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NV Energy seeks biogas and biomass proposals in Nevada, US

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Nevada, US-based NV Energy is requesting proposals to add new renewable energy projects to its portfolio. The company is seeking proposals for all areas of renewables, including biomass, biogas, wind, solar and geothermal, which are compliant with Nevada’s existing renewable portfolio standards.

The announcement follows the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada’s approval of 1,190 megawatts of new solar energy and 590 megawatts of battery storage to be built in Nevada, serving customers by January 2024. NV Energy is also considering adding supplement energy storage systems that are integrated with the proposed renewable energy resource and standalone energy storage systems.

Project proposals will be evaluated based on multiple factors, including best value to customers of NV Energy and the creation of economic benefits to the state of Nevada. NV Energy currently serves more than 1.4 million customers throughout Nevada.

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Matt Chester on Jan 23, 2020 5:37 pm GMT

How does Nevada's current biomass/biogas market look?

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Joe Deely on Jan 23, 2020 9:40 pm GMT

The title  is somewhat misleading.... here is what they are looking for.

Nevada, US-based NV Energy is requesting proposals to add new renewable energy projects to its portfolio. The company is seeking proposals for all areas of renewables, including biomass, biogas, wind, solar and geothermal, which are compliant with Nevada’s existing renewable portfolio standards.

Last RFP resulted in solar/storage as winners.

Expect to see these RFPs every year or two as NV Energy replaces a big chunk of its NG generation with renewables by 2030.

Here are projects from prior RFPs( exclude Google project)

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Matt Chester on Jan 23, 2020 10:09 pm GMT

Yeah that was the sense I got was that they're looking for renewables, which happen to include the biomass/biogas, but I was curious if there was some appreciable amount of momentum towards those biogas/biomass in Nevada that would make this round more likely to go there. Thanks for that resource, Joe. 

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Rick Engebretson on Jan 24, 2020 1:50 am GMT

Perhaps the inclusion of biogas and biomass interest in Nevada is due to the increased interest in photochemical processing. I mentioned the Stanford University program before on TEC.

Now we are hearing about the "trillion trees" initiative as an atmospheric carbon abatement attempt. Forest management is also a big issue these days.

I don't know how to approach this renewable energy ignorance anymore. Obviously, fossil fuels are all refined before use. So also, biomaterials should be processed. Adding and storing significant energy from Nevada sunshine in the processing of waste (California) biomass might make sense.

As a side note I'm reading a 1991 book "Managing NFS and NIS," by Hal Stern. He mentions how early computer network IP addresses had to be obtained from "Stanford Research Institute." I love learning from the great minds that change history for the better.

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