Indiana's NIPSCO awaits bids in 2.6-GW wind, solar RfP

Wind farm in Indiana. Photo by: David Joyce. License: Creative Commons. Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic.

October 15 (Renewables Now) - Northern Indiana Public Service Company LLC (NIPSCO) is seeking proposals for 2,600 MW of wind and solar capacity, plus some additional energy storage, in support of a plan to become coal-free by 2028.

The natural gas and power distributor, which is a subsidiary of US utility NiSource Inc (NYSE:NI), has issued requests for proposals (RfPs) that target 300 MW of wind and 2,300 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, all of which could be either standalone or paired with storage capacity. A separate competition is open for other resources, including fossil facilities and system power options.

The pre-qualification deadline is October 16, while proposals are due by November 20, 2019.

Under its latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), NIPSCO intends to shut down the bulk of its coal-powered plants by 2023 and replace them with lower-cost renewable energy resources. In February, the power provider said it had agreed with three separate project developers to add about 800 MW of new wind power capacity in Indiana by late 2020.

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