energy shortfalls between 2026 and 2030. In addition to renewable energy needs, Avista seeks approximately 196 MW of winter capacity and 190 MW of summer capacity by 2030 for reliability. As part of this RFP, Avista may bid repowering resources and/or Avista self-builds into the RFP. Avista will utilize an Independent Evaluator to participate in the design and assist in evaluating proposals.
The all source RFP seeks generation and demand management resources to meet capacity and energy shortfalls between 2026 and 2030. In addition to renewable energy needs, Avista seeks approximately 196 MW of winter capacity and 190 MW of summer capacity by 2030 for reliability. 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 to participate in the design and assist in evaluating proposals.
In addition to preparing RFP documents, Avista conducted an informal Request for Information (RFI) for IE services to select an IE during the summer of 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.
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 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.