BG&E files request seeking proposals for power plant Utility must now ask for competitive bids

July 17, 1992

Following an order to give other companies a chance to build power plants, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. filed this week with the Public Service Commission a request for proposals to build a 140-megawatt power plant by 1995.

The filing stems from a May 21 decision by the commission ordering BG&E to seek competitive bids from other companies for future power plants.

BG&E traditionally has built its own power plants.

The May ruling also has thrown into question whether an earlier contract with AES Corp. of Arlington, Va., to build a 300-megawatt plant for BG&E after 1995 must also be put out to bid.

As a result, BG&E has said it will ask the commission on Aug. 5 to consider another request for bids that would consolidate the 140-megawatt request with the 300-megawatt proposal.

The commission's ruling stemmed from a case brought by Cogen Technologies of Houston, which contested BG&E's plans to build a power plant in Perryman in Harford County.

A PSC hearing examiner ruled that BG&E must give Cogen a chance to bid. But the full PSC opened the bidding to all companies. Cogen has asked the PSC to reconsider that decision.

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