RFP for electric ‘power solutions’ issued to address Vieques and Culebra
SAN JUAN – The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa) recently announced a request for proposals (RFP) seeking providers of “power solutions” for the electrical system of Vieques and Culebra.
Saying that hurricanes María and Irma caused substantial damage to the utility’s transmission system, “including the interconnection between the main island of Puerto Rico and Vieques,” the announcing release adds that “reestablishing the centralized source of power to the islands will take years of investment and repair.”
During that time, Prepa needs a “workable multi-year solution” to maintain the supply of power to meet electricity demands for the island-municipalities.
Prepa said Vieques needs 15 megawatts (MW) of “safe, stable and reliable 60hZ power.” The system would also power Culebra via the existing submarine cable from Vieques.
The proposed solutions, Prepa adds, must comply with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board requirements that include “New Source Performance Standards and Hazardous Air Pollutant Standards,” among others.
“This RFP is a significant step in implementing PREPA’s current restoration plans, as we work towards a comprehensive vision for powering Puerto Rico’s energy future. We look forward to evaluating solutions that will best serve our customers and the citizens of Puerto Rico for years to come,” Prepa Governing Board Chairman Ernesto Sgroi says in the release.
To view the RFP and related documents, register on PowerAdvocate and request access to event 79057. Proposals are due by May 4.