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The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has released a Request for Offer (RFO) for the purchase of renewable energy, which will identify potential renewable energy contracts to help the utility meet its renewable portfolio standard goals and Greenergy program requirements. Greenergy is the utility's green pricing program, which gives residential and commercial customers the option to pay a monthly premium to ensure that selected amounts of renewable power are purchased on their behalf.

SMUD's renewable energy goal is to have 12% of its electricity needs met with renewables by the end of 2006 and 23% by 2011. SMUD's need for renewable energy continues to increase due to the utility's commitment to expand the amount of power from renewable sources in its power mix and a need to replace current contracts that expire in the coming years.

SMUD is accepting offers for renewables such as wind, geothermal, small hydroelectric, landfill gas, biomass and biodiesel until November 7th. Renewable electric energy providers and project developers can download the RFO documents from SMUD's Electronic Bid Solicitation System Web site at www.bids.smud.org. SMUD notes that registration to the site is required.

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