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Overview

The Public Utlities Commission (PUC) approved GPA's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) in December 2008.  A primary strategic goal in the IRP is fuel diversification.  The IRP identifies several ways to introduce fuel diversification including Renewable Energy Resources.

The PUC has ordered the Authority to proceed with the IRP recommendation to acquire Renewable Resources.  Thus, GPA initiated its solicitation to acquire renewable energy resource in April 2008 by announcing the first of two phases to solicit proposals for renewable energy resources.  Acceptable renewable technologies in these solicitations include those technologies that meet the renewable resources definition by Energy Information Administration (EIA), a branch of the U.S. Department of Energy.


Phase 1 – Solicitation

In April 2008 GPA announced an Invitation for Multi-Step Bid (Bid No. GPA-038-09) for renewable energy resources in the form of purchase power contract(s). The bid closed on September 2009 and was cancelled on November 30, 2009 due Public Law 30-66, enacted on November 27, 2009. 

On January 4, 2011 GPA released Invitation for Bid No. GPA-027-11 for Renewable Resource Acquisition. The following is a summary of the bid scope:

  • Proposals to include a firm fixed price (or similar pricing formulation) for delivery of energy for a period of at least 10 years and no longer than 30 years.
  • GPA will pay for the actual amount of energy produced by designated renewable resources that is delivered to its transmission grid.
  • The bid is open to all types of renewable resource technology bid consistent with the U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy web site definitions (http://www.eere.energy.gov/topics/renewable_energy.html)
  • The Phase 1 Acquisition will focus on bids that can be operational within 36 months of the award(s). 
  • OTEC and Sea Water Air Conditioning are included under this definition for renewable energy.
  • Bids are price competitive.

It should be noted that under certain circumstances GPA may:

  • At its sole discretion, choose to “prepay” all or a portion of the energy to be delivered under an accepted offer.
  • Require a transmission interconnection study be undertaken so as to assure the proposed resource can be integrated successfully into GPA’s transmission system and generation operations.  The proposer will be required to pay for the studies undertaken by GPA.

See Related Links & Downloads below for 2009 Solar Siting Study, GPA Wind Tower Site Assessment, and Navy Wind Study posted on 2/16/2010

Phase I Updates:

Bid No. GPA-027-11 closed on June 1, 2011 and two bidders have been selected for award. GPA completed the system impact study in May 2012.  Contract signing for Quantum Guam Power for 20MW Solar Renewable Power Purchase Agreement was on June 27, 2012. 

Update 05/16/13:  Contract signing for Pacific Green Resources for 15 MW of Wind/Solar Renewable Power Purchase Agreements was on March 14, 2013.  Since then Quantum Guam Power has acquired, through assignment, the 5.65MW Solar PPA from Pacific Green Resources. 

Update 03/28/14: NRG Energy acquired Quantum Guam Power and 25.65 MW total of PPAs on July 11, 2013.  Commercial operation for the initial PPA is anticipated late September 2014.


Phase 2 – Solicitation - updated 03/28/14

In this phase GPA anticipates releasing a “Request for Proposal” and/or “Request for Bid” in late 2014.  This request will seek proposals in which the following apply:

  • Acquisition of renewable resources that require longer lead times to develop.
  • Include participation by GPA in project development, construction, operation, maintenance or ownership options.
  • Include elements related to risk sharing or performance rewards that are compatible with GPA’s goals.
  • While there is no restriction on the type of renewable resource technology to be proposed, the Phase 2 acquisition will focus on bids that can be operational within 60 months of the award(s).
  • Proposals are price competitive.

It should be noted that under certain circumstances GPA may:

  • At its sole discretion, choose to “prepay” all or a portion of the capacity and or energy to be delivered under an accepted offer.
  • Require a transmission interconnection study be undertaken so as to assure the proposed resource can be integrated successfully into GPA’s transmission system and generation operations.  The proposer will be required to pay for the studies undertaken by GPA.

As mentioned above, GPA seeks bids and proposals for “price competitive” renewable resources.  GPA currently uses oil related fuels for electricity production.  GPA’s forecast of future oil prices that was developed as a part of the IRP process can be found on the GPA website listed above.  It is GPA’s goal to select offers having the greatest value when viewed in the context of other factors in the offer.  GPA reserves the right to select all, some or none of the offers made, at its sole discretion.


Questions on GPA's Renewable Energy Resources Acquisition may be addressed as follows:
             
                      Mr. Joaquin C. Flores, General Manager
                      (Ref.  GPA Renewable Acquisition)
                      Guam Power Authority
                      P.O. Box 2977
                      Hagatna, GU  96932-2977
                      Email:  gpa_renew1@guampowerauthority.com
                      Fax:  (671) 648-3165 (Procurement)

All bid announcements and links to procurement documents will be made available on the GPA's Procurement webpage.


Related Links & Downloads - updated 3/28/14

GPA Cotal Site Wind Data. Since August 2011 GPA has been collecting wind data in the Cotal area.  The following are monthly summary reports and the associated validated data.  Click on the file name to download.

Month
Summary Report
Validated Data
2011 08
2011 09
2011 10
2011 11

2011 12

2012 01
2012 02
2012 03
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2012 05
2012 06
2012 07
2012 08
2012 09
2012 10
2012 11
2012 12
2013 01
2013 02
2013 03

Cotal Wind Data Guam 201303 Validated.xls (2.48 Mb)

2013 04
2013 05
2013 06
2013 07
2013 08

 

GPA Meteorological (Met) Tower Wind Data.  GPA has extracted 5 years of wind data from its Met Tower located at the Cabras, Piti area.  This Met Tower is primarily used for fuel switching purposes, however wind direction and speed data is available.

Guam Wind Assessment Reports - GPA has been provided access to reports for Guam wind assessment and potential energy production for two wind turbine models.  At the request of the document owner the documents exclude owner reference however the report information has been allowed for posting.  GPA makes no guarantees or warranties regarding any wind, solar, meteorological, or other related data which may be used in the development of renewable energy resources on Guam. 

Navy Wind Study Raw Data. Raw data reports for frequency distribution and time series data from October 2008-September 2009.

2009 Solar Siting Study evaluates undeveloped properties on Guam for potential solar plant siting.  Click Here to Download File (PDF, 5.83 Mb)

GPA Wind Tower Site Assessment identifies siting for two wind towers on Guam to evaluate potential wind farm siting.  Click Here to Download File (PDF, 1.58 Mb)

Navy Wind Study provides wind data on Navy property from October 2008 thru November 2009.  Click Here to Download File (PDF, 758 Mb)


GPA's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) Webpage provides information on the development of the IRP and access to the IRP documents

GPA Presentation on LEAC and Fuel Oil Updates (April 7, 2009)Click Here to Download File (PDF, 438 Mb)

Public Law 29-62, "An Act to Promote the Development of Renewable Energy..", establishes goals for GPA's Renewable Portfolio Standards.  Click Here to Download File (PDF, 245 Mb)

Public Law 25-175, "An Act to Approve and Amend the Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan", prohibits construction or operation of a municipal solid waste incinerator or waste-to-energy facilities.  Biomass developers should be aware of this statute and develop plans to address it in future proposals.  Click Here to Download File (PDF, 141 Mb)

Public Law 30-66, “An act to add Subsections (14) and (15) to Section 8104 of Chapter 8 of Title 12, Guam Code Annotated, and to add Subsections (n) and (o) to Section 14104 of Chapter 14 of Title 12, Guam Code Annotated, and to amend Subsection (c) of Section 14104.1 and Section 14404 of Chapter 14 of Title 12, Guam Code Annotated, relative to permitting the Guam Power Authority and the Guam Waterworks Authority to enter into Long Term Contracts.”  Click Here to Download File (PDF, 238 Mb)

GUAM CODE ANNOTATED SEARCH ENGINE, an online access to Guam Laws through the Office of the Compiler of Laws.

GPA Notice of Intention to Acquire Renewable Energy Resources, Jan 2009 (34 Mb) GPA's announcement of the its renewable resource acquisition.




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