By New Mexico Business Weekly

Public Service Co. of New Mexico has issued a request for proposals to build at least 21 megawatts, and possibly up to 200 megawatts, of additional natural gas-fired electric generation.

The company is seeking quick-start, natural gas technology to meet expected peak demand for customers in northern New Mexico in the next five years.

PNMâ¿¿s peak demand reached 1,973 megawatts in 2010. The company expects that to grow to 2,046 MW by 2016, despite accounting for savings from energy efficiency programs and additional solar power installed by customers, said PNM Vice President of Generation Patrick Themig.

⿿Without the addition of new generation resources and assuming moderate load growth, PNM⿿s generation capacity will be about 7 percent higher than the expected peak demand in 2016,⿝ Themig said. ⿿We are required by the state to have a 13 percent reserve margin. So, we will need to start planning now to add generation capacity that can start quickly to ensure reliable power to our customers.⿝

The deadline to respond to the RFP is Dec. 22. A pre-bid conference for developers is planned for Oct. 17.

For more information, visit online. Bidders can submit questions in writing to

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