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Xcel Making Strides With SmartGridCity

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November 17, 2015
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Xcel Energy has announced that construction has begun on SmartGridCity, a project based in Boulder, Colo., that will provide customers with a portfolio of smart-grid technologies designed to provide environmental, financial and operational benefits."We're on our way toward building the grid of the future and making SmartGridCity a reality," says Dick Kelly, Xcel's chairman, president and CEO. "In SmartGridCity, our customers will have more information, including the tools to communicate directly with us, and will choose when and how they use their energy based on price, generating resource or convenience.

"Phase I, which is scheduled to be completed, is the demonstration phase - initial installations will take place to test capabilities and gauge customer reaction. Phase II, which will run from September to December 2009, will be a full deployment phase to a broader customer base.Xcel Energy and its partners have started installing the high-speed communications network and smart-grid sensing equipment necessary for deploying SmartGridCity, which will enable two-way communication between customers and the utility. The company has also ordered approximately 15,000 Landis+Gyr smart meters, which will be installed by August.

Tampa, Florida-based Seminole Electric Cooperative Inc. has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to identify potential sources of renewable energy.The Florida generation and transmission cooperative says it is seeking up to 250 MW of renewable energy to help meet its member systems' growing demand and to diversify its resource portfolio.The cooperative adds that this RFP is open to all providers, including independent power producers, renewable energy providers, exempt wholesale generators, qualifying facilities as defined under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, and electric utilities.Seminole is not charging a fee for proposal submissions, which are due by June 13.

American Electric Power (AEP) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking long-term purchases of up to 200 MW of new renewable energy resources.According to the RFP, proposals must rely on commercially proven technologies for renewable energy, including solar. The generation must be operational by the end of 2010.The renewable RFP is part of AEP's plan - announced in 2007 - to add 1,000 MW of new wind or renewable energy by 2011 as a component of the company's comprehensive strategy to address its greenhouse gas emissions. The addition of renewable energy to AEP's energy portfolio avoids an increase in greenhouse gas emissions that would otherwise occur if AEP used traditional fossil generation to meet growing customer demand.A pre-bid conference call for potential bidders will be conducted May 21, and proposals must be submitted by June 30.
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