FirstEnergy Corp., Akron, Ohio, has announced that a fourth Request for Proposal (RFP) will be conducted to secure Ohio in-state solar renewable energy credits (Ohio SRECs) for customers of its Ohio utilities, which include Ohio Edison, Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company and Toledo Edison. The Ohio SRECs will be used to help meet the companies’ 2010 solar renewable energy requirements under Ohio law.

The RFP seeks to secure Ohio SRECs for compliance year 2010, which must have been generated from solar facilities in Ohio between July 31, 2008, and January 1, 2011. There is no limit to the number of bidders, but they must meet certain proposal qualifications as outlined in the RFP. Also, no energy or capacity will be purchased under this RFP. The due date for proposals is March 18, 2011. Navigant Consulting, a global consulting firm with experience in energy markets and procurement, will manage the RFP.

Bidding information for the RFP is available on FirstEnergy's Web site, and questions will be answered directly through the site. Interested parties may also contact Navigant at (516) 876-4036, or via e-mail at rfp@navigantconsulting.com.