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January 09, 2002

Nevada Renewable Energy Proposals Total 4,300 Megawatts

Two Nevada utilities — Sierra Pacific Power Company and Nevada Power Company — received 49 proposals totaling nearly 4,300 megawatts in response to their recent request for renewable energy project proposals. Of those proposals, 3,000 megawatts would be generated from wind power, 784 from geothermal and biomass power, and 385 from solar power. The companies solicited the bids to meet a new state law that requires them to gradually increase the percentage of power they generate from renewable energy sources. See the Sierra Pacific press release.

Meanwhile, Xcel Energy announced in early December that it has opened bidding for 1,000 megawatts of new electrical capacity to serve its customers in the Upper Midwest. Although any fuel source is eligible, a Minnesota statute provides a preference for renewable energy, and the company is encouraging proposals that draw at least partially on renewable energy resources. See the Xcel Energy press release.