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Wind Repowering Solicitation

Xcel Energy seeks proposals for repowered wind resources in the Upper Midwest

Xcel Energy is soliciting proposals for wind repowering projects. Upgrading wind farms with the latest technology is part of our proposal to jump-start the economy by creating jobs, providing relief for customers and speeding the clean energy transition while keeping bills low.

Xcel Energy is requesting repowering proposals for wind resources already in its Upper Midwest portfolio. These may propose to repower Xcel Energy-owned wind projects, or projects under purchase power agreements, or build-own-transfer agreements with projects currently under PPA. Eligible projects must have a point of interconnection within MISO and must be located in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or Wisconsin.

Bid submission deadline

Complete proposals must be submitted to us by 5:00 p.m. Central Time on August 21, 2020. All proposals must be sent electronically, via email, to the Solicitation Project Manager at NSPWindSolicitation@xcelenergy.com.

Estimated schedule

The schedule is subject to change.

Solicitation issued  July 27, 2020
Deadline for submitting questions from bidders August 5, 2020
NSP will post responses to bidder questions August 12, 2020
Proposal due date, 5:00 p.m. CT August 21, 2020
NSP bid evaluation and selection completed September 18, 2020
Regulatory filing with MPUC for all proposed projects September 25, 2020
PPA/BOT contract negotiations completed October 16, 2020
Follow up regulatory filing with MPUC finalized October 19, 2020
Anticipated regulatory approval Q4 2020

Additional information

Prior to submitting a proposal, please review all files below in the Documents section. These documents include detailed instructions and requirements needed to develop and submit a proposal. Inquiries about this solicitation will be accepted only by email to NSPWindSolicitation@xcelenergy.com.

Documents

The Solicitation Document and appendices are available through the links below.

NSP Wind Repowering Solicitation Document (PDF)

Appendix A: Proposal Forms and Instructions (XLSX)

Appendix B: 

Attachment A: NSP's Model Wind Power Purchase Agreement (DOCX)

Attachment B: NSP's Wind Farm Technical Requirements (DOCX)

Attachment C: NSP's Model Term Sheet for the Purchase and Sale of a Repowered Operational Wind Project (DOCX)

Communication protocol and frequently asked questions

The primary point of contact for all bidder communication related to this Solicitation is the Wind Solicitation Project Manager.

Information regarding the NSP Wind Solicitation will not be provided via telephone inquiries from any email other than to/from the Wind Solicitation Project Manager.

Potential bidders are advised to periodically check the FAQ on this webpage for updated information. Potential bidders may receive an emailed copy of any FAQ updates as soon as they have been completed if they provide their contact information to the Wind Solicitation Project Manager and ask to be placed on the FAQ mailing list.

Please email the Wind Solicitation Project Manager with any other questions.

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