Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Power Supply Request for Proposals
Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Inc. (“JEMC”) is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative, headquartered in Espanola, New Mexico serving more than 27,500 members and consumers in five northern New Mexico counties – McKinley, Rio Arriba, San Juan, Sandoval, Santa Fe – and three service districts – Espanola, Jemez Springs, and Cuba. It is the largest electric cooperative in New Mexico and includes in its territory Native American lands including those of the Jicarilla Apache Nation, the Navajo Nation as well as the Pueblos of Jemez, Nambe, Ohkay Owingeh, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, Santa Ana, Santa Clara and Zia. JMEC has an annual peak of approximately 66 MW and retail loads totaling approximately 350,000 MWh annually. JMEC’s territory covers 7,000 square miles and 4,142 miles of transmission and distribution lines. On behalf of JMEC, EnerVision is issuing this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) to solicit power supply proposals for a significant portion of JMEC’s needs for electric capacity and energy (“Proposals”).
JMEC is issuing the RFP for wholesale electric supply to serve the retail load within the service territory of JMEC for partial requirements beginning approximately January 1, 2023, for a combination of terms lengths including a shorter renewing term of six months to one year, and longer term of 20 or 25 years. Pertinent information will be distributed to all parties who have executed and delivered a Confidentiality Agreement with JMEC. A Confidentiality Agreement will be distributed to respondents upon written request.
JMEC is a member of Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. (“TSGT”) and purchases bundled wholesale service pursuant to a Wholesale Electric Service Agreement (“Wholesale Agreement”) with a term extending through December 31, 2050. Under the Wholesale Agreement, TSGT currently provides all of JMEC’s requirements for electric capacity and energy with the exception of a five percent load release for member-owned renewable and distributed generation and two percent load release for community solar generation. JMEC also purchases bundled transmission service from TSGT under the terms of the Wholesale Agreement and relevant TSGT policies.
JMEC has begun to evaluate changing its TSGT’s membership classification to partial requirements to better serve our diverse membership. If effectuated, this change in JMEC’s TSGT membership classification will materially increase JMEC’s load that is available to be served by third party suppliers. JMEC is in the pursuit of competitive offers for wholesale electric supplies while JMEC and TSGT engage in ongoing discussions regarding the details of implementing
JMEC’s change in its TSGT’s membership classification to partial requirements.
Through the issuance of this RFP, JMEC is soliciting proposals for wholesale power supply with the explicit understanding that JMEC acceptance of any proposal is conditional on JMEC reaching agreement with TSGT on terms and conditions to change its TSGT membership classification to partial requirements as well as negotiating, executing, and delivering a new form of wholesale power agreement with TSGT, satisfying its contractual or bylaw obligations required by TSGT, and approval of the aforementioned by JMEC’s Board of Trustees.