New York Power Authority Board to Issue Request For Generating Capacity For New York City Governmental Customers

Connie Cullen

March 11, 2005


NEW YORK—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced Friday its issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for generating capacity to help ensure reliable electricity service for its New York City governmental customers and the thousands of essential facilities they operate.

NYPA is seeking as much as 500 megawatts of in-city capacity to commence no sooner than February 1, 2008, for up to 10 years, as part of a joint planning process with the governmental customers.

The capacity can be provided by power plants in New York City or from facilities outside its borders via dedicated transmission lines to Con Edison’s electric system in the city.   The RFP is designed to encourage diverse bidders including generators based in New York City, generators based in other regional power markets, transmission providers offering expanded transmission service between New York City and other power markets, and bidders offering combined products and financial transactions.

The Power Authority is seeking in-city capacity that qualifies as unforced capacity, or UCAP, under the rules of the New York Independent System Operator.  UCAP is determined based on the capability of the generating plant after adjusting for the monthly forced-outage rate.  The Power Authority will consider bids that offer UCAP only, as well as bids that bundle UCAP with energy.

Last month, the NYPA trustees approved selection of three companies—Entergy, Morgan Stanley Capital Group and Zilkha Energy—for future energy supplies for the New York City governmental customers. Those selections stemmed from competitive review of proposals from an earlier RFP.

Those interested in receiving a copy of the latest RFP should contact the Power Authority’s Director of Supply Planning, Pricing and Power Contracts, Jordan Brandeis (